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Heartlanders look for revenge against Rush in first Big Friday game at Xtream Arena

Friday, October 20th
Heartlanders look for revenge against Rush in first Big Friday game at Xtream Arena

Coralville, Iowa – The Iowa Heartlanders play their second game of the season at Xtream Arena Friday at 6:35 p.m. against the Rapid City Rush. Friday’s game features a Magnet Schedule Giveaway, presented by Paul Park Real Estate. 

Get tickets for Heartlanders Home games: Iowaheartlanders.com/tickets

Promotion: Paul Park Magnet Schedule Giveaway

Game Day Guide: 
5:35 PM: Doors Open
6:25 PM: Be In Your Seats For Pregame Show 
6:35 PM: Puck Drop

Bag Policy: Xtream Arena will implement a clear bag policy for all ticketed events.  A clear 12” x 6” x 12” bag or smaller will be permitted as well as small clutch style purses or wallets. Patrons will be asked to return any bag that does not meet this criteria to their vehicle prior to entry. Diaper bags or medical bags are allowed to exceed that size limit, but will be searched. Small clutch style purses or wallets no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” are permitted as well.

Parking: Parking is available in the South Parking Lot located by the Hyatt Regency Convention Center Entrance or the North Ramp located by the Hyatt Regency main entrance. All Heartlanders ticket buyers receive a parking pass for free parking to Heartlanders games. For a parking map, click here. For questions about the Heartlanders parking, please call 319-569-4625 or visit this link.

3 Things To Know
- Iowa opened their season with a 4-2 loss Thursday. The Heartlanders took 29 shots in the final two periods and Jesse Jacques scored twice. Alex Aleardi had three points (1g) for Rapid City.
- Friday is Iowa’s last home game until Nov. 8. The Landers kick off a four-game road trip next Saturday at Wichita.
- Hunter Jones started Thursday for the third straight home opener. He’s been Iowa’s opening night goaltender every year in team history. He made 22 saves and only allowed one goal after the first frame. 

Affiliates: Iowa Heartlanders (Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild) | Rapid City Rush (Calgary Flames/Calgary Wranglers)

Bench Boss Round Up 
Head Coach Derek Damon is entering his second full season as Head Coach of the Heartlanders and his third season with the organization; Damon served as assistant coach under Gerry Fleming in the team’s inaugural season. The Bangor, ME native made the Frozen Four twice with the University of Maine and enjoyed a 14-season playing career from 2006-20. He played in the ECHL with Florida from 2006-08 at the start of his career and ended his playing time captaining Heilbronner in the DEL2. Coincidentally, two players he skated with in Heilbronner, Mike Knaub and Davis Koch, are on the Heartlanders this season. Damon was an assistant coach with Salmon Arm (BCHL) in 2020-21 before ascending to the ECHL with Iowa. 

Similar to Damon, Scott Burt has ECHL pedigree both as a Head Coach and player. Burt, 46, is one of the best players in Idaho Steelheads history (403 GP, 111g, 139a, 250 points – top-five in all categories in Steelheads history) and a three-time Kelly Cup Champion. For his ECHL career, Burt scored 356 points over 11 seasons and also compiled more than 1000 career penalty minutes. After finishing his playing career, Burt was an assistant coach for two seasons with the Alaska Aces, six with WHL Spokane and one with Idaho before becoming Rapid City’s Head Coach in 2021-22. 

Road ahead
The Heartlanders visit Wichita twice next weekend and Cincinnati the following week, meaning Iowa plays their next four games on the road. Following the four-game trip, catch the Heartlanders for a six-game home stand Nov. 8, Nov. 9, Nov. 11 and Nov. 15, Nov. 17 and Nov. 18. 

The next home stands has some great promotional nights including Nov. 17’s Military Appreciation Night vs. Utah with a GreenState Credit Union giveaway. Additionally, Iowa is home for Field Trip Day on Nov. 15, featuring a 10:35 AM puck drop where local schools will be at the game for a fun and educational experience. Find the full promotional calendar at https://iowaheartlanders.com/#schedule

Rose Club Memberships & Tickets Now Available For 2023-24 Season
Rose Club Season Ticket Memberships, Partial Plans, Mini-Plans, Flex Tickets and Single-Game Tickets are now available for the 2023-24 season, the Heartlanders’ third in the ECHL. Call 319-569-GOAL or visit iowaheartlanders.com/tickets for more information.