Tucson Roadrunners

Roadrunners close out Wildcats Weekend with a 3-2 win, Craig Cunningham watches first game since accident

Game Notes 

In the second game of Wildcats weekend, the Tucson Roadrunners defeated the Texas Stars 3-2. Tucson’s Adin Hill received his third straight start and Landon Bow replaced Maxime Lagace for the Stars. Saturday night was also the first Roadrunners game that Tucson’s captain, Craig Cunningham has attended since his life-threatening accident. He was seated in the upper stands and received a standing ovation from fans in the first period.

Stefan Fournier (26) and Hunter Fejes (45) celebrate Fournier’s first period goal.
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First Period 

The Roadrunners thoroughly dominated the Stars in the first period, jumping out to a 3-0 lead before the period was over. Roughly five minutes into the game Stefan Fournier went backhand five hole on Landon Bow off a great pass and a nice play by Hunter Fejes (Above). The Roadrunners continued their excellent offensive zone pressure for the rest of the period, rewarding Christian Fischer with a powerplay goal and Michael Bunting with his 9th tally of the season.

Second and Third Periods 

The three goals in the first were Tucson’s only goals of the game. Down 3-0, Texas had a strong response in the second period, outshooting Tucson 19-5. Adin Hill however only let in one goal in the midst of a poor offensive and defensive effort from his team.

The Stars kept the heat on in the third, scoring just 1:20 in making it a one goal game. Tucson fared slightly better in the third, only getting out shot 8-3 in a long list of many great performances from Roadrunners goaltender Adin Hill.

Takeaways

Positives

  1. First Period. You really have to hand it to the Roadrunners for being ready to play on Saturday night and having a fast start. The did everything right in the first period and had a three goal lead because of it.
  2. Adin Hill. Hill Once again was the Roadrunners’ savior last night. Without his amazing performance in the latter two periods, especially the second, Texas would have easily closed the gap and possibly won the game.
  3. Craig Cunningham. Cunningham was in great spirits in the first game attended since the accident. It was great to see him get honored with a standing ovation and he provided a nice boost to the team’s moral by visiting the locker room before the game.

Negatives 

  1. Second and Third Periods. The Stars were as great in the last 40 minutes as the Roadrunners were in the first 20. They out shot the Roadrunners 27-8 in this part of the game and had it not been for Hill, Tucson could have easily lost.
  2. Shots. The Roadrunners had only 19 shots on goal in the entire game and allowed Texas to register 38 shots against. They also had more shots in the first period alone (11) than in the rest of the game (8). Even though the Roadrunners won, this is not a recipe for success and it should not be repeated in the future.

Box Score 

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Scoring Summary

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Look for the Roadrunners close out their five game home stand with a pair of wins against the Ontario Reign tomorrow and on Wednesday.

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