In their second home game of the season, the Tucson Roadrunners beat the Stockton Heat 4-3. Starting in goal was Adin Hill for Tucson and David Rittich for Stockton. With the win, the Roadrunners are now tied for 1st place in the Pacific Division with the Ontario Reign at 8 points.
The first period was perfect for the Roadrunners; they were winning battles in the corners, played a disciplined, physical game and once again, had a strong forecheck. The only goal of the period was scored on the power play by Roadrunner defenseman Kyle Wood off of a beautiful feed back to the point by Brandon Burlon. The Goal was scored 11:10 into the period; the secondary assist came from veteran center Chris Mueller. Jarred Tindori also laid a big open-ice hit in the neutral zone, which led to a fight and a penalty being drawn by the Heat’s Ryan Lomberg. Their great play resulted in a 1-0 lead and the Roadrunners outshooting the Heat 15-10.
Down 1-0 after being completely outplayed by the Roadrunners in the first, Stockton responded with a great period of their own. They dominated time on attack, possession, and shots on goal, which showed in the score by the end of the period. Tucson’s Jarred Tinordi got in his second fight of the game against Brandon Bollig. Twenty-two-year-old left wing Hunter Shinkaruk, a top prospect in the Flames Organization had a big period, scoring a goal and an assist. Stockton’s defense also continued making smart plays and was instrumental in the scoring of all three Heat goals in the third. The Roadrunners also lost the disciplined play seen in the first, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Had it not been for the play of Roadrunner goaltender Adin Hill, Stockton probably would have scored even more.
The score at the end of the second was 3-1, and the Roadrunners were outshot 15-10.
Goals in the second period:
(Stockton, even strength) Hunter Shinkaruk at 17:29, Assists: Oliver Kylington, Tyler Wotherspoon
(Stockton, power play) Emile Poirier at 19:18, Assists: Daniel Pribyl, Hunter Shinkaruk
(Stockton, short-handed) Linden Vey at 19:58, Assists: Garnet Hathaway, Colby Robak
The Roadrunners responded to their poor play in the second with an outstanding third period. They spent a lot of time in the Heat’s zone and played very physical. The Roadrunners were consistently getting pucks on net, were able to turn the tide in the game, score three goals and come out on top with an impressive 4-3 win. The first goal came just 1:58 into the period and was scored off a beautiful feed into the slot from Garret Ross and Conor Garland to Ryan MacInnis. At 14:58 Michael Bunting buried the equalizer on the power play; he was assisted by Anthony DeAngelo and Jarred Tinordi. Less than a minute later, the Roadrunners capitalized on their momentum and Christian Fisher scored the game winner off of a perfect pass from Dakota Mermis and Kyle Wood. The Roadrunners still spent a too much time in the box in the third, but overall, there was nothing not to like about their performance in the third period. Goaltender Adin Hill also did an excellent job bouncing back from his shaky performance at the end of the second.
Fans went home happy, as the final score in the game was 4-3 Roadrunners. Shots in the third were 10-6 Tucson and 35-31 Roadrunners in the game
My Stars of the Game
- The 20-year-old Kyle Wood of Waterloo, Ontario has been consistently the Roadrunners’ best player and is a shining star on the Roadrunner blue line and the entire Coyotes Organization. Three is certainly a number every fan should know before coming out to a game at the Tucson Convention Center. Wood had one goal and one assist tonight.
- Twenty-year-old rookie right wing, Conor Garland, is a very fast, good skater. Stockton’s defense seemed like they couldn’t find a place to hide from the speedy forward whenever he was on the forecheck. Garland works hard at playing a 200-foot game and forces a lot of turnovers for the Roadrunners. Look for him to crawl up the Roadrunner forward depth chart over the course of the season. He had one assist and three shots.
- Because of the Calgary Flames having one of the deepest defensive prospect pools in the NHL Stockton’s entire defensive corps is very good, if it weren’t for them, the Roadrunners would have scored much more than one goal in the first. They forced Tucson to take a lot of perimeter shots and were regularly leading the rush up the ice for the Heat. Tucson will need to watch out for Rasmus Andersson, Oliver Kylington, Tyler Wotherspoon and Kayle Doetzel whenever we play them in the future.
- Jarred Tinordi tallied one assist tonight, and the 6’6″ 225 pound Minnesota native showed everyone that the Roadrunners are not a team that will be taken advantage of by getting in two fights. Look for him to lay down the law in Tucson for the entire season.
- Resilience, throughout the season the Roadrunners have shown themselves to be a mentally tough team. It doesn’t matter who they are down to and how many goals they are down by, the Roadrunners always seem to find a way to get back in it.
- The Tucson Roadrunners have finally outshot an opponent for the first time this season. They dominated possession for most of the game, and it led to a well-deserved victory.
- Strong start and finish, despite a weak second period, the Roadrunners had their way with Stockton in the first and third periods. They had a strong forecheck, won the puck battles along the board and kept the puck out of their zone.
- Weak second period, the Roadrunners were thoroughly outplayed in the second. They were dominated in every possession stat and their play in this period nearly cost them what became a great win.
- Lack of discipline. Tucson took five unnecessary, preventable penalties this afternoon and which allowed Stockton to score one power play goal. Head Coach, Mark Lamb needs to work on this if he wants to make the Roadrunners a Calder Cup contender.
Look for Tucson to build upon their great win when they take on the Texas Stars at home, 7:05 PM this Wednesday, November 2nd.
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