SAN JOSE, CA - Chris Mueller stayed hot, scoring the overtime game-winning goal to cap a three-goal rally by the Tucson Roadrunners in a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Barracuda Thursday night.
After a back-and-forth flurry to open the overtime period, Mueller drove the length of the ice down the left wing side and cut in towards Barracuda goaltender Troy Groesnick (21 saves).
Groesnick managed to stop the first shot but Mueller continued through the goalmouth, potting his own rebound 50 seconds into the extra session for the game winner. After a referee conference and video review, the goal stood.
Tucson came barreling back late in the third period from a 3-1 deficit. With 3:59 to go in the third period Jeremy Morin scored off a rebound to the right of the San Jose net to close the gap to 3-2, and then Jamie McBain would tie the game with 40 seconds remaining in regulation and Adin Hill (24 saves) on the bench for a sixth attacker.
McBain took a pass at the left point and moved to his right across the blueline, opening up a shooting lane and beating Groesnick with a wrist shot to force overtime.
Tyler Gaudet also scored in the game for Tucson, which won for the second straight time against the Barracuda in San Jose.
Tucson will now wrap up the regular season on Saturday night in Stockton against the Heat at 7:30 p.m.
- The loss was just the second time all season the Barracuda has lost when leading after two periods of play (34-0-2-0).
- Tucson won the last three games of the season series to finish 3-5 against San Jose this season.
- Mueller now has points in four straight games and seven of his last eight, posting six goals and eight assists for 14 points in that span.
- Tucson finished the game 0-for-5 on the power play while San Jose coverted 2-for-5.