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Sellout crowd watches Heartlanders stomp Mavericks, 7-4

Saturday, April 13th
Sellout crowd watches Heartlanders stomp Mavericks, 7-4

Coralville, Iowa – The Iowa Heartlanders concluded the ECHL season in front of their first sellout crowd in team history, a 7-4 victory against the Kansas City Mavericks Saturday at Xtream Arena.


The Heartlanders scored four times in the second period to take a 5-2 lead into the third.  Drew DeRidder made 24 saves in the victory. Six Iowa players earned multiple points (Casey Dornbach, Ben Brinkman, Jake Durflinger, Pavel Novak, Kyle Masters, Jonny Sorenson).


With the game tied at one, Durflinger took the lead back for Iowa at 2:40 of the second period, striking from the right doorstep. Less than a minute later, Louis Boudon scored from the same spot to extend the Heartlanders lead to 3-1. Novak and Brinkman registered the assists. Brinkman finished with a career-best four assists to tie the Heartlanders single-game record.


Three minutes later, Kansas City’s Jeremy McKenna scored on the power play to slash the Heartlanders lead to 3-2. 


Next, Brett Budgell slammed the puck behind Jack LaFontaine at 11:49 of the second to bring the score to 4-2. Sorenson and Brinkman earned the assists. Two minutes later, Adam Goodsir redirected a pass from Masters to drive the Heartlanders lead to 5-2.


The Mavericks scored two times in 14 seconds to cut the lead to 5-4 early in the third.  At 13:44 of the closing frame, Casey Dornbach converted on the power play slamming a rebound home to bring Iowa’s lead to 6-4. Masters and Novak registered the assists, earning their second points of the night. In the final two minutes of the third, Durflinger pocketed an empty-net goal to bring the score to 7-4.


Riley Hughes opened up the scoring, faking a shot before sneaking the puck behind the right pad of LaFontaine five minutes into the first period. Dornbach and Hunter Lellig were credited with the assists. Justin Nachbaur answered back in the final minute of the period, slamming the puck home on a one-timer from the right face-off circle, to tie the game at one.

LaFontaine made 31 saves in defeat.


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Join the fun at Xtream Arena in the 2024-25 season


The Heartlanders have a variety of options available for the 2024-25 season, which begins in October 2024. Currently, Season Ticket Memberships are available for next season (see details below).


Group tickets, flex plans, ticket vouchers, mini-plans and single-game tickets will be made available over the course of the offseason, but please call 319-569-4625 for more information and to receive information on the games and days that might work for you.


The 2024-25 ECHL schedule will be released this offseason as well. Stay tuned to Iowa Heartlanders social media (@goheartlanders) and the team’s website for the schedule release.


Fans can also sign up for the Heartlanders newsletter by visiting iowaheartlanders.com and visiting “Get Updates.”


Season Ticket Memberships now available for 2024-25 season


Deposits now available for new season ticket holders: The Heartlanders are excited to welcome new season ticket members to our family for the 2024-25 season and deposits for tickets are now available. Call 319-855-1775 and visit https://iowaheartlanders.com/tickets/season-memberships to start your easy process to becoming a Rose Club Season Ticket Member.


Renewal Process: The Heartlanders have started the renewal process for full season plans (Rose Club memberships) for the 2024-25 season, and the renewal application is now available online here. Once you log in, simply click “Season Renewal Application” under the “My Tickets” tab on the right, then complete the process. Our sales representatives are available to help with the renewal process by calling 319-855-1775. You can also stop by the Mediacom Season Ticket Table behind section 109 at any future game to secure your seat for the 2024-2025 season. 


The Heartlanders have added new seating options for the 2024-25 season, debuting Attack Zone Lower, Attack Zone Upper, Defense Zone, and Corner sections to allow fans additional price points to fit their budget.