Four unanswered goals leads Roadrunners past Gulls
By: Alex Kinkopf
January 13, 2018 10:42 PM
The Roadrunners erased a two-goal deficit with a collected response that included four unanswered goals of their own to top the San Diego Gulls 4-2 Saturday night at the Valley View Casino Center.
An important win it was for the Roadrunners, who in facing a San Diego club that had won 12 of its past 15 games and five of its last six, created a bit of breathing room in the standings as they continue to hold sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.
The Gulls scored twice in the first period, taking a 2-0 lead into the second.
That would be all of the scoring for San Diego, though, as the Roadrunners clamped down defensively and were driven by Adin Hill’s poised performance. Hill stopped all 26 shots he faced in the final two periods of play.
In the opening moments of the second as the Roadrunners were working on their first power play of the night, Dylan Strome skated in from the neutral zone, used a San Diego defender as a screen, and wired a wrist shot high to the far corner past Reto Berra to cut the Gulls’ lead to one.
A mere 1:40 minutes later, Laurent Dauphin stuffed home the Roadrunners’ second goal of the night, tying the game 2-2.
For Dauphin, it was his first goal with Tucson since re-joining the team. Daniel Maggio, with the assist on Dauphin’s marker, registered his first point in a Roadrunners uniform.
Tied entering the third period, the Roadrunners staved off the Gulls in killing off a 5-on-3 power play.
With 9:45 left to play in regulation, Dylan Strome buried his second goal of the evening, again coming on the power play, when he beat Reto Berra up high to give the Roadrunners a 3-2 lead.
Michael Bunting scored an empty net goal with 55 seconds left to play to secure the Roadrunners 4-2 victory.
Strome, with an assist on Bunting’s tally, finished the game with three points (2G, 1A), the sixth time he’s done so this season.
Adin Hill stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced, earning his eighth win of the season.
Now with a 19-11-2-1 record, which calculates in at a .621 win percentage, the Roadrunners to continue to sit atop the Pacific Division in first place.
The team returns to begin a two-game home stand Monday night when they take on the San Diego Gulls at Tucson Arena, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 7:05 PM.