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Iowa gets a point for third straight game, fall in OT to Newfoundland, 3-2

Friday, December 9th
Iowa gets a point for third straight game, fall in OT to Newfoundland, 3-2

St. John’s, NL – The Iowa Heartlanders earned a point for the third straight game and have points in nine of 11 contests, but the Newfoundland Growlers won for the second straight game on the power play in the extra session, 3-2, Friday at Mary Brown’s Centre. Zach O’Brien stung his second power-play goal of the game on a one-timed slap shot with 2:38 left in the extra session.Jake Durflinger and Yuki Miura scored for Iowa. Newfoundland overcame a 2-1 deficit to tie it in the third and then win in overtime.In a defensively-sound and goalless first period, Iowa received nine saves from Hunter Jones and attempted six shots on Dryden McKay.The second frame featured a stronger offensive flavor; Iowa scored twice and led by one entering the final period. The three goals came in a three-minute span. Durflinger opened the scoring by pouncing on a net-front rebound triggered on the man up by Brendan Less at 5:02 of the period. After a pass-off-pad attempt from Less, Durflinger smacked in his third career goal.Newfoundland tied the game a minute later on a power play, scored by league-points-leader Zach O’Brien.Iowa went back to work and muddied it up at net front for a Miura strike, his third of the campaign. Alec Broetzman coaxed the puck off the pad of the goalie and Miura jabbed multiple times at the puck until it finally crossed the goal line at 8:01 of the second.Chris Martenet evened the game at two at 6:27 of the third.Jones blocked 27 shots and earned a point for his fifth straight start (AHL and ECHL combined).McKay earned his first victory of the season series, saving 24.  Box ScoreThe Heartlanders have one more game against the Growlers on Sat., Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m. CT.View the Heartlanders’ full promotional schedule at iowaheartlanders.com/promotions. The Heartlanders are next at home to take on Kalamazoo for the club’s only three home games in December. On Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 10:35 AM, the Heartlanders host their first-ever Field Trip Day, presented by MidAmerican Energy Company. 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.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-PUCK or visit iowaheartlanders.com/tickets for more information.