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Overtime bounces Wichita's way, 3-2

Thursday, March 23rd
Overtime bounces Wichita's way, 3-2

Coralville, Iowa – Zach White forced overtime with a goal in the third period, but Wichita Thunder forward Michal Stinil won the game on the second shot of the extra session, 3-2, Wednesday at Xtream Arena.On the overtime goal, Stinil dragged over the line to the slot and backhanded it in at :42 of the extra session.White scored at 5:33 of the third on the power play to tie the game at two, giving him 18 goals to match a career high. On the tying strike, Nolan Orzeck shot it wide off the end wall, but White flew in to play the bounce and back hand it past Roman Basran (win, 24 saves). White is also the team’s franchise leaders in goals (36); that strike allowed him to surpass Kris Bennett for most ever with the Landers.Jesse Jacques scored his first goal on his first shot as a professional with five minutes to go in the opening period, an even-strength marker set up by a pair of beautiful feeds. His goal tied the game at one. As Iowa’s first man up expired, Clayton Phillips broke in over the line and shuttled the puck to the right post through traffic for Bo Hanson. Instead of cradling it, Hanson immediately slapped it to Jacques and he slammed it short side. Jacques scored four goals this season at Minnesota-Duluth in his fifth NCAA season.Wichita scored twice in the first period on strikes from Brett Boeing and Quinn Preston to take a 2-1 lead. Preston’s goal gave Wichita the lead 93 seconds after Jacques’ goalMitch Benson blocked 22 shots for an overtime loss in his pro debut.Iowa continues a three-game home stand Friday vs. Wichita at 7:05 p.m. on Star Trek Night.Box Score

View the team’s full promotional schedule at iowaheartlanders.com/promotions. Iowa is next at home Friday, Mar. 24 and Saturday, Mar. 25 vs. Wichita, with both puck drops at 7:05 p.m. On Mar. 24, the Heartlanders host the team’s first-ever Star Trek Night, showcasing our love for the show with fellow Trekkies. Fans are encouraged to dress as a Trekkie for a chance to win in-game activations and prizes. On Mar. 25, it’s Heartland Heroes night where the team 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.