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Iowa completes weekend with 4-3 loss to Utah

Saturday, February 12th
Iowa completes weekend with 4-3 loss to Utah

Coralville, Iowa – The Iowa Heartlanders took the lead three times, but failed to finish against the Utah Grizzlies, falling 4-3, Saturday at Xtream Arena. Peyton Jones was terrific in net for Utah, saving 38. Iowa returns to action Wednesday against the Tulsa Oilers at 7:00 p.m. at Xtream Arena.Utah Captain Trey Bradley was credited with the eventual game-winning goal. Eight minutes into the third period, Bradley raced down the length of the ice and put a shot on goal. Trevin Kozlowski made the initial save, but the puck ricocheted in at net front.Jake Smith opened the scoring five minutes into the game. Smith slammed home a Riese Zmolek pass at the doorstep to give Iowa a 1-0 lead. It was White’s first goal in four games after being named the ECHL Rookie of the Month for January. Utah tied the game at 14:52 of the first period on a short-handed goal from Ben Tardif. The Grizzlies lead the ECHL in shorties with 18.The Heartlanders retook the lead two minutes later off the stick of Kaid Oliver. After multiple shots and saves at net front, Oliver poked the biscuit over the line for his seventh goal of the season. The rookie tallied a point in all three games against Utah.  Ryan Kuffner was given an assist to extend his point streak to ten games, which ties the franchise record (Jake Smith). The Grizzlies tied the game again with a minute and a half left in the first period. Bradley roofed one over the shoulder of Kozlowski to even the score. In the three-game series, the Grizz scored a combined seven goals in the first period.Kris Bennett answered less than two minutes into the second period to put the Heartlanders back on top, 3-2. Bennett rebounded a Zmolek shot, took a couple whacks at the puck, and buried his team-leading 18th goal of the year. The Grizzlies evened the score once more halfway through the middle frame thanks to Mason Mannek.The Heartlanders had a pair of power plays late in the third to knot things up, but failed to find the back of the net.Kozlowski stopped 31 in the loss.Box ScoreThe Heartlanders continue a four-game home stand Friday and Saturday vs. Utah, with both puck drops at 7:00 p.m. Tavern Blue Fore Packs are available for all home games this season, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, VIP Parking and discounts from Tavern Blue restaurant. Tickets for the game are also available by calling 319-569-PUCK.  Upcoming Home GamesSaturday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. vs. Utah – Pink in the Rink NightWednesday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m. vs. Tulsa – College NightSeason 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.