STOCKTON, CA - Tyler Gaudet scored the game-winning goal 2:34 into sudden death overtime as the Tucson Roadrunners beat the Stockton Heat 6-5 on Saturday night to round out the team's inaugural regular season.
Gaudet took a feed from Conor Garland at the far post and put the puck past Stockton goaltender Mason McDonald (26 saves) to give Tucson its third straight win.
Jeremy Morin scored twice for the Roadrunners in the game, while Jalen Smereck scored his first professional goal at 15:39 of the second period. Hunter Fejes and Mark Cooper netted their first AHL points with assists on Smereck's goal as well. Smereck then collected his first pro assist (and multi-point game) with a helper on Garland's third period marker.
The Roadrunners led 4-1 heading into the final frame, but the Heat rallied, scoring four times in the third period and netting three goals in a span of 2:08 starting with less than five minutes to go in regulation.
Tucson will miss the playoffs in its first AHL campaign and ends the season with a record of 29-31-8-0.
- Tucson finished the season series with a 6-1-1 mark against the Heat.
- Jalen Smereck recorded his first pro goal, first pro assist and first pro multi-point game in the win.
- Mark Cooper and Hunter Fejes recorded their first AHL points with assists.
- Chris Mueller finished as the team’s leading scorer, posting 19 goals and 48 assists for 67 points on the season.
- Christian Fischer ended the year leading Tucson in goals with 20.
- Tucson did not have a power play chance in their final game while the Heat finished 1-for-3.