In the second of two games between the Iowa Wild and the Tucson Roadrunners, the Roadrunners defeated Iowa 5-4 in overtime. They were slow out of the gate, but in the end, talented players up and down Tucson’s lineup were able to get the job done.
The first period overall, was a very sloppy period for the Roadrunners. Their passing was inaccurate and they failed to establish any meaningful offensive zone possession until the last five minutes of the period. Contributing to this was the Wild’s rock solid defensive play, as they forced the Roadrunners to the outside and surrendered few quality scoring chances.
The Wild’s superior play showed up both on the scoresheet and the shot clock with the Wild outshooting the Roadrunners 13-8 in the first period. Alex Grant would open the scoring for the Wild, burying Sam Anas’ pass in the slot. Iowa would also score a powerplay goal in the middle of the first period, leaving Iowa up 2-0 after 20.
The second period was far more evenly matched in terms of quality of play and scoring chances. There were seven penalties drawn in the second, but both the Wild and Roadrunners failed to convert on any of their chances. The lone goal of the period came as Lane Pederson scored his second of the season in consecutive nights, off of an assist from Dylan Strome, leaving the score at 2-1 at the end of the second.
The Roadrunners would claw their way back in this one, as they outscored the Wild 3-2 in the final period, sending the game to overtime. Iowa’s Justin Kloos would widen Iowa’s lead to 3-1 early in the third with a beautiful goal, but the Roadrunners’ Michael Bunting would put his team back within one less than a minute later.
Later in the period, Michael Latta would tie the game at 3 with his first goal of the season only for Cal O’Reilly to restore Iowa’s lead. With the clock winding down, the Roadrunners pulled the goalie, allowing Latta to be the hero once more as he tied the game with just 1:06 to go.
In the 3-on-3 overtime period, Ryan MacInnnis was able to bury Dylan Strome’s pass, giving his team a huge 2 points in tightly contested contest. MacInnis’ overtime winner would give first-line center Dylan Strome his third assist of the night, making him one of two three point producers on the night along with Michael Latta, who also collected an assist on Pederson’s goal.
With the win, the 5-1-1 Tucson Roadrunners now claim the American Hockey League’s best record with a 0.786 points percentage and are on a three game winning streak. They will look to continue building on the great success they are having this season when the Roadrunners take on the Cleveland Monsters this Friday.