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Des Moines, IA— Landon Ferraro and Cal O’Reilly each posted four points to help the Iowa Wild defeat the Milwaukee Admirals 5-3 Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.

The regulation-time loss was a rare occurrence for Milwaukee in Des Moines. Since the Wild joined the league in the 2013-2014 season, Milwaukee is 14-3-3-1 at Wells Fargo Arena.

The Wild took over the game with three goals in the second period. The Admirals led 2-1 after the first period, but Iowa went to the locker room at the second intermission with a 4-2 lead. Cal O’Reilly scored at 5:22 when he redirected a pass in the slot into the goal. Ferraro scored his second of the game at 17:18 and Brennan Menell scored his sixth of the season at 19:15.

Milwaukee’s Bobby Butler scored a power play goal at 4:13 of the third period to bring the Admirals within one goal. Butler’s slapshot from the left circle found the back of the cage for his 20th goal of the year. It was Butler’s 199th career AHL point. Alex Carrier and Harry Zolnierczyk picked up the assists.

The Wild closed the scoring when Alex Grant trickled a shot through the legs of Ads netminder Anders Lindback from the right circle at 10:27 of the third period.

Lindback finished the game with 23 saves in the loss.

Iowa took an early lead with a power play goal at 9:07 of the first period. Sam Anas slapped a pass from the right circle toward the left post where Landon Ferraro deflected the puck into the net for his seventh goal, of the season.

Milwaukee tied the game at 10:45 of the first period. Jimmy Oligny held the left point after a Wild clearing attempt and side-stepped a defender as he made his way to the left circle. He then snapped a pass to a wide-open Trevor Mingoia in the right circle and Mingoia lifted the puck high into the net for his second goal of the season.

The Admirals took a 2-1 lead with a shorthanded goal at 12:18 of the first period. Zolnierczyk intercepted a pass from Iowa’s O’Reilly to center point while Iowa was on its second power play. Zolnierczyk sped away with a breakaway and slid a backhander past the left leg of Iowa goalie Niklas Svedberg for his 15th goal of the season. It was the second shorthanded goal for Zolnierczyk this year.

Milwaukee returns home to host Cleveland Tues., Jan. 23 at Panther Arena.

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