Roadrunners sweep weekend series with Abbotsford Canucks

Tucson’s prolific weekend pushed the team above .500 for the season


James Mackey

The Roadrunners won both games against Abbotsford at the Tucson Convention Center Arena.

After a weekend split with the Iowa Wild, the Tucson Roadrunners returned home for a duel in the desert with the Abbotsford Canucks.

Friday’s game opened with an early Canucks goal. Will Lockwood needed only 67 seconds to kick off the scoring, but the Roadrunners had an answer seven minutes later.

Michael Carcone tied the score before Hudson Elynuik gave Tucson its first lead. Matias Maccelli‘s fifth goal at 11:39 of the first solidified Tucson’s advantage.

The middle frame did not feature any scoring, but in the final stanza, Maccelli assisted Carcone’s second goal of the evening. The Roadrunners skated to a 4-1 win to begin the quick two-game set.

Saturday’s tilt was a high scoring affair for both teams.

Lockwood, again, opened the scoring early for the Canucks with a power play goal, but as they did on Friday, the Roadrunners struck back forcefully.

Maccelli tied the game halfway into the period, and Bokondji Imama‘s goal ave Tucson the advantage. The third goal saw Maccelli net another point, an assist, for Cameron Hebig.

Abbotsford had a mighty response and scored the game’s next three goals. Sheldon Dries landed on the score sheet moments before the first period ended. Jarid Lukosevicius tied the game at 3-3, and Jett Woo restored the visitors’ lead at 13:22 of the second.

Two more late goals emerged in the third period, and Tucson would grab both to complete the comeback. After Hebig, Maccelli, and Moser all connected for the game-tying goal, Moser went on to score the winner with 51 seconds remaining in regulation. Maccelli and Jan Jenik were credited with the assists, as Zane McIntyre won his second game in as many starts as a Roadrunner.

The Roadrunners exit the weekend one game over .500 at 7-6-1. They open December in Loveland, Colorado, where they will take on the Eagles on the 3rd and 4th.