Roadrunners rally for a humongous victory Saturday in Ontario
By: Alexander Kinkopf
March 11, 2017 9:14 PM
The Roadrunners’ offense got things rolling early on, but it was ultimately Marek Langhamer’s 50-save performance that catapulted the club to a 5-4 victory over the Ontario Reign Saturday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Langhamer’s 50 saves is a team record, surpassing Adin Hill’s previous franchise-high of 44.
Jamie McBain got the Roadrunners on the board just over five minutes into the night when he beat Ontario’s Jeff Zatkoff with a backhand shot during the team’s first power play of the game.
Brett Sutter tied the game for the Reign midway through the first.
The Roadrunners struck on the power play yet again when Laurent Dauphin jammed home a loose puck in front of Ontario’s net to give Tucson a 2-1 lead.
Zbynek Michalek struck for the Roadrunners’ third goal of the opening frame when he powered home a slap shot from the point, walking in on an unattended puck that drifted high into the zone from behind the net.
With just over six minutes left to play in the second, Ontario cut into the Roadrunners’ lead when Patrick Bjorkstrand’s goal got the Reign back to within one.
In the late stages of the second, Jeremy Morin buried his first goal in a Roadrunners uniform when he skated into a Laurent Dauphin lead-pass, walking in alone on Ontario’s Zatkoff.
Midway through the final period, Ontario got back to within a goal via a goal off the stick of Sam Herr.
Less than two minutes later, and with 8:18 left to play in regulation, Grayson Downing netted his first goal with the Roadrunners, giving Tucson a 5-3 lead, when he finished a two-on-one zone entry with Jeremy Morin, jamming home the rebound from Morin’s shot.
Vincent LoVerde scored with 54 seconds left to play while Jeff Zatkoff was pulled from Ontario’s net.
With the win, the Roadrunners remain at sixth-place in the Pacific Division.
The Roadrunners will complete their five-game road trip Sunday afternoon in a rematch with the Ontario Reign at Citizens Business Bank Arena, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 4:00 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’.