A crucial two points earned in Saturday night's 2-1 victory
By: Alex Kinkopf
March 04, 2017 9:11 PM
The Roadrunners snapped a five-game losing streak and won their first-ever game at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Saturday night’s 2-1 victory over the Ontario Reign.
Adin Hill, who got the call in net, made a series of phenomenal stops in a scoreless opening frame en route to a 29-save performance.
Just past the five-minute mark of the second, while working on their third power play of the evening, Zbynek Michalek struck for his fifth goal of the season to give the Roadrunners a 1-0 lead.
Michalek, pinching in on a scrum in front of Ontario’s net, intercepted a Reign clearing attempt and one-timed a puck home past an out-of-position Jeff Zatkoff.
Five minutes later, Mitch Moroz gave the Roadrunners a 2-0 lead when he skated into a Jamie McBain pass while driving to the net, scoring his second goal in a Tucson uniform.
Ontario fired away in the third for 16 shots during the final frame. Brett Sutter cashed-in on one of those shots, beating Adin Hill for the Reign’s only goal of the evening with 12:40 left in regulation.
With the win, the Roadrunners remain at fifth-place in the Pacific Division, just behind the Bakersfield Condors for the final playoff spot in the grouping.
The Roadrunners will continue their five-game road trip next Friday 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 club returns home to Tucson Arena for a pair of games against the Bakersfield Condors on Friday, March 17 and Saturday March 18. Friday’s game will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, while Saturday’s contest will feature ‘Cancer Awareness Night’.