BALANCED ATTACK PROPELS SAN JOSE PAST TUCSONDec 12, 2017
TUCSON, ARIZ. - The San Jose Barracuda (10-10-0-1) scored in each period on Tuesday night at the Tucson Convention Center, and held on for a 3-2 win over the Tucson Roadrunners (12-6-2-1) to even the season series at 1-1.
The Roadrunners took an early lead just two minutes and 13 seconds into the contest as Lane Pederson crossed a feed to Jens Looke (4) who redirected the pass inside the far post. After failing to score on a 5-on-3 power play, San Jose evened the score at full strength on Tim Clifton's first pro goal. Clifton's initial rush was denied by Hunter Miska, but the rookie forward was able to backhand the rebound into the open net after Miska was dragged out of position.
In the second, Jon Martin (2) captured San Jose's first lead at 2:34 by banging home a below the goal line pass from Emerson Clark from atop the crease. Tucson's Mario Kempe(2) tied the game at 2-2 with a tip from a right-point shot off the stick the of Kyle Wood at 11:39.
In the final period, knotted at 2-2, San Jose recaptured the lead on its fourth power play as Jeremy Roy snapped a shot from the point and Alex True (4) redirected the shot through Miska's five-hole. Antoine Bibeau would steer away all seven Tucson third-period shots to preserve the win.
Bibeau (7-5-0) earned the win by making 23 saves on 25 shots, while Miska (7-2-0) suffered the defeat after allowing three goals on 27 saves.