Tucson forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage, who had one of the Roadrunners’ best scoring chances early on when he went nearly one-on-one with Henderson goaltender Logan Thompson, said it’s just “the reality of the game” when a team plays well but can’t muster anything against a hot goaltender.
“It’s funny. It’s a long game, and one goal can swing a result entirely,” Zerter-Gossage said. “In this game, we just weren’t able to score. He’s a good goalie. We had good chances.”
Thompson, the AHL’s reigning goaltender of the year, stopped all 36 Tucson shots he faced to outduel Roadrunners’ netminder Zane McIntyre. The win marked Thompson’s second shutout of the season.
“We pushed. We had chances,” Varady said. “I thought their goaltender was outstanding tonight.”
McIntyre, making his third start for Tucson, was almost as good during those first 52 minutes.
In his first start since Nov.27 – McIntyre became the first Tucson goaltender not named Ivan Prosvetov to start a game in net this month – he stopped 20 of the first 21 shots he faced before finishing 23 of 26.
Tucson now regroups as it hits the road for a three-game trek beginning Saturday in Southern California against the Ontario Reign at 7 p.m. After that lone matchup – that’s the first time all season the Roadrunners won’t see a team twice in two or three nights – Tucson makes its first trip north of the border this season to visit the Abbotsford Canucks on Dec. 22-23.