Facing elimination after a 5-1 loss in Game 1, the Tucson Roadrunners bounced back and defeated Coachella Valley, 4-3, in Game 2 at Acrisure Arena on Friday night.
The best-of-three series will be decided on Sunday afternoon in Palm Desert (6 ET/3 PT).
Michael Carcone, the AHL’s regular-season scoring champion, led the Roadrunners with two goals and an assist in Game 2. Colin Theisen and Milos Kelemen also scored and Jan Jenik recorded a pair of assists.
Ivan Prosvetov (1-1) made 35 saves, holding off the Firebirds as they scored twice in the third period to cut into a 4-1 deficit.
Pacific Division First Round (best-of-3)
P2-Coachella Valley Firebirds vs. P7-Tucson Roadrunners
Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 19 – COACHELLA VALLEY 5, Tucson 1 | Recap
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 21 – Tucson 4, COACHELLA VALLEY 3
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 23 – Tucson at Coachella Valley, 6:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern