Overtime loss in Ontario
Last night in the second of a pair of road games against the Ontario Reign, the Tucson Roadrunners lost 5-4 in overtime. The game followed another overtime loss to the Reign last Sunday, in what was a relatively quiet week for the Roadrunners.
By the looks of it, the game was an extremely offensive matchup with Tucson and Ontario registering 35 and 37 shots on goal respectively. It was the third game of a 4-game road trip for Tucson. Previously beating Bakersfield 6-1 on the first game of the trip and registering back-to-back overtime losses against Ontario, the Roadrunners have earned 4 out 6 points on the road trip.
If they can beat San Diego in the last game of the road trip this Wednesday, Tucson will once again be tied at 27 points with San Jose for 1st in the Pacific Division.
Garland earns first NHL call-up
Following Michael Grabner’s injury, the Arizona Coyotes called Conor Garland up to the NHL. Garland, who has played for the Roadrunners since they moved to Tucson in 2016, has never played a regular season NHL game.
The 22-year-old Massachusetts native is in the midst of the best season of his professional career. After scoring just 14 points in 55 games for Tucson in 2016-17 and 27 points in 55 games in 2017-18, Garland has 19 points in 18 games for Tucson this year.
The call-up comes after back-to-back two-point games in Ontario, and he is expected to make his NHL debut in the Coyotes’ game tomorrow against Los Angeles.
Adin Hill named the NHL’s second star of the week
Adin Hill, who has been the Roadrunners’ starting goaltender in each of the Roadrunners three seasons, has also played very well during his recent NHL call-up. Hill has a perfect 3-0-0 record with the Coyotes this year, with a 0.983 save percentage and a 0.43 goals against average.
His recent stint with the Coyotes includes a 29-save shutout against the Nashville Predators, who are arguably the best team in the entire NHL. Hill’s recent success in the NHL is unsurprising considering that he has consistently been one of Tucson’s best players in each of the three seasons he’s played here.
As a result of Hill’s stellar play in net for the Coyotes, he was named the NHL’s second star of the week. His performance also indicates that there is a good chance that the 22-year-old becomes the Coyotes’ starter in the near future.