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Heartlanders start four-game road trip at Wichita

Friday, October 27th
Heartlanders start four-game road trip at Wichita

Wichita, KS – The Iowa Heartlanders, proud ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild and Iowa Wild, play their first road game of the season at the Wichita Thunder Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Iowa is starting a four-game road trip that continues next weekend at Cincinnati.

Get tickets for Heartlanders Home games: Iowaheartlanders.com/tickets

Game Day Guide: 
6:50 PM: FloHockey broadcast and audio broadcast starts.
7:05 PM: Puck Drop 
Watch on FloHockey https://flosports.link/3tVsLmd

Listen on Mixlr mixlr.com/goheartlanders

3 Things To Know
- Jesse Jacques has at least a point on four of five Iowa goals. He is tied for the team lead with two goals and leads the squad with four points.
- Despite dropping both games last week, Iowa showed resiliency against Rapid City, overcoming a deficit to force overtime Friday and pulling within one Thursday after falling behind by two twice. 
- Iowa is playing its second-ever game at Wichita. Last season, Wichita won, 3-2, in overtime, scoring two goals in the final four minutes to tie and then winning it at :16 of overtime (Jake Wahlin OT goal).

Affiliates: Iowa Heartlanders (Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild) | Wichita Thunder (San Jose Sharks/San Jose Barracuda)

Outshooting middle and late
The Iowa Heartlanders outshot Rapid City, 50-24, in the final two periods of last week’s games. In game one Thursday, Iowa allowed 18 shots in the first period, then only gave up eight the rest of the game. Friday followed a more-even script; Rapid City had 18 total shots after the first period (including overtime). The Heartlanders took 24 in the same span, including 16 in the second frame. 

Overall, the opening-weekend trend is a positive sign; last season, Iowa was outshot in both the second and third period by about a shot per frame.

Last Time Out
Iowa received two goals from Pavel Novak, but Jarrod Gourley scored on the first shot of overtime to lead the Rapid City Rush to a 4-3 overtime victory Friday at Xtream Arena. 

Novak’s first came on a two-on-one halfway through the first, his first goal as a professional in North America. His second tally gave Iowa a 3-2 advantage at 9:04 of the third. Four minutes later, Gourley scored his first of two goals, putting a seeing-eye shot off a defender and in from 60-feet away. 

Liam Coughlin also scored for Iowa, tying the game on a ricochet at 15:47 of the second.

Jesse Jacques registered two points.

Peyton Jones made 22 saves in defeat. 

Next up

The Heartlanders visit Wichita Sunday at 4:05 p.m. Catch the Heartlanders for a six-game home stand Nov. 8, Nov. 9, Nov. 11 and Nov. 15, Nov. 17 and Nov. 18. 

The next home stands has some great promotional nights including Nov. 17’s Military Appreciation Night vs. Utah with a GreenState Credit Union giveaway. Additionally, Iowa is home for Field Trip Day on Nov. 15, featuring a 10:35 AM puck drop where local schools will be at the game for a fun and educational experience. Find the full promotional calendar at https://iowaheartlanders.com/#schedule

Rose Club Memberships & Tickets Now Available For 2023-24 Season
Rose Club Season Ticket Memberships, Partial Plans, Mini-Plans, Flex Tickets and Single-Game Tickets are now available for the 2023-24 season, the Heartlanders’ third in the ECHL. Call 319-569-GOAL or visit iowaheartlanders.com/tickets for more information.