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Roadrunners drop regular season finale, fail to make playoffs

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A two-goal deficit at the second intermission proved too much, as Tucson’s season comes to an end.

Photo Courtesy of Tucson Roadrunners

The Tucson Roadrunners needed just one point on the night of their regular season finale to clinch a spot in the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs. It didn’t happen. They finish the regular season with a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Gulls.

Despite a magnificent run down the stretch that brought Tucson’s chances from bleak to bright. Three regulation losses in the final four games of the season would prove to give Tucson the bitter end to the season it had hoped to avoid.

“It definitely stings,” captain Dakota Mermis said. “All of us definitely thought we’d be playing next weekend. We definitely had our push and to come up one goal short, it stings.”

Tucson tried as best they could to stay in the game against their opponents, including heavily out-shooting them 38-20 throughout the game, and scoring two goals late in the third period to bring it to a one goal game; But unfortunately, it was not enough as Tucson ended up leaving the ice empty handed.

“One goal short is about as close it is gets,” Mermis added, “But if you look back, there’s a lot of moments where we had to make a push and we did.”

Conor Garland was once again one of the major difference makers in Saturday night’s losing affair. Garland would be the one to score two unanswered goals late in the third period to bring the game within one. And as a player who was part of the Coyotes playoff push last week, to him he says it hurts to be disappointing again.

“It was obviously a fun year for me, to fulfill my dream in the NHL,” Garland said. “But to miss out on two playoff chances in a matter of a week, is something I will carry into the summer.”

With the Roadrunners season over the Arizona Coyotes organization looks to it’s full off-season and focus on its 2019-2020 campaign.