Tucson Roadrunners

Roadrunners lose to the Stockton Heat at home, Perlini takes AHL goal scoring lead

Adin Hill and Chris Mueller in action against the Stockton Heat Source: tucsonroadrunners.com

Adin Hill and Chris Mueller in action against the Stockton Heat
Source: tucsonroadrunners.com

Game Notes 

In their first game since losing Craig Cunningham to a pre-game incident, the Roadrunners lost to the Stockton Heat 3-2 at home. All fans in attendance were given #CunnyCan wristbands in support for the still hospitalized Roadrunners captain. Adin Hill started in net for the Roadrunners and Jon Gilles was between the pipes for Stockton.

Heading into the game the Roadrunners were 1st in the Pacific division with a 8-1-2 record (W-L-OTL) and the Heat were in second with a 8-4-1 record.

Takeaways 

Positives 

  1. Brendan Perlini scores AHL-leading 10th goal of the season. Roadrunners top line winger Brendan Perlini is currently on an impressive 5 game goal streak. This excellent play has allowed the 20-year-old to capture the AHL goal scoring lead with 10 goals in 12 games (Greg Carey of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms also 10 goals but Perlini is in first beacuse Carey has played in 6 more games).
  2. Roadrunners kept shots and possession close. This game the Roadrunners were outshot only 29-27, which means that they kept the time of possession close and were able to match their opponent in scoring chances. Getting dominated in shots and possession has been a recurring problem this year for the Roadrunners, so it was great to see them improve their game in these areas.

Negative

  1. Tucson took their foot off of the gas. The Roadrunners held a 2-0 lead in the second period; giving up three straight goals to give Stockton the win. Despite this, the game was a solid effort from Tucson; it was just the Heat and not Roadrunners that got the job done in the end.

Look for the Roadrunners to bounce back tonight, Sunday November 27th in another game home game against the Stockton Heat (at 7:05 PM).

Box Score 

Tucson Roadrunners – 3, Stockton Heat – 2; Shots 29- 27 Stockton

First Period, Shots 13- 8 Tucson 

  1. 11:23 Tucson- Goal: Brendan Perlini (9)  Assists: Kyle Wood (9), Jamie McBain (5) (PPG)

Second Period, Shots 13- 8 Stockton

  1. 4:44 Tucson– Goal: Brendan Perlini (10) Assists: Eric Selleck (3), Kyle Wood (10) 
  2. 12:17 Stockton- Goal: Mikkel Aagaard (1) Assists: Linden Vey (7), Oliver Kylington (6) (PPG)

Third Period, Shots 8- 6 Stockton 

  1. 4:18 Stockton- Goal: Rasmus Andersson (1) Assists: Jamie Devane (1), Brandon Bollig (2)
  2. 18:02 Stockton- Goal: Linden Vey (4) Assists: Andrew Mangiapane (6), Tyler Wotherspoon (5)
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