By: Alex Kinkopf
October 28, 2017 9:50 PM
The Roadrunners secured a weekend sweep of the Iowa Wild Saturday night in the club’s 5-4 overtime victory at Tucson Arena.
With the win, the team has momentarily positioned itself in first place in the Pacific Division with a 5-1-1-0 record and a .786 win percentage. They have earned points in six straight games, going 5-0-1-0 during that span.
Michael Latta, playing in his 250th career American Hockey League game Saturday night, made his milestone evening a little more special with three points (2G, 1A), including the game-tying goal with 1:06 left to play in regulation.
“We’ve got a really great team here; a young team, an exciting team,” Latta said following the game. “The boys have come a long way, we get along real well, we play for each other and that showed tonight. I don’t think we’ve lost a third period this year, and that’s really a sign of a good team.”
Facing a healthy deficit after the Wild took a 2-0 lead in the opening frame, Lane Pederson scored his second goal in as many nights to get the Roadrunners on the board with 2:17 left to play in the second period.
Pederson, hounding Iowa’s crease, jammed a loose puck past Iowa’s Adam Vay to cut the Wild’s lead in half.
The Wild took a 3-1 lead early in the third, but the Roadrunners soon responded with two quick goals to tie the game.
Micheal Bunting, battling for position in front of Iowa’s net, tapped home a loose rebound with 14:36 left to play in the third to cut the Wild’s lead to 3-2.
For Bunting, it was his first goal of the season.
With just over eight minutes left in regulation, Michael Latta, driving hard to Iowa’s net, chipped home his first goal of the season to tie the game 3-3.
Iowa’s Cal O’Reilly scored to give the Wild a 4-3 lead with 5:55 left to play.
In the late stages of the third, and with Hunter Miska pulled from his net for an extra attacker, Michael Latta scored his second goal of the evening to tie the game 4-4, sending the contest to overtime.
At the 3:19 mark of the extra period, Ryan MacInnis, following an offensive zone entry, received a pass from Dylan Strome atop the slot and beat Iowa’s Adam Vay with a shot off the far post and in to secure a 5-4 Roadrunners win.
Hunter Miska stopped both shots he faced in overtime, and made a total of 37 saves to earn his third-straight victory.
Dylan Strome finished the evening with three assists, and now leads the Roadrunners in scoring with 10 points (1G, 9A) in six games played.
The team will continue its six-game home stand next Friday night when they host the Cleveland Monsters at Tucson Arena, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 7:05 PM.
Photos Courtesy: Kate Dibildox