Fort Wayne, IN – The Iowa Heartlanders, proud ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild and Iowa Wild, play their fifth straight road game and complete the season series with the Fort Wayne Komets Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
The Heartlanders and Komets have played six games so far this season and Iowa has won twice (2-3-0-1 record).
Saturday, Anthony Firriolo scored for Iowa in a 4-1 defeat. The Komets rattled off four unanswered goals after Firriolo scored the game’s opening goal on the power play. The rookie has two pro goals (1 with Indy, 1 with Iowa). Saturday was his tenth game of the season. Hunter Jones stopped 35 shots in defeat for Iowa.
The Heartlanders visit Tulsa next week to complete a seven-game road trip, tied for the team’s second-longest trip of the season.
Get tickets for Heartlanders Home games: Iowaheartlanders.com/tickets
Game Day Guide:
3:50 PM: FloHockey broadcast and audio broadcast starts.
4:05 PM: Puck Drop
Watch on FloHockey: https://flosports.link/3tVsLmd
Listen on Mixlr: mixlr.com/goheartlanders
Need to know
- The Heartlanders are 9-11-1-1 ever against the Komets and 4-5-0-1 at The Coliseum.
- The Heartlanders have taken fewer than 10 penalty minutes in three straight games.
- Iowa has scored at least a goal in five of the last six opening periods.
Affiliates: Iowa Heartlanders (Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild) | Fort Wayne Komets (Edmonton Oilers/Bakersfield Condors)
Fan favorite Steven Leonard returned for the Heartlanders Saturday at Fort Wayne. The 5-foot-11, 190-lb., right-handed shot played in his first ECHL game of the season after signing with the team Friday.
Leonard scored four goals and five points in 20 games with the Heartlanders last season. This campaign, he had two goals with SPHL Roanoke before signing with the Heartlanders.
Season series finale
The Heartlanders are wrapping up a seven-game season series against the Komets; all of the games have been played since Thanksgiving (last 45 days). Iowa has played seven of their 20 games against Fort Wayne over that span.
The Komets are ending a stretch of 23 games in 45 days and they are 11-9-1-1 since Thanksgiving. Fort Wayne is completing its seventh straight 3-in-3 Sunday.
Iowa is 2-3-0-1 through the first six games of the series.
Road trip update
The Heartlanders have traveled about 1800 miles so far on the team’s seven-game road trip. The trip wraps up in Tulsa the week after. 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.
Despite all that road time, the fruits of it will come over the final three months of the season. From Feb. 7 – Apr. 13, the season’s final two months, Iowa plays 19 of its final 29 at home (and 12 of its final 15).
The Landers visit Tulsa to complete a seven-game road trip on Fri., Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Iowa continues a seven-game road trip with at Fort Wayne Sun., Jan. 7 at 4:00 p.m.
The Heartlanders are next at home Mon., Jan. 15 at 2:05 p.m. vs. Cincinnati – 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.