Four-Goal Third Period Launches Eagles to 5-1 Win over Tucson
LOVELAND, CO. - The Colorado Eagles scored four unanswered goals in the third period to complete a two-game sweep of the Tucson Roadrunners in a 5-1 victory on Saturday. Forwards A.J. Greer, Martin Kaut and Andrew Agozzino each registered multi-point efforts in the win, while Eagles goalie Pavel Francouz turned aside 25 of the 26 shots he faced in the contest.
Colorado would claim the early advantage as Kaut drove through the left-wing circle before centering a pass into the slot where Greer would direct the puck into the back of the net with 4:31 left in the period. The goal gave the Eagles a 1-0 edge, which they would carry into the first intermission.
The second period would see an Eagles turnover prove costly, as the ensuing 2-on-1 rush would culminate in Tucson forward Brayden Burke beating Francouz from the bottom of the left circle to tie the game at 1-1 at the 7:54 mark of the middle frame. The goal was Burke's first professional tally and would serve as the lone goal of the period.
Knotted up at 1-1 at the start of the third period, Colorado would blow things open in the final frame. Agozzino would start the scoring when he snagged a rebound at the bottom of the left circle and fed it into the back of the net to give the Eagles the 2-1 advantage at the 5:45 mark of the period.
Less than four minutes later, Kaut would rip a shot from the slot on a breakaway past Tucson goalie Hunter Miska to make it a 3-1 Colorado advantage with 10:57 left in regulation.
An Eagles power play would then set up forward Logan O'Connor to drive down the right wing before slicing through the low-slot and backhanding the puck into the net to stretch Colorado's lead to 4-1 at the 11:01 mark of the final frame. The goal would also signal the end of the night for Miska, who would give way to Merrick Madsen in net for the duration
Tucson would earn a full, two-minute 5-on-3 power play, but the Eagles penalty kill would slam the door and keep it a 4-1 Colorado advantage.
Forward Scott Kosmachuk capped off the scoring with a wrist shot from between the circles that would beat Madsen and give the Eagles a 5-1 lead with 5:15 left to play in the contest. Colorado would put the clamps down defensively to finish off the 5-1 victory, which now vaults the Eagles into second place in the Pacific Division.
The Eagles finished the night going 1-for-7 on the power play, while shutting down all five of the Roadrunners chances on the man-advantage.
The Eagles return to action on Friday, November 9th when they travel to San Diego to take on the San Diego Gulls at the Valley View Casino Center in at 8:00pm MT.
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