The American Hockey League and its board of governors made the very difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and Calder Cup playoffs. While it is extremely disappointing to see this incredible season come to its conclusion, the Colorado Eagles fully support this measure to protect the health of the team, its staff and its incredible fans.
LOVELAND, CO. – Tucson jumped out to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes and never looked back, as the Roadrunners defeated the Colorado Eagles 5-2 on Wednesday. The loss puts an end to the Eagles five-game winning streak, as forward Tim McGauley and defenseman Jacob MacDonald each netted a goal in the losing effort. Colorado goaltender Hunter Miska suffered his first defeat in seven starts, allowing five goals on 29 shots.
Colorado opened the scoring when McGauley grabbed a pass in the right-wing circle and snapped a shot past Tucson goalie Ivan Prosvetov to give the Eagles a 1-0 edge just 2:39 into the contest.
The Roadrunners would tie things up on the first of two 5-on-3 power plays that they would be awarded in the first period, as forward Brayden Burke fired a wrister from the left-wing circle that would light the lamp and even the score at 1-1 at the 4:57 mark of the opening stanza.
Tucson would grab its first lead of the evening when forward Michael Bunting settled a rebound in the slot and fed the puck past Miska to put the Roadrunners on top 2-1 with 10:00 remaining in the first period.
Another 5-on-3 power play would lead to a bevy of chances for Tucson and as time expired on the man-advantage, defenseman Kyle Capobianco would bury a shot from the left-wing circle to stretch the Roadrunners advantage to 3-1 with 1:08 remaining in the opening 20 minutes of play.
The Eagles would start of the second period on the right note, as MacDonald collected the puck off the faceoff and buried a shot from the left-wing circle to trim Tucson’s lead to 3-2 at the 1:11 mark.
The Roadrunners would reclaim their two-goal advantage when Capobianco fired a cross-slot pass that would be popped into the back of the net by forward Andy Miele. The tally would put Tucson on top 4-2 with 5:31 left to play in the middle frame.
Colorado would outshoot the Roadrunners 15-6 in the third period, but it would be Tucson who would score the lone goal of the period when defenseman Jordan Gross deflected a puck that would loft high into the air and over the shoulder of Miska to give the Roadrunners a 5-2 lead at the 8:16 mark of the final stanza.
The Eagles outshot Tucson 33-29, as Colorado went 0-for-5 on the power play while the Roadrunners connected for one goal on seven opportunities on the man-advantage.
The Eagles return to action when they travel to take on the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday, February 15th at 8:00pm MT at Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, California.
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