Heartlanders start seven-game homestand
Coralville, Iowa – The Iowa Heartlanders, proud ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild and Iowa Wild, play their third straight game against the Kalamazoo Wings Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at Xtream Arena. Iowa is starting a season-long seven-game homestand.
Iowa has won three straight games, their longest streak since November. The Heartlanders are returning from a five-game road trip and went 4-1-0-0 in that stretch.
In Iowa’s last game against Kalamazoo Saturday at Wings Event Center, Casey Dornbach scored his first career game-winning goal, an overtime-winner at 2:21 of the extra session. Ben Brinkman and Gavin Hain also scored.
Iowa won back-to-back one-goal games vs. the Wings last weekend and have a plus-six goal differential over the winning streak.
Kalamazoo last played Sunday at Fort Wayne and defeated the Komets, 4-2. Kalamazoo is three points ahead of Iowa for fifth in the Central Division. Cincinnati sits two points in front of Iowa for sixth.
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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.
Game Day Guide:
6:20 PM: FloHockey broadcast and audio broadcast starts
6:35 PM: Puck Drop
Watch on FloHockey: https://flosports.link/3tVsLmd
Listen on Mixlr: mixlr.com/goheartlanders
Affiliates: Iowa Heartlanders (Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild) | Kalamazoo Wings (Vancouver Canucks/Abbotsford Canucks)
Need to know
- Gavin Hain scored his first ECHL goal Saturday at Kalamazoo. He played 23 games with the Iowa Wild to open this season and the rookie has three combined goals between the AHL and ECHL.
- Louis Boudon is riding his second six-game points streak of the season.
- Iowa is home for 19 of their final 29 games of the season. The Heartlanders only have three road games after March 9, spending four of the final five weeks of the season at home.
Goaltender Drew DeRidder was named Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 29-Feb. 4. He is the second goaltender in Heartlanders history to win goaltender of the week, joining Peyton Jones, who earned the distinction earlier this season.
DeRidder went 2-0-0 with a 1.48 goals-against average and a save percentage of .952 in two appearances at Kalamazoo last week. He has won three straight games and played in eight of the last 11 for Iowa.
Wednesdays have been nice
The Heartlanders have started off 4-0-0-0 on Wednesday games this season, which includes two wins against Kalamazoo in November.
Iowa has defeated Utah, Kalamazoo and Cincinnati in Wednesday games, winning twice at home and twice on the road.
Wednesdays are significant because they are often the start of a week’s games; in weeks with Wednesday games, Iowa has gone a combined 10-2-1-0, which included a perfect 6-0-0-0 start to the season.
Last season, Iowa won two Wednesday games the entire season (2-6-5-0 record).
Summarizing a long stretch of road games
The Heartlanders played their league-leading 26th road game of the season Saturday at Kalamazoo. That means Iowa has ten road games left in the final two months of the season. The Heartlanders have skated 17 times at home the entire 2023-24 campaign, the fewest of any team in the league.
From Nov. 22 – Jan. 12, Iowa had 17 of 23 games away from Xtream Arena. That included two trips of 3000+ miles of travel.
See you in April
The Heartlanders and K-Wings break for two months after Wednesday’s game and next oppose each other for a pair of games on Apr. 10 and Apr. 12.
Iowa takes on the Wings 11 times this season and Wednesday is the ninth game of the season series.
The Heartlanders start a seven-game homestand vs. Kalamazoo on Wed., Feb. 7 at 6:35 p.m. at Xtream Arena.
Iowa hosts Country Night, presented by KISS Country, on Fri., Feb. 9 at 6:35 p.m. vs. Cincinnati. The game features $6 domestic drafts and $3.50 fountain drinks.
On Sat., Feb. 10 at 6:05 p.m. vs. Cincinnati, Iowa is home again for Cancer Awareness Night pres. by iHeartMedia. Join us as we recognize the fight against all forms of cancer and honor those that have battled and are currently fighting cancer.
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 by calling 319-569-4625 and visiting iowaheartlanders.com.
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.
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!
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