Game #19: Tucson Roadrunners (5) vs San Jose Barracuda (1)

Roadrunners Recap: 12/1/2023

Game #19: Tucson Roadrunners vs San Jose Barracuda

SOG: TUC (35) – SJ (25)

PP: TUC (2/5) – SJ (1/4)

SAN JOSE: Ethan Cardwell (5)

TUCSON SCORING:  Josh Doan (8), Josh Doan (9), Zach Sanford (1), Travis Barron (2), Victor Soderstrom (3)


TUCSON, AZ – Without a lot of water in Tucson, the San Jose Barracuda drowned early, losing 5-1 on Friday night at Tucson Arena as the Roadrunners improved to 11-6-1-1 on the year.


Tucson Roadrunners Forward Josh Doan puts the San Jose netminder on skates as he scores an early penalty shot goal giving Tucson the 1-0 lead. Doan would add to his team leading 9 goals with a second first period goal in Friday night’s contest.


THEY GIVE YOU THE WHOLE SEAT BUT YOU ONLY NEED THE EDGE Friday’s 5-1 Roadrunners victory was the team’s largest margin of victory on the season so far. Heading into Friday night’s game, eight of the ten Tucson wins had come by one goal with the two others coming by two goals.


(Photo Credits: Lucas Ault, Tucson Roadrunners)

Forward Josh Doan skates to the Tucson bench for high-fives after scoring an early first period goal on a penalty-shot. Doan would score again in the first period giving him a team leading nine goals, four of which have been game-winning goals.   


To do what we did tonight was fun. Credit to a lot of guys who stepped up. Every game we have to show up ready to go.

Forward Travis Barron after Tucson’s 5-1 victory on Friday evening


The Roadrunners came out in period one like a Barracuda out of water. Just 1:34 into the game Josh Doan was given a penalty-shot and took advantage. A great move in front of the net would give Tucson the early 1-0 lead and Doan his team-leading eighth goal of the season. At the 11:02 mark it would be Josh Doan again scoring his second goal of the period on a power-play and the ultimate game-winning goal for the Roadrunners. Doan was assisted by Dylan Guenther and Patrik Koch. The quick 2-0 start wouldn’t satisfy the Roadrunners after Zach Sanford would find the back of the net adding an insurance goal. It was Sanford’s first goal of the season, and he was assisted by Jan Jenik and John Leonard. A minute and a half later Travis Barron would join the scoring party and give Tucson the 4-0 lead with just over a minute left in the first period. Aku Raty and Curtis Douglas picked up assists. The four Roadrunners goals in period one marked the first time this season that Tucson has had a four-goal period. Tucson controlled the puck well through the full twenty minutes, only allowing three San Jose shots on goal and stacking up 15.

In the second it was Victor Soderstrom getting his piece of the pie and lighting the lamp for Tucson. A San Jose hooking penalty would lead to a power-play for the Roadrunners and Soderstrom put the puck in the back of the net. John Leonard picked up his second assist of the night and Austin Poganski picked up his first. The Roadrunners would get another power-play chance at the 10:51 mark but would come up empty. A 5-0 Tucson lead would have the Roadrunners faithful on their feet as the two sides headed to the locker rooms for the second intermission.

A slashing minor on Tucson would lead to the lone San Jose goal of the evening in the third period. Following the San Jose power-play goal things would get chippy. Curtis Douglas and Cameron Hebig would be assessed roughing minors at the 7:11 mark as well as a roughing on Ethan Caldwell of San Jose. The Roadrunners would kill off the Barracuda power-play. Just over a minute later, misconducts would be handed out to both Tucson and San Jose. Curtis Douglas would drop the gloves at the 14:14 mark and the crazy final period would continue. Tucson would escape the chaotic period with a 5-1 victory to improve to 11-6-1-1 on the year. The two teams square off again Saturday evening at 7:00pm from the Tucson Arena.