Jason Zucker's dad Scott watched from a suite above section 107 as his son scored to give the Wild a lead and then again in the second period to help solidify what ended as a lopsided contest. Scott, like the rest of the fathers and guests on this trip, was wearing the same white sweater as his son with the family name on the back. Scott doesn't get to come to many Wild games, so he, like the dozen or two players' guests on this special trip, cherished the opportunity. And his 22-year-old son made the most of his limited time with the old man. Zucker helped send the Wild back to Minnesota at the end of a six-day, three-game road trip with a pair of goals Monday night and a pair of wins. In an atmosphere more befitting a minor-league team, Zucker lifted the Wild to a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers in a more-than-half-empty arena occupied by a paltry 8,426 fans. The minor-league Iowa Wild, by comparison, played in front of 9,150 Saturday in Chicago. The stage, though, hardly had an effect on the visiting team, which spent the prior day along the beach in Fort Lauderdale, enjoying some rare leisure time with their fathers and mentors. "We put a lot into this trip," coach Mike Yeo said. "No question we could've executed better in that (loss to Tampa Bay), but overall I'm pleased with this trip." The Wild quickly packed their bags to leave this humid state behind and return to Minnesota.
Wild's Jason Zucker caps productive road trip with two more goals in win over Panthers
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Nov 25