Roadrunners strike early, but fall 4-1 in Ontario
By: Alexander Kinkopf
February 17, 2017 10:12 PM
Despite having one of their better all-around performances of late, most notably in the attacking end, the Roadrunners fell to the Ontario Reign 4-1 Friday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
The loss, coupled with the Texas Stars’ overtime victory over the Chicago Wolves, drops the Roadrunners to fifth-place in the Pacific Division and momentarily out of playoff positioning.
The club has now lost five-straight games and 10 of their last 11.
The Roadrunners got off on the right foot, though, when Laurent Dauphin slammed home the game’s opening marker five minutes in. Dauphin, following up on an offensive zone rush, finished Anthony Duclair’s attempt that was initially turned aside by Ontario’s Jack Campbell.
Dauphin’s goal gave the Roadrunners their first lead in five games, dating back to February 3rd, a span of 245:26 minutes.
The Reign answered back to tie the game with just over seven minutes left to play in the first.
Ontario took a 2-1 lead in the final seconds of the middle frame with a shorthanded tally.
The Roadrunners made a valiant effort in the third, but couldn’t find the back of the net. They registered the first eight shots of the final frame.
The Reign upped their lead to two with seven minutes to play, and added an empty-netter with 1:40 left on the clock.
For Tucson, it was just the club’s second regulation loss to Ontario this season. The Roadrunners are now 5-2-1-0 against the Reign, both regulation losses coming on the road at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Adin Hill made 25 saves in the loss. For Hill, it was his first defeat of the season at the hands of the Reign; he came into the evening with a perfect 3-0-0-0 mark against the Kings’ affiliate.
The Roadrunners will continue their season-long six-game road trip Saturday night when they take on the San Diego Gulls at the Valley View Casino Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 8:00 PM MST.
The team returns home to Tucson Arena for a pair of games against the San Jose Barracuda on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25, both of which are slated for 7:05 PM starts. During that weekend, ‘Hockey Weekend Across America’ will be celebrated, and discounted food and drink specials will be featured at both games.