The Tucson Roadrunners (22-11-3-1; .649 pct) defeated the Texas Stars (21-15-3-2; .573 pct) by a score of 6-3 on Monday afternoon.
The Roadrunners are on one of their most gruesome series of the season. Monday afternoon began their first of four home games in less than a week. Tucson had just returned from a Friday-Saturday series in Colorado this past weekend, to make it 6 games in just 9 days.
“(Texas) was in the same position tonight, on a long road trip too,” Roadrunners defenseman Kyle Capobianco said after the game. “And your body recovers, we took the day off yesterday to travel, so we felt pretty good.”
To top it all off, defenseman Kyle Capobianco is set to make an appearance at the AHL All-Star Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts on Sunday and Monday.
Despite the saturation of games this week, the Roadrunners did not hold back on enacting revenge against the team that eliminated them from the Calder Cup Playoffs last year.
Monday’s game began slow, with the only goal moving in favor of Texas just 3:14 into the first period. The pace would completely change in the second period, however.
Kyle Capobianco would be the one to tie it for the Roadrunners just 2:53 into the second, and soon began the back-and-forth action of the period. It was a story of “My goal, then yours” in the period as Texas would have an answer for every Tucson goal.
The last goal of the second period was in favor of Tucson, with Lane Pederson scoring at 16:38 to make the score 3-3. From that moment on, Tucson would take control of the game. Hudson Fasching, Capobianco, and David Ullstrom would all score in the third period giving the Roadrunners a wide open 6-3 win.
The Roadrunners return to action on Wednesday night, hosting the same Texas team, before hosting the Bakersfield Condors on Friday and Saturday.