It was Cal’s day on Saturday night as the keeper made 36 saves leading the Ontario Reign to a 5-2 victory against the Tucson Roadrunners. Playing in the second of back-to-back games Cal had an impressive weekend allowing three goals on 77 shots.
Ontario broke the ice in the first frame thanks to Tyler Madden who found the back of the net for his 11th of the season just moments after Tucson rang one off the iron. Five minutes later, the Roadrunners tied the game at one after they were able to sneak one through Petersen. However, the Reign responded with a pair of goals before the period came to an end. Samuel Fagemo gave the lead back to Ontario as his wrist shot beat the glove of the Roadrunners’ netminder Tyler Parks. Moments later, Martin Chromiak fed a pass to Alex Turcotte who rifled it home, extending the Reign’s lead to two.
After a wild and entertaining first period, no one was able to find the back of the net in the second period, yet each team had a few good looks. Petersen made a huge save in the middle period, denying a breakaway chance for Michael Carcone, who leads the AHL in scoring.
In the third and final stanza Ontario’s penalty kill units went to work, shutting down a 5-on-3 power play for Tucson. Late in the third the Roadrunners found a way to beat Petersen to get within one on a goal by Jean-Sebastian Dea. The Reign were able to seal the game when T.J. Tynan and Madden each scored an empty net goal.
Reign captain and back-to-back AHL MVP, Tynan totaled his 500th career point after he fired one into the vacant net.
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