Roadrunners, Eagles trade victories in Colorado

The Coyotes’ AHL affiliate played a back-to-back in Loveland, Colorado over the weekend


James Mackey

The Roadrunners, pictured here at Tucson Convention Center Arena, beat the Colorado Eagles on Friday night but lost the second game Saturday.

The Tucson Roadrunners rode a three-game winning streak north to Colorado, to face the NHL Avalanche-affiliated Eagles for a two-game set at the Budweiser Events Center.

Ivan Prosvetov started Friday night’s opening game, and the goaltender was staked to a 3-0 lead in the opening period. Hudson Elyniuk got the Roadrunners on the board early, less than seven minutes into the game, and Janis Moser tallied his fifth on the season on the power play at the 12:26 mark. Team assists leader Matias Maccelli and Jan Jenik tallied the helpers on Moser’s goal.

Ben McCartney then notched another goal with 34 seconds left in the first period as Tucson built a comfortable early lead. Michael Carcone and Victor Soderstrom assisted on his power play strike.

After a scoreless second period, Martin Kaut beat Prosvetov with 3:34 left in the final period. But Elyniuk got the goal back, nabbing an empty-netter with six seconds remaining.

Prosvetov got another start on Saturday, but Tucson’s winning run came to an end.

The Eagles came out flying in the opening 20 minutes, outshooting the Roadrunners 17-5. It was Rob Hamilton who broke the deadlock 6:47 into the second period, and Kiefer Sherwood doubled the home team’s advantage with a power play goal only 24 seconds later.

Roland McKeown added on at the 15:40 mark, scoring his second goal this season, before Kaut’s second goal in as many games forced Tucson into a goalie change. Josef Korenar replaced Prosvetov, but the Rodrunners did not experience a reversal in fortunes on the night.

The Roadrunners return to the Valley for two games with the Stockton Heat on Dec. 9 and 10.