The Tucson Roadrunners continued an all-impressive season start with a 6-3 win over the visiting Colorado Eagles on Tuesday night.
Tucson’s win puts them at 16-5-0-0, continuing to hold a lead for first place in the Pacific Division (and third in the American Hockey League by points percentage).
“I think we’re just battling hard,” forward Hudson Fasching said after the game. “I think games that we’re being successful were... it’s just our battle level, we’re winning pucks in front of the net, clearing pucks out. The couple of games we struggled we were losing those battles...”
Fasching, who didn’t have the greatest start to the season, has been continuing a very impressive last couple of weeks, scoring twice on Tuesday, and it believed his season turned around from a single moment this season.
“Yeah my tooth just fell out,” Fasching joked. “I just had a bad tooth and I’m good to go now.”
“Seriously, I don’t really know, I think it just takes time. It’s a game of streaks. I started out the year, and didn’t have much going the first eight to 12 games and sometimes it just comes in waves.”
The win didn’t come easy for the Roadrunners, however. Although holding 2-0 lead after the first period, the Eagles would score thrice in the second, matching Tucson’s goals to keep it close through the next 20 minutes.
“It speaks to the growth of the team a little bit,” Fasching said on the back-and-forth battle “As the season goes on, you hope you learn, and I think that’s evidence that we are learning. We’re getting better, adapting to getting scored on, and bouncing back and understanding the mindset we have to have to be successful.”
Goaltender Ivan Prosvetov would shut the doors on the net for the remainder of the game — saving all of Colorado’s 21 third period shots — while the Roadrunners continued to score.
Quite possibly the craziest highlight of the night was what would end up being the game-winning goal — credited to Lane Pederson — late in the second period. Pederson took a shot from the left face-off circle that goes high, and takes some odd deflection to find the back of the net.
The play prompted a bit of further discussion from the game’s officials who may have seen a deflecting high-touch from Michael Bunting, which would have invalidated the goal, but they ultimately decided it would stand.
Tucson will face Colorado once more on Wednesday night, with a likely match-up between Adin Hill and former Roadrunner, Hunter Miska between the pipes. Puck drop on Wednesday is set for 7:05pm.