DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Wild (25-25-6-4, 60 points) defeated the San Antonio Rampage (25-28-3-6, 59 points) 2-1 in front of 5,981 fans at the Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday. Wild defenseman Steven Kampfer scored with 5:09 remaining in regulation, breaking a 1-1 tie and pushing Iowa in front. Iowa goalie Johan Gustafsson (11-13-2) picked up his third straight win by stopping 27 of 29. Rookie forward Raphael Bussieres also scored, as Iowa improved to 11-15-3-1 at home. San Antonio goalie and Iowa native, Scott Clemmensen (1-5-0) stopped 30 of 32. The Wild continues a six-game homestand on Wesdnesday, Mar. 19 at 7:05 P.M. against the Texas Stars.
Iowa scored the period’s lone goal off a transition play that started with a save by goalie Johan Gustafsson. Defenseman Corbin Baldwin swept the rebound from the crease around the boards to forward Raphael Bussieres. The Iowa rookie carried the puck through center and into the San Antonio slot. Bussieres snapped a wrist shot past the outstretched glove of Rampage goalie Scott Clemmensen. His fifth goal of the year gave Iowa a 1-0 lead at 14:30.
San Antonio tied the game at 6:24 of the second period off a tip by forward Anthony Luciani. He dropped a pass inside the Iowa blueline for Jed Ortmeyer, who stepped into a slapshot. Luciani tipped the puck on its way to the net, sending the shot past Gustafsson for the 1-1 tie. The goal was his first of the year.
Late in the third period, Iowa defenseman Steven Kampfer joined the rush and netted his sixth goal of the year at 14:51. Captain Jake Dowell carried the puck down the left-wing wall and slipped a pass to Kampfer. The Wild defenseman rifled a wrist shots past Clemmensen from the high-slot, giving Iowa a 2-1 lead.