After clinching a Calder Cup Playoff berth last Saturday in Iowa, the Roadrunners returned to Tucson for a weekend set with the Grand Rapids Griffins and a chance to lock up home-ice and the Pacific division.
After a scoreless first period, Lawson Crouse got Tucson on the board midway through the second Friday evening, extending his point streak. Early in the third, Ryan MacInnis found the back of the net, doubling the Roadrunners’ lead and extending his point streak as well. Tye McGinn sealed the victory with an empty net goal. Goaltender Adin Hill earned his 4th shutout of the season with his 26-save performance.
With this victory, the Roadrunners clinch home-ice for the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. “It’s tremendous. The fans all year long here have been great. They’ve supported us the entire way,” Crouse said after the game. “Every time we come out there, there’s always an electrifying atmosphere. It’s nice to play in front of.”
Saturday’s matchup got off to a different start from the previous night. With two goals early in the first from Eric Tangradi, Tucson found themselves in a 2-0 hole. Lawson Crouse cut the Griffins lead in half with his 12th goal of the season. Turner Elson found the back of the net less than a minute into the second, recapturing the Griffins’ two-goal lead. Dan Renouf added to once more, chasing goaltender Hunter Miska from the game.
With this loss, the Roadrunners have not won back to back games at home since November 22nd and 24th.
With their magic number to clinch the Pacific division down to one, the Roadrunners next game will be on the road as they head to San Diego to take on the Gulls this evening at 7:00 PST.