Last night the San Diego Gulls, affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks beat the Roadrunners 5-1 extending their win streak to 7. After receiving the night off Sunday, Adin Hill started for Tucson and veteran netminder Dustin Tokarski got the call for San Diego.
- Conor Garland scores first AHL goal. Garland earned a well-deserved first goal for the Roadrunners. This will be the first of many, as he is consistently one of the hardest-working players on the ice and is easily the fastest skater on the team. A video of his first period goal is shown below.
- Classy Gulls pay tribute to Craig Cunningham. In support of the Roadrunners in this difficult time, the Gulls honored hospitalized Roadrunners Captain Craig Cunningham by wearing #14 decals on their helmets throughout the game.
What San Diego did last night was one of the classiest things I’ve ever seen in sports. They didn’t have to do any of it; the Stockton Heat (the first team to play the Roadrunners after the Cunningham incident) didn’t wear stickers on their helmets. The Gulls even invited their fans to come to their marketing booth and show their support for Cunningham. Several San Diego fans also made posters.
- Five unanswered goals. Conor Garland did well by getting into good position and burying the first goal of the game. What wasn’t so good was allowing San Diego to score five straight goals after going up 1-0. The overall effort was described by Roadrunners Head Coach Mark Lamb as “by far the worst game we’ve played this year”. Losses are bound to happen in any hockey team’s season but a talented team like the Roadrunners certainly could have put up more a fight.
- Roadrunners not getting enough shots on goal. Wednesday night the Roadrunners registered a season-low 20 shots on goal, Tucson was also outshot 29-20 in the game. Gulls’ number 1 goaltender Dustin Tokarski won his fifth straight start Wednesday night and is a veteran of 34 NHL and 249 AHL games. The Roadrunners will need to get more than 20 shots if they want to be more effective against San Diego in the Future.
- Weak PK. The PK killed only half of the penalties last night, allowing San Diego to go 2/4 on the power play, letting the Roadrunners down at key points in the game. The Gulls managed to score a a powerplay goal late in the first period, allowing them to carry a 2-1 lead heading into the second. In the second period when Tucson was only down 3-1 and the game was still in reach; San Diego scored again on the power play, taking a commanding 4-1 lead.
The Roadrunners will look to bounce back when they take on the Ontario Reign tomorrow on the road. The game starts at 7PM and can be watched on theahl.com or listened to on 1450 KZTR.