Kalamazoo, MI – The Iowa Heartlanders, proud ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild and Iowa Wild, start a critical road weekend at the Kalamazoo Wings Friday at 6:00 p.m.
The Heartlanders won two of three games on the road last week, defeating Cincinnati, 6-4, last Wednesday and Indy, 7-3, on Saturday.
The wins helped Iowa stay within striking distance in the division; the Heartlanders are six points out of the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division. Second through seventh is separated by 10 points. Iowa is in seventh place, four points back of Kalamazoo.
The Heartlanders play two games this week; everyone else in the division has at least three.
Iowa opposes the Wings three straight games; this Friday and Saturday in Michigan and next Wed., Feb. 7 at Xtream Arena.
The Wings are starting a three-in-three Friday and complete the weekend at Fort Wayne Sunday.
Iowa is 4-1-1-0 in the season series vs. the K-Wings.
Get tickets for Heartlanders Home games: Iowaheartlanders.com/tickets
Game Day Guide:
5:45 PM: FloHockey broadcast and audio broadcast starts
6:00 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
- The Heartlanders went 5-4-1-0 in January and won four games on the road. It was their second-winningest month of the season (November, team record 8 wins) and tied for the second-most road victories in a month in team history (Feb. 2022, 4 road wins). The Heartlanders won five games on the road in Jan. 2022, the team record.
- Iowa scored four goals in the second period Saturday at Indy, tied for the most goals in a period this season.
- Iowa and Indy combined for 89 penalty minutes Saturday, the second most combined in a game this season (106, Wichita, Oct. 28).
Last time out
Iowa set a team record with five power-play goals (5-for-9) to thrash Indy, 7-3, Saturday at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Iowa scored four man-up goals in a four-minute span in the second period; three of the four power-play goals came while forward Andrew Bellant served a major penalty for boarding.
Nick Campoli scored two times during the extended power-play sequence and added his third goal of the game at even strength in the third period. Adam Goodsir, Brett Budgell, Casey Dornbach and Louis Boudon also scored.
Boudon has scored in three straight games, one away from matching the longest streak by a Heartlanders player this season.
Drew DeRidder won his fourth game in the last month Saturday (29 saves), giving him five wins on the season.
Power play dominance
Iowa established multiple team records Saturday, including bests in power-play goals (5), power-play goals in a period (4) and most power-play attempts in a game (9).
The reason for the nine attempts is three of Iowa’s goals came during a major penalty assessed to Indy, meaning the Heartlanders went 3-for-4 during the major.
Iowa entered Saturday’s game scoring on 18 percent of attempts, but boosted up two percentage points to a 20.3% conversion rate.
Campoli’s first career multi-goal game is a special one
Nick Campoli registered his first career hat trick and four-point game Saturday vs. Indy, scoring twice in the second and once in the third to carry the offensive load for Iowa in a 7-3 win.
Saturday was Campoli’s first-ever multi-point game, and he came one short of matching Iowa’s team record for points in a contest.
Campoli ranks second among active Heartlanders with nine goals.
The Heartlanders visit Kalamazoo Sat., Feb. 3 at 6:00 p.m.
The Heartlanders take on 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!
Group Tickets: Make a big impact with your group and spend an evening with the Heartlanders. Starting at a special rate of $15/Ticket. A group comprises 10 or more people and is perfect for parties, families, co-workers, clients and more.