Neat and complete; Roadrunners rout Reign
By: Alexander Kinkopf
December 16, 2017 9:50 PM
Complete. That word may not do it justice, though.
From top to bottom, from goaltending to the forecheck, the Roadrunners strung together one of their most solid performances of the season in knocking off the Ontario Reign by a 6-1 score Saturday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
And boy, did they need it. The victory snapped the club’s three-game losing streak.
Adin Hill got the nod for his second straight start and his 10th of the season, and was solid from the get-go, turning away the first 22 shots he faced.
The Roadrunners provided early offensive support with a goal in each of the opening two periods of play.
At the 12:16 mark of the first, Ryan MacInnis corralled a Kyle Wood pass as he drove to the net and snuck the puck past Ontario’s Jack Campbell to score his third goal of the season and to give the Roadrunners a 1-0 lead.
Just over seven minutes into the second, Mike Sislo tucked home his eighth goal of the season when he got a stick on an Adam Clendening shot that caromed off of the back-boards, giving the Roadrunners a 2-0 lead.
The Reign finally beat Adin Hill on their 23rd shot of the evening, cutting the Roadrunners’ lead in half 2:37 into the third.
Then, the floodgates opened. Tucson went on a tear for four unanswered goals to close out the night.
Emerson Etem jammed home his fourth goal of the season on a nifty wraparound move shortly after Ontario got on the board to give the Roadrunners a 3-1 lead.
Later on Tyler Guadet received a stretch pass from Dakota Mermis in the neutral zone, fled into Ontario territory, driving to the right side and beating Jack Campbell high with a backhand shot.
Tye McGinn gave the Roadrunners a 5-1 lead two minutes later, scoring his first goal in a Roadrunners uniform.
Tyler Gaudet added his second of the game with 6:31 left to play, spinning and shooting from high in the slot, wiring a shot through traffic to score the club’s sixth and final goal of the evening.
12 different players recorded at least one point for the Roadrunners – a team record.
The club registered 52 shots on goal, shattering the old franchise record of 42, set on November 10, 2017 against Bakersfield.
Now with a 13-7-2-1 record, good for a .630 win percentage, the team is currently situated at second place in the Pacific Division.
The Roadrunners now return for a two-game home stand, which begins Friday night when they host the Stockton Heat at Tucson Arena, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 7:05 PM.