Tucson, Arizona – The Tucson Roadrunners host the Stockton Heat for the first time since February 2020 on Friday night at the Tucson Arena, in a game that included two teams that have won four of their last five. The Roadrunners came back 4-2 to force overtime and eventually went to the penalty shootout, where they won. Tucson keeper Ivan Prosvetov had a memorable night, as he recorded the highest number of saves of his career with 47 for his sixth win of the season.
The Roadrunners scored their first goal of the competition on Friday when the ball bounced off Blake Speers’ bat and into the back of Stockton goalkeeper Adam Werner. Speers’ first goal of the season gave Tucson a 1-0 lead with just 3:16 on target, the fastest goal to start a game for the Roadrunners of the season. Stockton rebounded with a pair of goals less than two minutes apart to take the lead 2-1. The Heat were assisted by a surprise counterattack of their own on the first goal, coming in at 7:47 in the first half. Both teams stood outside the box in the first half, and the score was 2-1 in Stockton’s favor after 20 minutes of play. After scoring just 3:16 in the first half, the Roadrunners were close to hitting the mark in the second half, with a goal in the 3:42 net by Matias Maccelli. The goal marked Maccelli’s seventh lead of the season and tied the game back at two. The game wasn’t over for long as Stockton came back from the other end and took a 1:18 lead later. The score was maintained at 3-2 for just over two minutes, until the Heat extended the lead with a head-to-head score. Stockton teammates Jakob Pelletier and Matthew Phillips scored the Heat’s first four goals, each scoring once per term for the first 40 minutes. Tucson took the lead with the opening goal after their second penalty of the evening, when Hudson Elynuik crossed the edge of the box to let Travis Barron create a chance for Stockton goalkeeper Adam Werner. Barron served, and the Roadrunners led 4-3 with 8:55 to play in the second half. Victor Soderstrom fixed the score for the Roadrunners at just 2:39 while playing in the middle with his first goal of the season. With a four-goal margin, the third half saw both teams increase in intensity early on. Tucson made an early power play when goalkeeper Ivan Prosvetov intervened, but Stockton held on to the penalty. Prosvetov clearly did the job the third half brought, as he shoved all 15 shots aside in the final 20 minutes to force overtime. The Roadrunners came close several times in extra time three on three but failed to happen and needed a penalty shootout to decide the outcome of Friday’s game. Matias Maccelli scored in the first leg of the penalty shootout, but Stockton went on with the score in the first leg of their own. The teams went empty-handed in the second and third rounds, but Terry Broadhurst scored the final goal in the fourth round, and a final save by Prosvetov ensured a 5-4 win for the Roadrunners.
The Roadrunners will once again take part on Saturday night at the Stockton Heat at Tucson Arena, for the team’s Teddy Bear Toss game. The game will also be broadcast live in Southern Arizona on The CW Tucson at 7:00pm MST, with coverage starting at 6:45pm on Fox Sports 1450AM with Roadrunners Warm-Up hosted by Jimmy Peebles. After that, “Voice of the Roadrunners” Adrian Denny will have all the action live from the Tucson Arena.
THEY SAY IT
“Stockton]have a good team and they played a great game tonight. All we have to do [Saturday] is to play the same way. Scoring five goals again would be great, but it won’t be easy. Every team worked hard, they spent as much time as we did. It will be difficult, but we will be ready for it. ”
Roadrunners goalkeeper Ivan Prosvetov on his ability to wipe out the Stockton Heat, Pacific Division leaders with another win Saturday night at the Tucson Arena.
DON’T FIND OUT
COMEBACK CREW – The Roadrunners grabbed their third straight win from behind at home as they beat Stockton Heat 5-4 in a shootout. Tucson are currently 5-1 in their last six games at the Tucson Arena, taking out four different teams (San Diego, Ontario, Abbotsford, Stockton) in that span.
YA GOTTA WATCH IT
Watch the decisive fourth inning of the Tucson Roadrunners’ 5-4 penalty shootout win over the Stockton Heat on Friday night at the Tucson Arena. Terry Broadhurst scored the winning goal for Tucson, and goalkeeper Ivan Prosvetov knocked the Heat out at the other end to seal the victory.
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