Landers complete 3-in-3 Sunday
Fort Wayne, IN – The Iowa Heartlanders (2-8-2-0, 6 pts.) are set for the first-ever matchup against the Fort Wayne Komets (8-2-1-0, 17 pts.) Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Fort Wayne is first in the Central Division.The game continues a busy stretch for the Heartlanders; the club is completing a stretch of three straight days with games. Additionally, the Heartlanders are in the midst of a stretch of six games in nine days.Broadcast Coverage: Listen at Iowaheartlanders.com/listenlive or mixlr.com/goheartlanders. Watch on FloHockey.tv. NHL Affiliates: Iowa Heartlanders (Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild) | Fort Wayne Komets (Vegas Golden Knights/Henderson Silver Knights)Last Time OutYuki Miura recorded his first pro point Saturday against Toledo, assisting Billy Constantinou in a 6-1 loss.Added to the active roster Friday, Miura is a 25-year-old native of Toyko, Japan. He was with the Heartlanders during the team’s training camp.Like the Heartlanders, Fort Wayne is set to complete a three-in-three Sunday. The club hosted Wheeling Saturday and won, 3-2, behind a game-winning strike from Shane Harper. The K’s won 4-2 over Kalamazoo to open the weekend on Friday.Season-Series OutlookThe teams play nine times this season, but the series outlook is somewhat odd; the Heartlanders visit the Komets four times before New Year’s Day and then host Fort Wayne for the final five games of the series. It’s the only Iowa divisional season series that has such a slanted home-away structure.The Komets don’t visit Coralville until Feb. 25, then play the Heartlanders five times at Xtream Arena over the next month: Feb. 25, Feb. 26, Mar. 9, Mar. 11, Mar. 23.Upcoming HomestandThe Heartlanders are next at home for another Staybridge Suites home stand Nov. 24, Nov. 26 and Nov. 27. Iowa hosts Kansas City at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 24th, then faces Wheeling in back-to-back games on Black Friday and Saturday the 27th, with all puck drops at 7:00 p.m. Season ticket memberships, group tickets, mini-plans, flex vouchers and single-game tickets are available for the Heartlanders inaugural season by calling 319-569-GOAL and visiting iowaheartlanders.com/tickets.Additional Storylines:- Bryce Misley, who scored Friday for Iowa at Toledo, has carved out a nice start to his rookie season with three goals and seven points. Last season the left-handed shot graduated from Vermont and played the first nine games of his career with the Iowa Wild. Misley’s production has been consistent over the course of his first 12 ECHL contests, having never endured a stretch longer than three contests without a point.- The Komets are defending Kelly Cup Champions. Last season, the club started its season two months after the other 13 competing teams and played 51 games over the next 113 days. Upon making the Kelly Cup Playoffs by virtue of points percentage, Fort Wayne defeated Wichita, Allen and South Carolina in shortened best-of-five series to claim the team’s first Kelly Cup.