RAU, WILD DOWN RAMPAGE
DES MOINES, IA (Mar. 12, 2019) – Kyle Rau netted two goals and Andrew Hammond made 25 saves to guide the Iowa Wild (32-18-12)to a 4-1 win over the San Antonio Rampage (27-29-6) on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
Klim Kostin scored the lone Rampage goal, as San Antonio remained seven points out of the Central Division’s final playoff spot. Ville Husso made 14 saves in the loss.
Will Bitten opened the scoring at 15:28 of the first period with his seventh goal of the season. Nate Prosser fed Bitten in the left circle with a pass from the right-wing boards. Bitten’s initial try was stopped by Husso, but the rebound was kicked right back to Bitten for the put-back and a 1-0 Wild lead.
Kostin tied the score with his eighth goal of the season at 11:25 of the second period. Ryan Olsen swung a pass through the goalmouth from the side of the net. Kostin and Jordan Kyrou jammed at the puck in front of Hammond, and Kostin had the final touch to force the puck over the goal line.
Olsen has nine points in his last nine games.
On the ensuing face-off following the goal, Kostin was called for a cross-checking minor after he joined an altercation between Olsen and Mason Shaw. The Wild capitalized on the power play, as Cal O’Reilly netted a feed from Rau for his 13th goal of the season at 11:57 to make it 2-1.
Rau extended the Iowa lead at 2:12 of the third, taking a Sam Anas feed at the side of the Rampage net and wrapping it to the front for a power-play goal and his 21st marker of the season.
Rau has 15 power play goals this season, tied for the AHL lead.
The Wild would cap the scoring at 17:21 with Rau sliding the puck into an empty net for his second goal of the game, completing a three-point night.
Conner Bleackley earned a fighting major in the second period when he dropped the gloves with Wild defenseman Brennan Menell, responding to a check onBobby MacIntyre.
The Rampage have lost five straight on the road and fell to 6-22-4 on the road this season.
San Antonio’s power play was held scoreless, snapping a streak of five consecutive games with at least one power-play tally.
The Rampage and Wild meet again on Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena, their eighth meeting of the season. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, with the game available on the Ticket 760AM and on AHLTV.
Goals: Kostin (8)
Ville Husso: 14 saves on 17 shots
Power Play: 0-for-4
Penalty Kill: 2-for-4
1) Cal O’Reilly – IA
2) Andrew Hammond – IA
3) Sam Anas – IA