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Iowa scores 5 in 3rd to blow out Wichita, 7-3

Thursday, February 24th
Iowa scores 5 in 3rd to blow out Wichita, 7-3

Coralville, Iowa – The Iowa Heartlanders tallied five times in the third, matching a franchise record for most goals in a period, and won their fourth straight game, 7-3, over the Wichita Thunder Wednesday at Xtream Arena. Iowa never trailed. The four-game winning streak is the longest in team history. Twelve of Iowa’s sixteen skaters registered at least a point. Iowa snapped Wichita’s season-long 11-game points streak, the longest points streak in the league this season.Kris Bennett (1st star) finished with two goals and four points to lead the score sheet. Ryan Kuffner had two helpers and is on a team-record fourteen game points streak. Jake Smith (1g, 3 pts., 2nd Star) netted the eventual game-winning goal on the power play early in the third.Dereck Baribeau blocked 20 in victory and was named the game’s third start.Olivier Rodrigue took the loss with 32 saves.Before Iowa’s third-frame goal explosion, Wichita tied the game at two at 1:22 of the frame. From there, Iowa scored back-to-back power-play goals (Kaid Oliver and Smith) two minutes apart to take a 4-2 advantage at the 7:35 mark. Following a Wichita strike that made it 4-3, Iowa racked up three more goals from Cole Stallard, Bennett (ENG) and Luke Nogard.Box ScoreThe Heartlanders are home for for two games this weekend; on Friday, Feb. 25, it’s DC Comics Night featuring special Batman jerseys at 7:00 p.m. vs. Fort Wayne, plus a Batman character appearance for kids, families and anyone that wants to meet Batman. 

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 GamesFriday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. vs. Fort Wayne – DC Comics Night (special Batman jerseys)Saturday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m. vs. Fort Wayne – Paint with the Heartlanders, thanks to Brush and BarrelThe 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.