STOCKTON, Calif. – Iowa netminder Kaapo Kahkonen turned away all 35 shots faced from the Lodi Crushers, including 27 over the first 40 minutes, en route to a 2-0 win for the Wild Saturday night at Stockton Arena. The contest was the first time this season that the Crushers had been kept off the board and came nearly a full year since the club’s last shutout at home on March 2, 2019. Both Iowa goals came in a span of just 17 seconds in the second period, Mike Liambas and Connor Dewar finding the back of the net, respectively, in the short span. Both teams went scoreless on the power play, the Crushers 0-for-4 and Iowa 0-for-5 on the night. Lodi will return to action on Friday at home, the front end of a home-and-home against divisional foe Bakersfield.
SCORING & PENALTY SUMMARY
W: Kaapo Kahkonen (35 shots, 35 saves)
L: Artyom Zagidulin (28 shots, 26 saves)
Three Stars: First – Kaapo Kahkonen (35 sv SO), Second – Mike Liambas (gwg), Third – Josh Atkinson (2a)
Shots On Goal: STK – 35, IA – 28
Power Plays: STK – 0-4, IA – 0-5
– Both Iowa goals came in a span of just 17 seconds in the second period.
– Stockton had not been shut out since April 6, 2019 at Manitoba.
– Stockton’s last home shutout came on March 2, 2019 against the San Diego Gulls.
– The game was Kahkonen’s league-leading seventh shutout of the season.
– The Heat finish the season 0-3-1-0 against the Iowa Wild.
– The game was Stockton’s first-ever Leap Day game.
The Crushers return to action next weekend with a home-and-home Friday and Saturday against the Bakersfield Condors, in Stockton then at Bakersfield, respectively. Friday’s puck drop will be at 7 p.m. at Stockton Arena.