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Roadrunners' San Diego streak snapped in Wednesday's 5-2 loss

By: Alexander Kinkopf
 
Photo: San Diego Gulls            
 
The Roadrunners dropped the finale of their season-long six-game road trip on Wednesday night by a 5-2 count, falling to the San Diego Gulls at Pechanga Arena.
 
The loss snapped Tucson’s eight game win streak over the Gulls; the club had not lost to its division rival in over a calendar year, not since February 3, 2018, a span of 382 days.
 
Christian Dvorak, making his season debut as he played his first game with the Roadrunners while on a conditioning assignment from the Arizona Coyotes, finished the evening with two shots registered.
 
“It felt good to play some hockey,” he said. “It’s been a long time, it’s been a long road. I obviously wish we had a better result, but it was nice to be out there.”
 
The Gulls opened the scoring less than two minutes into the contest, Adam Cracknell giving San Diego a 1-0 lead just 1:35 in.
 
Not long after, Hudson Fasching would respond to tie the game, 1-1, when he applied pressure to San Diego’s power play unit, scooping up a mishandled puck to walk in alone on Jeff Glass, beating the Gulls’ netminder to the glove side.
 
 
Fasching’s goal, shorthanded, was his 12th of the campaign, matching his single-season career-high which he set in 2017-18 with the Rochester Americans.
 
San Diego would strike for a pair of special teams goals in a 2:35 span, one on a power play and one shorthanded, to take a 3-1 lead into the second period.
 
The Gulls tacked on another two goals in the second to increase their lead to 5-1.
 
Just over a minute into the third period, Jeremy Gregoire followed up the rebound of a Dakota Mermis point shot to bury his eighth of the season, getting the Roadrunners to within three.
 
 
Gregoire’s goal was his third in six games since coming over from the Milwaukee Admirals in a trade.
 
Despite hurling 14 shots on San Diego’s net during the final 20 minutes, the Roadrunners would inch no closer.
 
Adin Hill stopped 32 of the 37 shots he faced, including a few spectacular saves, but suffered his seventh loss of the year.
 
The Roadrunners will begin a two-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.
 
Photo: San Diego Gulls