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Game 31 Preview: Iowa at Rapid City

Wednesday, January 5th
Game 31 Preview: Iowa at Rapid City

Landers seek Saturday win at Rapid City

Rapid City, SD  – The Iowa Heartlanders (9-17-3-1, 22 pts.) and Rapid City Rush (14-13-2-0, 32 pts.) clash Saturday at 8:05 p.m. at The Monument, the second of three straight games between the clubs. The Landers are in game four of a five-game road trip. The trip concludes Sunday in Rapid City.Iowa is coming off a tight 3-2 defeat Friday. Bryce Misley and Cole Stallard scored for the Landers and Corbin Kaczperski denied 31 shots.

The Heartlanders’ next home game is Jan. 14 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Kansas City on Hockey is for Everyone Night. The team will wear special jerseys.Broadcast Coverage: Listen at Iowaheartlanders.com/listenlive or mixlr.com/goheartlanders. Watch on FloHockey.tv. NHL Affiliates: Iowa Heartlanders (Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild) | Rapid City Rush (Arizona Coyotes, Tuscon Roadrunners)Last Time OutThe Iowa Heartlanders scored once in the third, but 36 saves from David Tendeck halted Iowa in a 3-2 defeat Friday at The Monument.Bryce Misley tallied the third-period marker at 16:58 of the third, but Tendeck stopped 15 other shots in the final frame.Corbin Kaczperski held off the Rush in the first period with 15 denials and finished with 31 in the game.

Season SeriesRapid City’s Tristian Thompson recorded two points in Friday’s game and tops all skaters in points in the season series. Ryan Kuffner, Cole Stallard, Billy Constantinou, Kaid Oliver and Joe Widmar all registered points in Friday’s game. Scouting The RushPart of Rapid City’s success this season has been predicated on their ability to score the first goal; the team has nine of its 14 wins this season when scoring the first goal and the Rush have scored first in 17 of their 31 games this season.Five Rush players have scored the game’s opening goal twice.The Rush have produced 95 goals this season; nearly 50 percent have been by their top-four goal scorers Logan Nelson, Stephen Baylis, Max Coatta and Alec Butcher (47 of 95).Upcoming Home GamesFriday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. vs. Kansas City: Hockey is for Everyone NightWednesday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m. vs. Indy – Sports Career Fair / College NightFriday, January 28th at 7:00 p.m. vs. Kalamazoo - Boy Scouts NightSaturday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. vs. Kalamazoo – Marvel ™ theme nightThe Heartlanders 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.