Following three days of practice on home ice the Roadrunners began a three-game swing through California Friday.
Now, here on Monday, with two-thirds of it already being in the rearview mirror, there were good moments and then there was Sunday as the team will go for two wins out of three on the trip Wednesday evening.
Friday vs. Stockton (5-2 Win)
There were plenty of positives to be found in the team’s fourth win in four games against the Heat this season.
To start, Eric Comrie turned away a few “grade-A” chances from Stockton early. He held on long to allow Tucson to get the first goal and they’ve had success (6-1) when that happens this year.
After an early second period goal from Stockton, Kelly Klima earned his second goal in two games and Andy Miele made it three (goals) in two (games) to give the Roadrunners a lead they wouldn’t look back from.
Perhaps the biggest bright spot, Hudson Fasching potting not one but two goals in the contest.
Mix in Lane Pederson becoming the first on the team to ten goals and it was an all-around good night in Stockton.
All five goals coming at even strength doesn’t hurt either.
Sunday vs. San Jose (7-1 Loss)
Then came Sunday.
With their second chance already this season to make history by becoming the first-ever Roadrunners group to win six in a row, the winning ways game to a screeching halt.
Adin Hill, like Comrie on Friday, was ready to play early but a few team mistakes snowballed and before you knew it the game completely got away from the Roadrunners. Hands down the most uncharacteristic effort of the season thus far from the group, the team dropped their first of two in San Jose in funky fashion.
Speaking of snowballs though, Hudson Fasching continued to accumulate his by netting Tucson’s only goal, now giving him three in two games.
Where They Stand
Record: 11-4-0-0 (22 Points – .733 Win Percentage)
Pacific Division: First Place / First Place
Western Conference: Second Place / First Place
The Week That Was
Friday, November 15
Roadrunners (5) at Heat (2)
Sunday, November 17
Roadrunners (1) at Barracuda (7)
Up & Down
Recalls (TUC -> ARI)
Recalls (RC -> TUC)
Assignments (ARI -> TUC)
Assignments (TUC -> RC)
Alumni In Action
2017-18 Roadrunner Lawson Crouse had his first multi-point effort of the season in Saturday’s 3-0 win for the Coyotes over the Flames. With one goal and one assist, Crouse now has seven points in 20 games this season.
In The System
As Giovanni Fiore continues to stack points and hold his position among the league’s top five scorers, Ivan Prosvetov is also handling things quite nicely with the Rapid City Rush.
With Eric Comrie’s conditioning loan taking precedence for Tucson’s second goaltending spot aside Hill, the 20-year-old has two wins in three games with one shutout since being assigned to the ECHL.
Highlight Of The Week
Early-game goaltending has been monumental for Tucson’s success through the first 15 games of the year. Friday night that proved to be true again.
Have a look at Eric Comrie making a breakaway stop on one of the league’s hottest forwards in Glenn Gawdin before his team transitions the other way and eventually takes the first goal of the night.