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RoadRunners Fry Salmon Kings 3-2

November 21, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - Phoenix RoadRunners News Release

Phoenix, Ariz. - Peter Trovato scored the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal 1:13 into the third period and goaltender Mike Mole earned his first professional victory as the Phoenix RoadRunners snapped an eight game winless streak by defeating the Victoria Salmon Kings 3-2 before 3,243 at America West Arena in ECHL action Monday.

After a scoreless first period, Victoria (5-9-1) struck first when Dustan Heintz collected the loose puck in the front of the net and slapped it past RoadRunners goaltender Mike Mole at 5:41 of the second for a 1-0 lead. Chad Dameworth extended the lead to 2-0 when his slap shot from the left point beat a screened Mole to the glove side at 9:17. Phoenix (4-8-2) would respond just 1:43 later when off a turnover behind the cage, Dean Tiltgen fed Shawn Snider who's first shot was denied by goaltender BJ Boxma, but Snider pushed his rebound off Boxma's mask and into the net at 11:00 of the second frame to cut the deficit to 2-1. The RoadRunners would net the equalizer at 15:35 of the period when BJ Gaustad stripped a Victoria defenseman of the puck, broke in alone on Boxma, and beat the Salmon Kings net-minder with a backhand shot off the glove to tie the score at 2-2.

Trovato gave the RoadRunners the lead for good when he pushed in Cory Pecker's rebound past Boxma with Phoenix shorthanded just 1:13 into the third period.

Victoria out-shot Phoenix 26-19. Mole stopped 24 shots to improve to 1-6-2 on the season. The RoadRunners went 0-3 on the power play while holding the Salmon Kings to 0-6 on the man-advantage.

Notes: Phoenix's win was their first since a 7-1 thrashing of the San Diego Gulls on October 29...Trovato's goal gave the RoadRunners their first lead in a game going back to the 15:39 mark of the second period against Long Beach on November 9...Defenseman Ed Hill came off the seven-day injured reserve prior to tonight's game. He was replaced by center Jason Deskins who went on the 7-day IR retroactive to last Friday.

Phoenix will host "Turn Back the Clock Night" at 7:11PM on Saturday, November 26 against the Long Beach Ice Dogs. The RoadRunners will wear vintage sweaters from the 1977-78 season when they captured the Pacific Hockey League Championship. These jerseys will be auctioned off following the game. It's also the second of six "Past Great Nights" at America West Arena as the RoadRunners honor former International Hockey League star and team broadcaster Darren Veitch. Fans will receive a commemorative Darren Veitch pint glass upon exiting the arena. In addition, the Stanley Cup, hockey's most prestigious trophy, will be on display at AWA as part of its 20 city ECHL tour to help raise money and awareness for the hurricane relief efforts. Proceeds benefit charities assisting in hurricane relief efforts including, but not limited to, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and the United Way. The Tour is another addition to the National Hockey League's charitable efforts which have included a joint donation with the NHL Players' Association of $1 million to the Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief.

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