Tucson Roadrunners

Roadrunners split series with San Antonio Rampage, Christian Fischer scores hat trick

Playing on back-to-back nights in San Antonio, the Roadrunners won the first game 5-4 in OT and lost the second 4-2. For Justin Peters started for the Roadrunners in game one and Marek Langhamer was between the pipes for game two. The games were also the first meetings in franchise history between the two teams and recent roster moves saw Adin Hill sent down to Rapid City.

Friday December 16th, 5-4 OT win 

Dakot Mermis (#43), Kyle Wood (#3), Hunter Fejes (#45) and Roadrunners teammates celebrating second period a goal Friday Night
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Game Notes 

Friday night was the third straight Roadrunners game that went to overtime, and saw 19-year-old right wing Christian Fischer score his first career professional hat trick. Down 1-0, Kyle Wood opened the scoring for Tucson, skating the puck up from the defensive zone for his sixth of the season.

Kyle Wood weaves through San Antonio’s defense, scoring in the first period.
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After Wood’s goal San Antonio’s A.J. Greer scored twice, making the score 3-1 San Antonio with roughly 5 minutes left in the first period. Just two minutes after Greer’s second goal, Christian Fischer began Tucson’s comeback, leaving the score at 3-2 Rampage at the end of the first.

The first of Fischer’s three goals.
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Ten minutes into the second period, Dakota Mermis tied the game off of a pass from Trevor Cheek and Hunter Fejes.

Mermis’ slapshot evens the score
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The Rampage’s Gary Nunn scored three minutes after Mermis, closing out the scoring in the second period. In the third period, Christian Fischer scored his second of the game, sending it to overtime.

Christian Fischer buries a loose puck midway through the third period.
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After that, Fischer scored again ending the game just 19 seconds into OT.

Fischer receives stretch-pass from Zybnek Michalek, scoring the game-winner and a hat trick in overtime.
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Box Score 

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Scoring Summary 

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Saturday December 17th, 4-2 loss 

San Antonio Rampage goaltender Jeremy Smith in goal Saturday night.
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Game Notes 

Feeding off of the momentum from their overtime win the night before, Garret Ross and the Roadrunners opened the game’s scoring just 48 seconds in.

Garret Ross’ first period goal Source: tucsonroadrunners.com 

After Ross’ goal San Antonio scored four straight goals making the score 4-1 late in the third period. Christian Fischer was able to make the score more respectable, scoring his fourth goal of the weekend with just 49 seconds left in the game

Christian Fischer makes it 4-2 with less than a minute left.
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Box Score 

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Scoring Summary 

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Takeaways

Positives 

  1. Fischers’ four goals. In Brendan Perlini’s absence (he’s still with the Coyotes in the NHL) Christian Fischer has stepped it up, scoring 5 goals in his last 3 games (including four goals this weekend and a hat trick Friday).
  2. Friday night’s shot totals. The Roadrunners won the possession battle Friday night, outshooting San Antonio 38-23. This rewarded them with five goals and a great win.

Negatives 

  1. Four goals against in both games.  The Roadrunners conceded four goals on just 23 shots Friday, nearly costing them a game that they clearly dominated. Saturday night was slightly more excusable, considering San Antonio’s 34 shots that game. But in both cases the defence and goaltending should have been and could have been better.
  2. Where’s Adin? We know where he is, he’s in Rapid City, South Dakota, playing in the ECHL with the Rush; but I have no idea why he’s there. Adin Hill has been an absolute all-star for the Roadrunners posting an outstanding 8-2-2 record. Like I said before, the Roadrunners let in too many goals in both games this weekend and Hill definitely could have helped.

Look for the Roadrunners to head into the AHL’s Christmas break with a pair of wins against the Bakersfield Condors at home this Tuesday and Wednesday.

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