Tulsa, OK – The Iowa Heartlanders, proud ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild and Iowa Wild, play their final game of a seven-game road trip against the Tulsa Oilers Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
The Heartlanders have won two games in a row, each by a goal, with fantastic efforts from Drew DeRidder. Friday, Iowa received 24 saves from DeRidder. He has a .943 save percentage over his last two starts (67-for-71).
Liam Coughlin scored the game-winning goal with 12 minutes to go in a 3-2 win against the Oilers.
The Heartlanders are facing Tulsa for the second and final time this season and the fourth time ever. The next time these teams could possibly meet this season is the Western Conference Finals because of the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs alignment.
Iowa is 13-16-4-1, good for 31 points, two points back of Kalamazoo for sixth in the Central Division.
The Heartlanders have a day of rest to get back to snowy Coralville before opposing Cincinnati Monday at 2:05 p.m. at Xtream Arena for Community Day, featuring $15 tickets for any ticket section at Xtream Arena. Iowa is home three times next week – Monday, Friday and Saturday.
Get tickets for Heartlanders Home games: Iowaheartlanders.com/tickets
Game Day Guide:
6:50 PM: FloHockey broadcast and audio broadcast starts.
7:05 PM: Puck Drop
Watch on FloHockey: https://flosports.link/3tVsLmd
Listen on Mixlr: mixlr.com/goheartlanders
Need to know
- The Heartlanders have won back-to-back road games for the first time this season.
- Liam Coughlin scored his second game-winning goal of the season and his first goal since November vs. Utah.
- Vincent de Mey scored his first point of the season Friday on Liam Coughlin’s game-winning goal.
Affiliates: Iowa Heartlanders (Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild) | Tulsa Oilers (Anaheim Ducks/San Diego Gulls)
All-time series recap
The Heartlanders and Oilers meet for the fourth time ever Saturday and for the second time at the BOK Center.
This weekend marks the first time the teams are playing back-to-back contests; the first two games off the all-time series at Xtream Arena happened Dec. 29, 2021 and Feb. 16, 2022.
The Heartlanders are 2-1-0-0 ever in the all-time series. In Iowa’s first win, Kaid Oliver scored twice to tie the game in the third period and Jake Smith scored the shootout-winning goal.
There are a handful of remaining players on Tulsa and Iowa that played in those first two games – Yuki Miura, Eddie Matsushima, Mike McKee, Jarod Hilderman and Duggie Lagrone.
First trip ever to OK
Iowa’s trip to Tulsa means the Heartlanders have crossed another state off the list. The Heartlanders have played road games in nine states (Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, South Dakota, Indiana, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan) and two Canadian provinces (Quebec and Newfoundland & Labrador).
Tulsa is the only new road city the Heartlanders have added to their list this season, despite the fact the city is closer geographically (560 miles) than Iowa’s division rival Wheeling (650 miles).
Road trip update
The Heartlanders have traveled a little bit more than 2700 miles so far on the team’s seven-game road trip. The trip wraps up in Tulsa Saturday. This seven-game road trip encompasses just over 3,300 miles of mileage for the Heartlanders. Upon the conclusion of that trip, Iowa will have played 17 of 23 games on the road and 21 of the team’s 36 road games this season.
Home for a quick week
The Heartlanders play three games at home next week, but will have less than two days after coming home to prepare for the team’s game on Monday, Jan. 15 vs. Cincinnati at 2:05 p.m. Coming up after that, Iowa hosts Wheeling in back-to-back games Jan. 19-20.
After that three-game homestand, Iowa is on the road for five straight games for the next two weeks.
Starting Feb. 7, the season’s final two months, Iowa plays 19 of its final 29 at home (and 12 of its final 15).
The Heartlanders are at home Mon., Jan. 15 at 2:05 p.m. vs. Cincinnati for Community Day – schools are off for the day and bring your kids out for a great day at Xtream Arena. Tickets in the seating bowl are $15 for every section!
Iowa continues a three-game homestand vs. Wheeling on Fri., Jan. 19 at 6:35 p.m. on Affiliation Night presented by DASH Auctions, celebrating Iowa’s proud affiliation with the Minnesota Wild and Iowa Wild.
On Sat., Jan. 20 at 6:05 p.m. against Wheeling, the Heartlanders are back at Xtream Arena for Dash’s Birthday Party, presented by Paul Park Real Estate. Join the Heartlanders mascot Dash and dozens of his mascot friends for a family-friendly Saturday night at Xtream Arena. On the 20th, youth tickets for the game are $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Join the fun at Xtream Arena in the 2023-24 season
Here are some of the best options to make sure you experience the family-friendly entertainment of Heartlanders Hockey at Xtream Arena this season!
Heartlanders 3-Pack: The perfect gift to catch Heartlanders Hockey! Receive one ticket to each of the three Heartlanders games listed below and $25 merchandise credit in The Silo-Heartlanders Team Store. Friday, January 19 @ 6:35pm – Minnesota Wild Affiliation Night | Saturday, February 10 @ 6:00pm - Cancer Awareness Night | Saturday, April 13 @ 6:00pm - Fan Appreciation Night
18-game plans: With more than half the home season remaining, join us with an 18-game ticket plan, including the many perks, savings and advantages of being a half-season member.
12-game plans: Grab tickets to your favorite 12 games! 12-game plans include savings on individually-priced tickets!
Flex Plans: Enjoy the service, savings and game dates that work best for you! Flex plans include “any game” ticket vouchers that are good for any home game during the 2023-24 regular season.