Last year the Wild boys stunk it up in this tourny. An horrendous showing that prompted DR to leave a lot of those guys off the training camp roster - and possibly was the touchstone for the dismal year in Houston (who really knows).
So last night, perhaps armed with the motivation of knowing that another crappy showing would ensure another quick trip to Houston (or, metaphorically speaking, points south), the Wild apparently "got it".
Wild.com reports that the boys in green and red trounced the Stars' prospects 5-1. Feel-good Cinderella story Moises Gutierrez scored not one but TWO goals (both in the first period), and He Who Must Be Named (because he owns the best name in hockey) Cal Clutterbuck also chipped in a pair. Former Gopher Danny Irmen (whose game I feel is well-suited to the NHL) had the other goal for the Wild.
Miroslav Kopriva went the distance for us, finishing with 26 saves.
Tommy T was in the audience and reportedly liked what he saw. It was also new Aeros' coach Kevin Constantine's first official game behind the bench in a Wild-related capacity.
NHL.com has a blog about the tournament that has some more info if you're interested.
The Wild's next game is today at 3pm ET against the BJs' prospects.