After a successful California road trip, the Roadrunners took three of four points from the Barracuda in their midweek set.
Tucson got out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period Tuesday night with a goal from Conor Garland, playing in his 100th career AHL game. Lane Peterson added to the Roadrunners’ lead, making things 2-0 in the first. Mario Kempe made things 3-0 early in the second period, chasing Barracuda goaltender Antoine Bibeau from the game. The Roadrunners struck once more as Michael Bunting made things 4-0. Adin Hill earned his third shutout of the season.
“I thought we just played an all-around good team game,” Hill said after the game, “Our d-men made it easy on me. They boxed guys out, cleared the lanes, I saw everything tonight so that was nice.”
San Jose struck first with two early goals in the first period Wednesday. Mike Sislo cut the lead in half with his 23rd goal of the season but San Jose regained the two goal lead a little over five minutes later, making it 3-1 Barracuda. Joel Hanley got Tucson within one with his first goal of the season at the start of the third and with the goalie pulled and a little over a minute remaining, Carter Camper evened things up at 3-3, sending this game to over time. Tucson couldn’t quite pull off the comeback, falling in overtime 4-3.
With the win and overtime loss, the Roadrunners magic number to clinch a playoff berth is down to 11.
The Roadrunners head to Bakersfield to take on the Condors Saturday at 7:00pm PST.