Roadrunners' lengthy trip ends with a 4-2 loss to San Jose
By: Alexander Kinkopf
February 14, 2018 9:59 PM
An impressive trek regardless, the Roadrunners couldn’t cap their six-game, 13-day tour with a win Wednesday night, falling to the San Jose Barracuda by a 4-2 count at the SAP Center.
The team finished its longest regular season stretch away from Tucson with a 4-2-0-0 record, pocketing eight of a possible 12 standings points.
Tied entering the final frame, the Roadrunners suffered just their third regulation loss of the campaign when heading into the last 20 minutes even on the scoreboard.
Hunter Miska put forth yet another dependable performance, turning away a handful of San Jose odd-man rushes throughout the night, highlighting his 22-save total in what was just his second road loss of the season.
The Roadrunners were first to find the net, Mike Sislo registering his 15th goal of the season with 8:37 left to play in the first period.
Sislo received a phenomenal cross-ice feed from Lawson Crouse from just inside the blue-line, and moving in full stride, beat San Jose’s Troy Grosenick with a wrist shot to the far side.
Sislo now has points in 16 of the team’s last 20 games.
The Barracuda got on the board when Emerson Clark tied the game 1-1 with 2:23 left in the first.
Lane Pederson reclaimed a lead for the Roadrunners on a power play midway through the second, firing a one-timed missile past Grosenick from the top of the right circle, set-up beautifully by Kyle Capobianco.
Pederson’s goal, his eighth of the season, was his second in three games.
San Jose’s Rudolfs Balcers tied the game 2-2 just over a minute after Pederson’s marker.
The Roadrunners entered the evening with a 10-2-1-0 record when tied after two periods. That trend didn’t stick Wednesday night, San Jose scoring twice in the third to secure a 4-2 win.
Now with a 27-15-2-1 record, which translates into a .633 win percentage, the Roadrunners continue to hold first place in the Pacific Division as they return home to Tucson.
The team begins a four-game home stand Saturday night when they host the Bakersfield Condors at Tucson Arena, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 7:05 PM.