Coralville, Iowa – The Iowa Heartlanders trailed, 2-0, with seven minutes to go, but scored twice to force overtime and Tyler Busch won the game two minutes into the extra session, 3-2, Friday at Xtream Arena. Kevin McKernan and Tommy Parrottino scored the late Heartlanders goals to tie the game at two. At 2:16 of overtime, Nolan Orzeck (2a) intercepted a pass at center ice and he pushed it ahead to Busch and he fired the game-winning goal past Roman Basran on the breakaway.Iowa and Wichita have split the first two games of the week, with the rubber match Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Xtream Arena.Wichita opened up the scoring 6:21 into the first when Jake Wahlin snapped one home from the top of the right circle to put the Thunder up, 1-0. In the third, Michal Stinil broke behind the defense and snuck a backhanded shot through to give Wichita the 2-0 lead. 13:18 into the third period, McKernan tipped a shot from Carson Denomine past the right pad of Basran to bring Iowa back within one. The Heartlanders then tied the game with 1:15 left and their goalie pulled at a 6-on-5 skater edge. Parrottino got the puck inside the crease from Clayton Phillips, and he slid it in to force overtime.Iowa did not score on their first 31 shots, then scored three times on their final eight to win. Hunter Jones started for Iowa and tallied 23 saves in victory. Basran finished the night 36-for-39 in net for Wichita.
Box ScoreView the team’s full promotional schedule at iowaheartlanders.com/promotions. Mar. 25 at 7:05 p.m. is Heartland Heroes night where the Heartlanders will celebrate the selfless contributions of frontline workers and heroes that help make eastern Iowa a special place.The Heartlanders final three home games of the season take place Wednesday, Apr. 12, Friday, Apr. 14 and Saturday, Apr. 15 vs. the rival Wheeling Nailers. On Apr. 12 at 7:05 p.m., it’s a Wednesday night matchup presented by Mercy Iowa City. On Apr. 14-15, it’s fan appreciation weekend, with puck drops both nights at 7:05 p.m. The game on Apr. 14 is presented by United Iowa Financial. On Apr. 15, we’re extending stick tapes to our fans with a jam-packed final home game of the regular season, including a game-worn jersey auction, player card giveaway presented by Iowa City Area Sports Commission and a fanbango giveaway presented by Steindler Orthopedic Clinic.Single-game tickets, group ticket options, partial plans and season ticket memberships are available for Heartlanders home games at Xtream Arena. Call 319-569-goal or visit iowaheartlanders.com/tickets for more information. Tickets are available for all Heartlanders home games by visiting iowaheartlanders.com/tickets. Find the full promotional schedule at iowaheartlanders.com/promotions