Friday night’s 5-4 overtime win was the second game of a two game home series against the Ontario Reign. Jack Campbell made his third straight start against the Roadrunners, and Adin Hill returned for Tucson after getting the night off Wednesday.
It was also teddy bear toss night for the Roadrunners, where fans were allowed to bring teddy bears and toss them on to the ice after the first roadrunners goal. All teddy bears were donated to charity afterwards.
Coming off of a tough loss Wednesday night Tucson came out to a flying start in the first period outshooting Ontario 14-7 and jumping out to a 3-0. Defenseman Zbynek Michalek triggered the teddy bear toss just under 5 minutes into the period with his first of the season.
About 11 minutes later Conor Garland sniped Jack Campbell high glove side for his second of the season. With less than a minute left in the period alternate captain Chris Mueller ended the Roadrunners power play goal drought, giving the Roadrunners a dominating lead heading into the second period.
In response to their weak period, the Reign answered back with a dominating period of their own. The Reign ended up outshooting ontario 17-8 in the second frame, but Roadrunners goaltender Adin Hill stood tall allowing only one goal in the last minute of the period.
Third Period and Overtime
Ontario continued carrying the play into the third period, outshooting Tucson 13-5. Left Wing Michael Mersch scored twice, tying the score at 3-3. Thankfully, Kyle Wood scored another power play goal giving the Roadrunners a 4-3 lead.
Unfortunately the Reign answered 23 seconds later, sending the game into overtime. The Roadrunners however weren’t going to let themselves lose this one, scoring just 26 seconds into extra time, leaving the final score of a thrilling game at 5-4.
- The first period. The first period was absolutely perfect for Tucson, they out possessed, outshot and played a disciplined game (allowing Ontario 0 chances on the powerplay during the period). Their performance rewarded the Roadrunners with a 3-0 lead, ultimately winning them the game.
- Powerplay goals. Despite having the league’s best powerplay for much of the season, the Roadrunners were denied on 16 straight times on the man advantage heading into the game. So it was great to see them go 3 for 6 on the powerplay.
- Taking their foot off of the gas. The first period was great; it was as good as it gets, but Tucson didn’t look great in the second or third periods. Their performance in these periods could have cost them a game they didn’t deserve to lose.
Look for the Roadrunners to build on the momentum from this fantastic win when they visit the San Antonio Rampage for the first time this season Friday.