By: Alex Kinkopf
December 13, 2017 9:14 PM
The Roadrunners suffered a defeat at the hands of the San Jose Barracuda for the second consecutive night Wednesday at Tucson Arena, falling by a 5-2 score.
San Jose scored the first four goals of the evening, two of which came in the first period.
Adin Hill was pulled following the Barracuda’s third goal, which came less than four minutes into the second. Hill allowed three goals on nine shots faced.
Just over a minute into Hunter Miska’s relief appearance, the Barracuda upped their lead to four - their largest of the evening - at the 4:59 mark of the middle frame.
With 11:50 left to play in the second, Michael Bunting got the Roadrunners on the board when he finished a two-on-one sequence with Mario Kempe, one-timing Kempe’s cross-ice feed past San Jose’s Parker Gahagen.
Bunting’s goal extended his personal point streak to six games, the second longest by a Roadrunners player this season.
Trevor Cheek got the Roadrunners back to within two with 7:15 to play in the second period when he intercepted a pass during a penalty kill, fled through the neutral zone, and walked in alone to score his second goal in as many games.
Cheek now has points in four consecutive contests.
San Jose scored an empty net goal with 2:16 to play to secure a 5-2 victory.
Hunter Miska stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced in relief of Adin Hill.
Now with an overall record of 12-7-2-1, which calculates in at a .614 win percentage, the Roadrunners occupy second place in the Pacific Division.
The Roadrunners will leave town for one game to take on the Ontario Reign Saturday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 6:00 PM MST.