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Iowa comes from behind with three goals in final minutes, 5-4

Monday, April 3rd
Iowa comes from behind with three goals in final minutes, 5-4

Fort Wayne, IN – The Iowa Heartlanders overcame a two-goal deficit with three goals in a three-minute span, stunning the Fort Wayne Komets, 5-4, Sunday at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The Heartlanders trailed, 4-2, with 6:40 to go before strikes from two goals from Jake Durflinger and a tying strike from Tommy Parrottino jolted Iowa into the lead.Iowa has matched a season-best winning streak (3), with all wins coming on the road in three different cities this weekend. The Heartlanders have won four straight road games, also a season best. Mitch Benson made 33 saves for his first professional win.Parrottino and Durflinger each scored twice in the third. Durflinger scored twice in 3:40. His second goal came on a breakaway, labeling it top shelf past his former teammate Corbin Kaczperski (loss, 26 saves, 5 goals allowed). His first strike came on a two-on-one up the right slot, set up by a drop feed from Brendan Robbins.Before Durflinger gave Iowa the lead, Parrottino made a remarkable individual effort with a deke through two defenders at the Komets line to spring himself to the left slot. He scored top shelf, his team-best 22nd of the second to make it 4-4 Komets with 14:13 of the third. He also tied the game on a two-on-one back-door tip, assisted by Yuki Miura on a feed to the left post.  Jesse Jacques opened the scoring on Iowa’s first offensive chance. Zach White slung it to the high slot for Carson Denomie for a wrist shot. After an initial save, the puck rebounded directly to Jacques for a left-slot back handed shot that went in at the bottom left pocket. Jacques has goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.Iowa allowed two power-play goals to Darien Kielb and Drake Rymsha in the second and fell behind by one entering the third, 2-1.Iowa visits Wheeling Fri., Apr. 7 at 6:10 p.m. and Indy Sat., Apr. 8 at 6:00 p.m. next week. The team is at home for the last three games of the regular season Apr. 12, Apr. 14 and Apr. 15 vs. Wheeling.Box ScoreView the team’s full promotional schedule at iowaheartlanders.com/promotions. 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