In their first game back after the Christmas Break the Tucson Roadrunners beat the San Diego Gulls 5-4 in a shootout. Justin Peters was in net for Tucson and Justin Tokarski started for the Gulls. The win also allowed Tucson to recapture first place in the Pacific Division.
The Roadrunners struck first, breaking the scoreless tie with just eleven seconds left in the first period.
The Roadrunners controlled much of the play in the first and second periods, outshooting San Diego 21-12 through 40 minutes of play. Their dominance in shots and possession rewarded Tucson with a 3-2 lead heading into the third period.
The Roadrunners did take a slight step back in the third period; allowing the Gulls to outshoot them 12-5 and take 4-3 lead 11:25 into the period. Fortunately for the Roadrunners, Chris Mueller scored his second of the game against his former team with just 2:26 left in regulation.
Neither club was able to net the game-winner in the five-minute overtime period, forcing a shootout. After misses by Fischer, Dauphin, Wood and all four of San Diego’s shooters; Mueller went high glove on Tokarski, winning the game.
- First win against San Diego. The San Diego Gulls have been the Roadrunners’ toughest opponent this season, losing to them 5-3 in the season opener and 5-1 on November 30th; so it was great to see the Roadrunners finally get a win against them.
- Chris Mueller’s Performance. Chris Mueller lead the way last night, scoring 2 goals, 1 assist and the shootout winner. Mueller’s outstanding game made his former team miss him as he co-lead the Gulls in scoring (along with Brandon Montour) last season with 57 points in 63 games.
- Shaky third period. The Roadrunners have shown a tendency to relax and loosen up their play in the third period this season and last night was no exception. The third period nearly cost them a hard-fought, well-played game and had it not been for Chris Mueller, Tucson might have lost.
Scoring and Shootout Summary
Look for the Roadrunners to finish their two game road trip tomorrow with another win against the Stockton Heat.