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Reign power play opens up, Roadrunners rally in third period for 5-2 win

By in Press Enterprise on December 6, 2017

By news service reports

Forward Matt Luff and defenseman Zac Leslie struck on the power play in the second period, but the Tucson Roadrunners scored three goals in the first 5:32 of the third period to defeat the Ontario Reign 5-2 Tuesday night at Tucson Arena.

Tucson controlled the first period from the opening faceoff and took a 2-0 lead into the intermission. Forward Jens Looke made it 1-0 on the power play at 10:45. Late in the frame, Mike Sislo gave the Roadrunners a two-goal lead with a 5-on-3 power play tally at 19:40. The Roadrunners out-shot the Reign 12-5 in the frame.

In the second period, the Reign fought back and netted a power-play goal of their own as Matt Luff buries a T.J. Hensick rebound at 11:13. Brett Sutter picked up the second assist.

Reign defenseman Zac Leslie reset the contest on the man advantage at 15:34, blasting a shot past Roadrunners goalie Adin Hill. Matt Luff and Sutter grab assists.

The Roadrunners started the third period with a bang as Tyler Gaudet capitalizes 36 seconds into the frame. Moments later, Dysin Mayo made it 4-2, deflecting in his first goal of the season at 2:19. Adversity continued to mount against the Reign as Nick Merkley buried his 12 goal of the season at 5:32.

Reign goalie Cal Petersen suffered the loss, making 23 saves.

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