TUCSON, AZ - Brendan Perlini scored twice for the Tucson Roadrunners but it wasn't enough as the Stockton Heat came from behind to win 3-2 on Saturday night at Tucson Arena.
Perlini started the scoring at 11:23 when he batted the puck out of midair for a power play goal. Kyle Wood and Jamie McBain collected the assists on the goal.
In the second Tucson doubled the lead on Perlini's 10th goal of the season at 4:44 as Eric Selleck sent him in on a breakaway to beat Jon Gillies (25 saves) low stick side. Wood picked up his second assist of the night on the goal.
From there, Stockton mounted its comeback. Mikkel Aagaard started the scoring at 12:17 to make it 2-1 before the end of the second period, and at 4:18 of the third Rasmus Andersson knotted the game on a wrist shot from the right wing.
Late in the period, Linden Vey scored off a feed from Andrew Mangiapane at 18:02, beating a diving Adin Hill (28 saves) for the game-winning goal.
The same two teams rematch tomorrow afternoon at 4:05 pm.
• Tonight was Tucson's first regulation loss at home, and the first since opening night at San Diego on October 14
• Brendan Perlini now leads all rookies in goals with 10 and power play goals with six
• The loss was also Adin Hill's first regulation loss this season
• Tucson went 1-for-5 on the Power Play while Stockton was 1-for-3