Roadrunners attempt to tackle mystery of record 0.500 with two-game streak in Iowa | Roadrunners





Matias Maccelli, right, had a hat trick last week against Ontario. The Roadrunners face another top-tier team this weekend when they visit Iowa.


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The Tucson Roadrunners are within a hair’s breadth of 0.500 as they head into this weekend’s two games against the Iowa Wild.

Even yet, no team has had more success so far against the top Western Conference teams of the American Hockey League in the first five weeks of the season.

On opening night, the Roadrunners beat host Stockton in overtime, 1-0. In 11 games, the Heat (9-0-2-0) is one of only two AHL teams not to lose in regulation time.

And last weekend, the Roadrunners lost eight to Ontario (10-1-0-1) – who were previously undefeated in regulation – in a resounding victory at Tucson Arena.

With victories over the top two teams in the Western Conference, the Roadrunners (4-5-1-0) would be entitled to a break this weekend, right?

Not enough. The Wild (7-3-1-0) finished tied last weekend for the third best conference record.

For Tucson head coach Jay Varady, it’s not enough to beat the best in the AHL on occasion.

“Are we better than a .500 team or not?” The standings tell us we’re not right now, ”Varady said. “So we have to do something more. We have to find the next step.

“I think everyone in our locker room wants more. We want more from our team record.