In the first of a two game home series against the Ontario Reign, the Tucson Roadrunners lost to the Ontario Reign, AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in Overtime. In net it was the exact same matchup we saw last Friday; Jack Campbell for the Reign and Marek Langhamer for the Roadrunners.
Recent roster moves saw Laurent Dauphin make his season debut for Tucson and Anthony DeAngelo play his first AHL game in weeks after an 11 game stint with the Arizona Coyotes in the NHL. Hunter Fejes and Lindsay Sparks also made their Roadrunners season debuts after being recalled from the Rapid City Rush (ECHL).
Tucson carried the play for the first half of the period, getting more shots, winning the possession battle and spending a lot of time in Ontario’s zone. The Roadrunners were even able to score what they thought was the first goal of the game. Unfortunately the goal was disallowed because after review it was determined that the puck was kicked into the net. Ontario got all of the momentum after that, scoring two goals before the period was over.
The second period was extremely defensive, with a lot of the action taking in the neutral zone (the area between the blue lines). Also Jack Campbell made the save of the game robbing Jamie McBain off a one-timer late in the period, fortunately this saw the momentum shift back in Tucson’s favor.
Third Period and Overtime
Down, 2-0 and carrying the momentum from the second period, Tucson cut Ontario’s lead in half off of Laurent Dauphin’s short-handed breakaway.
Dauphin’s goal was an absolute beauty and came just five minutes into the period. After that, the Roadrunners continued carrying the play for the rest of the period; scoring ten minutes later.
The Roadrunners continued to be the stronger of the two teams in overtime, but a bad break saw Ontario’s Teddy Purcell score the game-winner on a break away.
- Great debut for Laurent Dauphin. Dauphin consistently had a great presence for the Roadrunners in the offensive zone and showed why he played with the Coyotes for the first 18 games of this season with his incredible shorthanded goal.
- Defense chipping in, driving offensive plays. Throughout the game Roadrunners defensemen skated the puck up out of their zone, joined the rush, and made things happen. By doing this, McBain nearly scored in the second period and Mermis eventually got the equalizer.
- The Roadrunners played a good all around game. The Roadrunners were hands-down the better of the two teams this game. Langhamer was solid, they won the possession battle (roughly 54% to 46%), outshot Ontario 37-36, and showed no glaring weaknesses in any area of their game.
- They got a point. In the NHL and AHL 2 points are awarded to a team for a win, one for an overtime/shootout loss and 0 for a loss in regulation. Tucson was riding a 3 game losing streak (all in regulation) heading into the game, so it was great to see them get at least a point in the standings.
- They lost. Like I said before, Tucson played the better all around game so it really was a shame to see them lose.
Look for the Roadrunners to build on their strong game when they take on the Reign tomorrow at 7pm.