Referees: Jake Kamrass, Corey Syvret (42)
Linesmen: Rob Fay (32) Neil Frederickson (68)
The Tucson Roadrunners continue their three-game home series with the Colorado Eagles Friday night, for their second El Lazo de Tucson Night of the season. The Roadrunners set an AHL season high for shots on goal Thursday night with 53 but fell to the Eagles 4-2. The Roadrunners will be looking to capitalize off of last game’s positives to come away with two points.
1) Some notable Roadrunners players made their returns to the Tucson Arena ice Thursday night against the Colorado Eagles. Ivan Prosvetov started in net for the Roadrunners in his first home game since March 21, stopping 26 shots, including several key chances for the Eagles. On the other end of the ice, Barrett Hayton returned to the lineup for the first time since April 2 due to injury, showing everyone that he was back to full strength with a goal in the final seconds of Thursday’s game. The goal was Hayton’s first since March 31, but second in his last three games played. Meanwhile, defenseman Ty Emberson made his home debut with the Roadrunners Thursday, marking his second appearance with Tucson on the season.
2) Tucson was the first team to get on the board in the opening game of the series Thursday night, when Victor Soderstrom blasted the puck past Eagles goaltender, and former Roadrunner, Hunter Miska. The goal was Soderstrom’s second of the season, and second against the Colorado Eagles. Soderstrom’s first goal of the year came against the first game of the year against the Eagles in Colorado. Soderstrom scored a power-point slap shot from the blue line to tie the game at one in the first period.
3) Friday night marks the second of three “El Lazo de Tucson” games for the Tucson Roadrunners this season. The team will once again don their special El Lazo jerseys, and Dusty will take on his alter-ego of “El Polvo” when the Roadrunners and Eagles face-off at 7:00 p.m. MST on Friday. Joining in the festivities will be the “Los Diablitos de Sunnyside High School” mariachi band and the ballet folklorico. After Friday, the team will have one final El Lazo de Tucson night May 14 against the Ontario Reign.
What’s The Word?
Tucson Roadrunners forward Barrett Hayton on scoring a goal in his first game back in the lineup since April 2 due to injury:
“I feel like I’d been playing some good hockey prior to getting hurt and scoring in my first night back is definitely nice. I think I have a great opportunity down here, working with these guys, getting minutes and being put in situations I eventually want to be in with the Arizona Coyotes.”
Number to Know
53 – The number of shots on goal recorded by the Roadrunners Thursday night against the Colorado Eagles. The number set a new AHL season high for shots on goal, breaking their previous record of 52 shots on net, set by the Roadrunners on April 9 against the San Diego Gulls.
We’re Doing It Live
Roadrunners Hockey returns to the radio today at 7:00 p.m. as “Voice of the Roadrunners” Adrian Denny brings you all of the action on Fox Sports 1450 AM. All Roadrunners games are broadcast live on Tucson’s Sports Station, along with AHLtv.