Although they put themselves in a tough position by losing at home to Phoenix 6-4 Tuesday night, the Golden Eagles aren't afraid of playing their next two games on the road.

During the regular season, the Eagles won four of eight games at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, including a come-from-behind 6-5 shootout victory two weeks ago. They play the Roadrunners tonight at 8:35 MST."I don't care where you have to play - this series has been pretty even all year," said Eagle Coach Bob Francis. "We feel comfortable going in there and we're going to be focused.

"I think we're pretty positive right now," said Tim Sweeney, who scored two goals Tuesday. "We got that bad period out of our minds and put it behind us. By no means are we out of it yet."

"That bad period" was the first when the Eagles were outscored 5-1. That's Francis' biggest concern, the trend for starting slow lately. In five straight games, the Eagles have fallen behind early by at least two goals. In three of the games, they fought back to win, but they couldn't overcome the 4-goal deficit Tuesday.

"We better learn our lesson here pretty soon," said Francis. "We have to come out better prepared."

After tonight's game, the Eagles and Roadrunners play again Saturday at 8:35 p.m.