Heartlanders complete back-to-back vs. Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, IN – The Iowa Heartlanders (4-11-2-1, 11 pts.) are set for a rematch at the first-place Fort Wayne Komets (10-5-2-0, 22 pts.) Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The Komets are 6-1-1-0 at home. The Heartlanders are the only team to hand Fort Wayne a regulation loss on home ice this campaign, winning Nov. 21 by a 5-1 score.Following this game, the Landers are home for three games next week; a great promotional weekend Dec. 8, Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 that includes the team’s first-ever Teddy Bear Toss on Friday, Dec. 10. All bears thrown on the ice after the Heartlanders first goal will be donated to those in need this holiday season. 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 OutJiri Patera blocked 24 shots for his first shutout in North America and Blake Siebenaler scored twice in a 4-0 Komets win Friday. It was the first time Iowa has been shut out in team history.Iowa leaders Kris Bennett tops the Landers in points (21) over 13 games.Bryce Misley has scored five goals on the power play.Yuki Miura has points in six of seven games (4g, 3a). Scouting the KometsFort Wayne is 2-2-1-0 over their last five and maintained their first-place positioning, two points ahead of Toledo.Head Coach Ben Boudreau is in his 3rd season. He led the team to their first Kelly Cup Championship last season.Season SeriesIowa is 1-1-0-0 through the first two games of the season series. Yuki Miura, Ben Sokay and Adrien Beraldo scored their first professional goals in the Landers in victory Nov. 21. Kris Bennett had three points and Hunter Jones made 31 saves in victory.Will Graber and Blake Siebenaler each have two goals vs. Iowa this season.The teams play nine times this campaign. Upcoming Home GamesThe Heartlanders next home games take place Wed., Dec. 8, Fri., Dec. 10 and Sat., Dec. 11 at Xtream Arena. On Wed., Dec. 8 it’s another College Night with discounted tickets for those with a College ID as the Landers take on the Toledo Walleye.Toledo is in town for big promotional weekend on Friday and Saturday as well. Friday is the team’s first-ever Teddy Bear Toss, pres. by Steindler Orthopedic Clinic. Fans are welcome to bring teddy bears and other stuffed animals into the game and throw them on the ice after the Heartlanders score their first goal. All stuffed animals will be donated to local organizations helping those in need during this holiday season.On Saturday, Dec. 11, the Heartlanders rematch the Walleye for another Healthcare Heroes Night, pres. by Mercy Iowa City.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.