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Game 25 Preview: Heartlanders host Kansas City Sunday

Wednesday, December 22nd
Game 25 Preview: Heartlanders host Kansas City Sunday

Postgame skate, pres. by Family Dental Center

Coralville, IA  – The Iowa Heartlanders (8-13-2-1, 19 pts.) have won three of four games and oppose the Kansas City Mavericks (10-13-1-0, 21 pts.) for a pair of games at Xtream Arena starting Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The teams faced off for two games in Missouri before the holiday break and split the weekend Dec. 17-18.Sunday is the sixth matchup of the season series and Iowa owns a 3-2-0-0 advantage over the Mavs.In the team’s last game, Joe Widmar scored twice and Kris Bennett notched the game-winning goal in the last half of the third, a 3-2 victory at Cable Dahmer Arena Dec. 18.Today’s Promotion: Postgame skate, presented by Family Dental Center Broadcast Coverage: Listen at Iowaheartlanders.com/listenlive or mixlr.com/goheartlanders. Watch on FloHockey.tv. NHL Affiliates: Iowa Heartlanders (Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild) | Kansas City Mavericks (Calgary Flames/Stockton Heat)Last Time OutTrevin Kozlowski stopped 32 shots, Kris Bennett scored the game-winning goal with 6:16 left and the Iowa Heartlanders savored a 3-2 road win at Kansas City Saturday at Cable Dahmer Arena. Joe Widmar registered his first multi-goal game of the season. The Heartlanders never trailed.Bennett scored his goal on the power play at the left doorstep, his team-leading 11th of the season, assisted by Kaid Oliver and Ben Sokay.Widmar’s two strikes came at the right circle. He opened the scoring at 4:33 of the second period on Iowa’s fourth shot. Driving the right dot, Widmar aimed low and snuck a shot through the five-hole for his fourth goal of the season. Widmar has three points (1g) against the Mavericks this season.Scouting the MavericksLane Scheidl (10g) and Nick Pastujov (9g) have been the primary scoring weapons for the Mavericks, factoring in on 27% of the team’s goals this season. Darik Angeli leads the team with 14 assists and has 20 points, one behind Pastujov for the club lead.Marcus Crawford (3g, 16 pts.) tops the team’s blue line in points.Daniil Chechelev has seen the majority of work in net over the last month and tops the team with 11 games playe (5-5-1-0, 3.13 GAA, .899 sv.%).Iowa leaders Kris Bennett scored his 11th goal of the season in the team’s last game vs. Kansas City and is clipping at more than a point-per-game rate this season (22 pts. In 15 games). Kaid Oliver added two assists Dec. 18 to increase his team assists lead (13a, 14 pts.).Adrien Beraldo has 37 penalty minutes to top the team.Trevin Kozlowski has averaged more than 35 saves per game over his last five starts, going 4-1-0 with a 1.97 goals against average and .949 save percentage in December.Upcoming Home GamesIowa is home Dec. 27 and Dec. 29 to continue Family Week!Monday, Dec. 27 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Kansas City: ZOOperstars appearance at game

Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Tulsa: College Night with discounted tickets for those with a .edu email address or college ID.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.