MILWAUKEE, WI – The Iowa Wild (24-25-6-4, 58 points) defeated the Milwaukee Admirals (27-20-6-6, 66 points) 3-2 in front of 2,866 fans at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Wednesday night. Wild forwards Stephane Veilleux, Zack Phillips and Brett Bulmer each scored in the first period, as Iowa held on for the one-goal win. Phillips added an assist as Iowa won back-to-back games for the first time since late January.
Iowa goalie Johan Gustafsson (10-13-2) picked up his second straight win by stopping 30 of 32 Admirals shots, helping Iowa improve to 14-10-3-3 on the road. Milwaukee goalie Marek Mazanec (11-8-3) made 13 saves, as the Admirals four-game winning streak came to a halt. The Wild begins a six-game homestand starting on Sunday, Mar. 16 at 5:05 P.M. against the San Antonio Rampage.
Iowa charged out of the gates, claiming a 1-0 lead at 6:46 of the opening frame. Forwards Brett Bulmer and Zack Phillips converged on an Admirals defender behind the Milwaukee net. Bulmer came away with the puck and jammed in the rebound from his wraparound attempt. Bulmer’s 11th goal of the season started Iowa’s first-period scoring. The Wild cashed in on the team’s second power play of the night, taking a 2-0 lead at 11:08.
Winger Tyler Graovac slipped a pass from the half-wall to Brad Winchester, who was parked low in the corner. Winchester snapped a cross-ice pass to Zack Phillips, who rifled a one-timer past goalie Marek Mazanec for his 11th goal of the season. Just over two minutes later, the club made it a 3-0 lead at 13:35. Defenseman Tyler Cuma snapped a pass from the left point to the right-wing circle for Kris Foucault. The Iowa forward immediately fired a pass to the left-wing side of the crease. Forward Stephane Veilleux tucked the pass into the back of the Milwaukee net for his fifth goal of the season and a three-goal lead through the first period of play.
The Admirals connected for the lone goal of the second period, getting on the scoreboard at 9:04 of the middle frame. Mikka Salomaki picked up a hard rim in the left-wing Iowa corner and snapped the puck to the net. Iowa goalie Johan Gustafsson was moving back into position when the puck snuck past him on the short side. Forward Austin Watson and defenseman Scott Ford each had an assist on Salomaki’s 15th goal of the year.
Nearly halfway through the third period, Milwaukee’s Joe Piskula ripped a slapshot past Gustafsson at8:01 of the final frame. Center Calle Jarnkrok won a faceoff back to the blueline for Piskula, who blasted his third goal of the season into the Iowa net, trimming the deficit to 3-2.