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LOVELAND, CO. – The Colorado Eagles picked up second-period goals from Travis Barron and A.J. Greer to erase a 1-0 deficit and help propel the Eagles to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Iowa Wild on Friday. The win was Colorado’s fourth-straight and now improves the Eagles home record to 7-2-2. Colorado goaltender Pavel Francouz collected his fourth-consecutive win in net to improve to 10-4-1-0 on the year.
Iowa jumped on the board early in the contest when defenseman Carson Soucy skated through the top of the left circle and snapped a wrister that would beat Francouz to give the Wild a 1-0 edge just 6:50 into the first period.
Colorado would ramp up the pressure in the second period, outshooting the Wild by a count of 17-7. It would also be a period that would see the Eagles tie the game at 1-1 when Barron raced through the right-wing circle before burying a wrist shot past Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen with only 2:05 remaining in the middle frame.
Only 24 seconds later, Greer would hustle down the right-wing boards before muscling his way through the low-slot and firing a shot into the back of the net to give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage.
Heading into the final period of play, a turnover by Colorado behind the end line would put the puck into the crease where forward Colton Beck would slide it home and tie the game at 2-2 at the 6:34 mark of the final frame of regulation.
Iowa would earn three power plays in the third period, including a full minute of 5-on-3 action, but Francouz and the penalty kill would not surrender another goal and the two teams would head to sudden-death overtime.
Each club threw two shots on net in the extra session, but none of those chances would find the back of the net, sending the Eagles to a shootout for the second-straight contest.
During the shootout, Colorado would net goals from both Michael Joly and Martin Kaut, while Francouz would turn aside two of the Wild’s three shooters to secure the 3-2 victory for Colorado.
The Eagles were a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill but were held 0-for-3 on the man-advantage. Francouz finished the night with 27 saves on 29 shots, while Kahkonen suffered the shootout loss, giving up two goals on 26 shots.
Colorado returns to action when the Eagles play host to the Iowa Wild on Saturday, December 1st at 7:05pm at the Budweiser Events Center.
Single-game tickets for the 2018-19 season are on-sale now and start at just $18 per seat. Purchase your seats today by visiting the Budweiser Events Center box office, online at ColoradoEagles.com or by calling the Eagles ticketing department at 970-686-SHOT (7468).