Wakey, Wakey For Iowa’s First Field Trip Day
Coralville, Iowa – The Iowa Heartlanders host the team’s first-ever Field Trip Day, presented by MidAmerican Energy Company, Wednesday at 10:35 a.m. vs. Kalamazoo.Wednesday’s game is the first morning game in Iowa history. The game features an educational component for participating school districts to enhance school curriculums. Fans are also welcome to come to the game by contacting the Heartlanders ticket office.Iowa is riding a season-long four-game point streak (four OTL) into Wednesday’s game. The team is also returning from a five-game road trip against Trois-Rivieres (2 games) and Newfoundland (3 games). Iowa fought back from a pair of two goal deficits and forced overtime with a goal from James Sanchez at 19:44 of the third. All three games against Newfoundland went to overtime and each game featured a tying goal in the third period that ultimately forced an extra session.The K-Wings are coming off a 5-0 loss vs. Wheeling Saturday at home. Since the teams last met Nov. 23, Kalamazoo is 5-5-0-0. In the same span, Iowa is 3-2-4-0.This game kicks off a three-game home stand for Iowa, with all games against Kalamazoo. The K-Wings have taken the series’ opening three games and Wednesday’s game is second at Xtream Arena. Iowa has gotten a point in two of the three games (0-1-1-1 series record).Broadcast Coverage: Watch online at flohockey.tv. Listen on mixlr.com/goheartlanders Affiliates: Iowa Heartlanders (Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild) | Kalamazoo Wings (Columbus Blue Jackets/Cleveland Monsters)Last Time OutJames Sanchez scored with 15.3 seconds to go to tie the game off a designed face-off play, allowing Iowa to earn a point in a 4-3 overtime defeat at Newfoundland Saturday. On that designed play, Tyler Busch won a draw at the left-wing circle to Cole Stallard. As the face-off win happened, Cole Stallard waited for Sanchez to drift to the right-wing dot and fed Sanchez for his fifth of the season.Tommy Parrottino and Zach White also scored for Iowa. The Landers trailed 2-0 and 3-1 in regulation before forcing the extra session.Hunter Jones earned a point for Iowa in his fifth straight appearance and sixth overall including AHL games.Oh, we’re finally home The Heartlanders are back at Xtream Arena for the first time since Nov. 27, a come-from-behind, 4-3 overtime win. The Landers have only played seven home games (4-2-0-1). Iowa has points in five straight home games (4-0-0-1), including a shootout loss vs. Kalamazoo on Nov. 20.These next three home games against the K-Wings are the only three the Heartlanders have at Xtream Arena in December (9 road, 3 home in Dec.). Prior to this homestand, Iowa endured a five-game, 11-day trip north of the border to face Trois-Rivieries and Newfoundland.Scouting Kalamazoo Prior to the Wings’ 5-0 loss Saturday, the club had won back-to-back games against Toledo in a home-and-home set.Mason McCarty registered a hat trick in a win vs. the Walleye Dec. 7 and has four goals this month to lead Kalamazoo. For the season, he’s the top Wings goal and point producer (10g, 18 pts.). Veteran Justin Taylor has four goals and ten points in 20 games and recently became the all-time K-Wings goal leader with his 240th career Wings goal Nov. 26.The team has played four goaltenders this season and Evan Cormier (Manitoba AHL contract) leads the bunch with 13 games played (5-7-1-0, 2.90 GAA, .912 sv. %).Upcoming home games and ticket informationView the team’s full promotional schedule at iowaheartlanders.com/promotions. On Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:05 p.m., it’s the first Rose Friday of the season as the Heartlanders will show off their rose alternate jerseys against the Wings in a contest presented by Mercy Iowa City. The game features a Player Card Giveaway, presented by the Iowa City Area Sports Commission (first 500 fans receive a trading card pack).On Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Kalamazoo, the Heartlanders are back for the annual Teddy Bear Toss game, presented by Steindler Orthopedic Clinic. Bring your Teddy Bears to throw on the ice after the first Heartlanders goal. The bears that are thrown on the ice will be donated to Toys For Tots for families in need this holiday season. Also wear your ugly sweater for a chance to win in-game activations and prizes. The Heartlanders will give out Fanbangos courtesy of Steindler for all fans in attendance.Single-game tickets, group ticket options, partial plans and season ticket memberships are available for Heartlanders home games at Xtream Arena. Call 319-569-goal or visit iowaheartlanders.com/tickets for more information.