The Tucson Roadrunners returned home after a four game road trip to take on the San Diego Gulls and San Jose Barracuda.

With goaltender Hunter Miska being recalled by the Coyotes and Adin Hill still out with injury, Merrick Madsen got the start in net Wednesday night against the Gulls.

After a scoreless first, Tucson got out to a 1-0 lead early in the second on Mario Kempe‘s second of the year. Brayden Burke and David Ullstrom followed that up with goals of their own and the Roadrunners entered the third with a 3-0 lead.

The Gulls began to mount a comeback late in the third, which was quickly put to rest as Tucson found the back of the net twice more. The Roadrunners held on to win 6-3, their seventh straight game against the Gulls, giving goaltender Merrick Madsen his first career AHL win.

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As Friday rolled around, the Roadrunners shifted their attention to the Barracuda. Adam Helewka got Tucson out to an early 1-0 and found the back of the net against his former team once again in the second to make things 3-0. David Ullstrom and Lane Pederson both added to the lead late in the third, giving the Roadrunners a 5-0 win over San Jose.

It was once again a night of firsts for Merrick Madsen, as he recorded his first AHL shutout.

Saturday’s game did not follow the same offensive path as Friday’s. With things still scoreless late in the third, Hudson Fasching scored, giving Tucson a 1-0 lead. This proved to be enough to give the Roadrunners their third straight win and earned Madsen his second shutout in as many nights.

With this win, the Roadrunners move into first place in the Pacific division.

What’s next?

The Roadrunners head to Stockton to take on the Heat, this Friday at 8:00 pm MST.

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