Iowa starts seven-game home stand
Coralville, Iowa – The Iowa Heartlanders, proud ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild and Iowa Wild, start a season-long seven-game home stand against the Wheeling Nailers Friday at 7:05 p.m. Friday is the first of three straight games between Iowa and Wheeling. The clubs play seven more games this season, six of which are at Xtream Arena.Iowa is 2-1-0-0 in the season series and has won back-to-back games against the Nailers.Both teams are seeking to keep recent successes rolling into this weekend; the Heartlanders have three wins already this month and Wheeling scored ten goals and beat the Norfolk Admirals, 10-2, in their last game Feb. 13.The Nailers are 20-21-5-0 (45 points), seven points behind Fort Wayne for the fourth and final Central Division playoff spot. Iowa trails Kalamazoo by nine points for sixth place with 27 games to play.Friday is the start of the team’s Cancer Awareness Series weekend, presented by DASH Auctions. All three games against Wheeling this weekend will help raise money for local organizations and non-profits fighting cancer.Tickets are available for all Heartlanders home games by visiting iowaheartlanders.com/tickets. Find the full promotional schedule at iowaheartlanders.com/promotionsPromotion: Cancer Awareness Series Weekend, presented by DASH Auctions, honoring those that have fought and are currently fighting cancer. Specialty theme jerseys that will be available for purchase inclusive of a post-game meet and greet throughout the weekend on the DASH App. Purchase signed collectable pucks/apparel/name plates on DASH App to support local non-profits fighting cancerBroadcast Coverage: Watch online at flohockey.tv. Listen on mixlr.com/goheartlanders.Affiliates: Iowa Heartlanders (Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild) | Wheeling Nailers (Pittsburgh Penguins/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins)Scouting the HeartlandersIowa split last weekend in a pair of road games at Indy (4-2 win) and Toledo (6-0 loss), the Heartlanders’ final road games of the month.Both Hunter Jones and Darion Hanson have proved reliable in recent weeks. In each of Jones’ last four starts, he’s either won or faced 40-plus shots, boasting a 2-2-0-0 record and .913 save percentage in February. Hanson is 1-1-0-0 since joining Iowa and owns a .928 save percentage since coming to the Heartlanders in a trade with Savannah.Scouting the Nailers Wheeling snapped a season-long five-game losing streak Saturday with a 10-2 victory against Norfolk, the highest-scoring game for Wheeling since Feb. 6, 2010 and the 12th time in 31 seasons Wheeling has scored at least ten in a contest.Twelve of Wheeling’s 17 skaters finished with at least a point. Justin Addamo tallied a hat trick, Tyler Drevitch had a career-best four-point game (2g, 2a) and Brooklyn Kalmikov had three assists and four points.Addamo leads the Nailers with 21 goals this season.The Nailers have had five goaltenders play for them this season. Tommy Nappier, Bailey Brkin and Brad Barone are currently rostered and have combined for ten of Wheeling’s 21 wins.Upcoming home games and ticket informationView the team’s full promotional schedule at iowaheartlanders.com/promotions. Iowa starts a seven-game home stand on Fri., Feb. 17 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Wheeling. Feb. 17 – Feb. 19 is the start of Iowa’s Cancer Awareness Series, honoring those that have fought, are currently fighting or have battled cancer. Specialty theme jerseys will be worn for the weekend and are available for purchase inclusive of a postgame meet-and-greet on the DASH App. The games against Wheeling are Fri., Feb. 17 at 7:05 p.m., Sat. Feb. 18 at 7:05 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 19 at 2:05 p.m.The Heartlanders continue the home stand Feb. 22, Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 vs. Indy for Iowa’s Diversity Awareness Series, celebrating how sports bring us together. The Heartlanders will demonstrate their commitment to create and environment that fosters inclusion for all. Games take place Wed., Feb. 22 vs. Indy at 7:05 p.m., Fri., Feb. 24 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Kalamazoo and Sat., Feb. 25 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Kalamazoo.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.