Roadrunners Take Game 1 in Overtime, 2-1May 2, 2018
TUCSON, Ariz. - Michael Bunting's second of the night sent everyone home as the Tucson Roadrunners took Game 1 in overtime with a 2-1 win over the Texas Stars to open up the Pacific Division Finals on Wednesday at Tucson Arena.
Bunting beat Mike McKenna of the Stars with a slap shot from the left circle on an odd-man rush for his third of the playoffs to end the game. He also scored Tucson's first of the game while Brian Flynn provided the Stars' only offense on the night.
Game 2 will be Friday at 9:05 p.m. CST in Tucson with the Roadrunners leading the best-of-seven series, 1-0.
McKenna finished 34 of 36 in the loss while Tucson's Adin Hill earned the win with 23 saves. Both goaltender entered the series on long shutout streaks. McKenna's ended at 166:05. Hill's finished at 168:48.
After a scoreless opening period, Mike Sislo's shot from the left circle set up a rebound chance for Bunting to tap home his second of the playoffs with 6:20 remaining in the second.
The Stars equilized things with 3:35 remaining in regulation as Flynn tipped Travis Morin's slap pass from the right-wing boards past Hill for his third of the postseason.
Texas finished 1-for-2 on the power play. Tucson was 1-for-5
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