TUCSON, AZ - Laurent Dauphin netted a shorthanded marker and Dakota Mermis scored his first goal of the year to help the Roadrunners erase a two-goal deficit and claim an overtime point against the Ontario Reign on Wednesday night at Tucson Arena.
Trailing 2-0 in the third period, the Roadrunners came to life on Dauphin's shorthanded goal at 5:46 of the third when he stripped a Reign defender at center and walked in on goaltender Jack Campbell (35 saves) beating him over the right pad to cut the lead in half.
Then with 4:42 left in the third period, Tucson tied the game when Dakota Mermis tapped home the rebound of a Ryan MacInnis shot that rattled off the goal post for his first goal of the season.
In overtime, the Roadrunners had a few solid scoring chances but Teddy Purcell scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway at 2:18 after a turnover by the Reign blueline for a 3-2 final.
- The same two teams go back at it Friday night at 7:05 pm for Teddy Bear Toss, presented by News 4 Tucson, iHeart Media and Aviva Children’s Services
- Dakota Mermis’ goal was his first of the season and first as a Roadrunner
- Dauphin’s goal was his first as a Roadrunner in his first game with the team
- The Roadrunners entered the night as the second-best team in the AHL on the Power Play but finished 0-for-4. The Reign also finished 0-for-4 on the night.