Tucson Roadrunners

Roadrunners bounce back with 5-4 win against Stockton

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Zbynek Michalek (Tucson) and Ryan Lomberg Source: tucsonroadrunners.com

Game Notes 

In their second game since losing Craig Cunningham, the Roadrunners won 5-4 against the Stockton Heat. Marek Langhamer, recently recalled from Rapid City got the start, marking the first time in ten games someone other than Adin Hill was in net for Tucson. Jon Gillies once again got the call for the Heat.

Takeaways 

Positives 

  1. Perlini keeps scoring. Brendan Perlini scored his AHL-leading 11th goal of the season. He also had an assist on one of Kyle Wood’s goals, giving him an outstanding 16 points in 13 games for the Roadrunners this season.
  2. Kyle Wood generating tons of offense from the blue line. Kyle Wood scored 2 goals and 2 assists today, bringing his point total up to 16 points in 13 games this season. Look back at any Stanley Cup winning team and you will see that all of them have at least one defenseman capable of making plays and putting up points from the blue line (just look at Nick Lidstrom and Duncan Keith). Kyle Wood fills that important role for the Roadrunners, making him a key piece in Tucson’s quest for the Calder Cup.
  3. Mueller stepping up in Cunningham’s absence. Craig Cunningham’s unfortunate hospitalization deprived the Roadrunners of both their captain and one of their leading scorers. Without him 29-year-old NHL/AHL veteran center and alternate captain Chris Mueller led the way with 4 assists.

Negatives

  1. Too many penalties. Tucson gave Stockton six chances on the powerplay, allowing their opponents to score on two of them. Heading into the third Tucson had a comfortable 5-3 lead and drew a too many men on the ice penalty. This penalty allowed the Heat to score a powerplay goal, cutting the lead to just one with more than ten minutes left in the game.
  2. Still too many shots against. The Roadrunners are one of the best teams in the AHL and are a strong Calder Cup Contender, but their Achilles heel is allowing too many shots against. Tucson was outshot again in this game 41-33 meaning that the Roadrunners have been outshot in 10 out of 13 games this season. Allowing your opponents to consistently get so many shots on goal is the type of thing that comes back to bite you in a tough playoff series or when your goalie has an off night.

Look for the Roadrunners to build off of their win when they take on the San Diego Gulls this Wednesday at 8 PM on the road.

Box Score 

Tucson Roadrunners 5, Stockton Heat 4; shots 41-33 Stockton 

First Period, shots 18-9 Stockton 

  1. 1:30 Stockton Ryan Lomberg (3) ASST: Emile Poirier (6)
  2. 4:06 Tucson Kyle Wood (3) ASST: Brendan Perlini (5), Chris Mueller (11) (PPG)
  3. 6:38 Stockton Linden Vey (5) ASST: Andrew Mangiapane (7), Mikkel Aagaard (1) (PPG)
  4. 16:22 Tucson Brendan Perlini (11) ASST: Chris Mueller (12), Kyle Wood (11)

Second Period, shots 13-9 Tucson

  1. 2:14 Stockton Brandon Bollig (5) ASST: Hunter Smith (2), Mike Angelidis (4)
  2. 8:16 Tucson Mark Olver (2) ASST: Christian Fischer (5), Kyle Wood (12)
  3. 16:27 Tucson Kyle Wood (4) ASST: Jamie McBain (6), Chris Mueller (13) (PPG)
  4. 17:31 Tucson Henrik Samuelsson (1) ASST: Chris Mueller (14), Jamie McBain (7) (PPG)

Third Period, shots 14-11 Stockton

  1. 9:03 Stockton Rasmus Andersson (2) ASST: Daniel Pribyl (6), Emile Poirier (7) (PPG)

 

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