Game #62 Preview: Tucson vs. San Diego
By: Alex Kinkopf
March 31, 2017 1:56 PM
Game #62 – Tucson (26-28-7-0) vs. San Diego (38-17-3-2)
7:05 PM PST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #13 Chris Ciamaga
Linesmen: #30 Ken Bonham, #19 Robb Harrell
GOING GULLS: Tonight marks the 11th of 12 meetings with the Gulls this season, and the fifth of San Diego’s six scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Gulls are playing the second of a four-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday night. The Roadrunners are playing the fourth of a five-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 5-2 win over the San Antonio Rampage on Tuesday.
HOME WRECKERS: The Gulls are the only Pacific Division opponent the Roadrunners have yet to earn a victory against on home-ice this season. Coming into the night, they are 0-4-0-0 against San Diego at Tucson Arena.
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held an optional morning skate at Tucson Arena in anticipation of tonight’s game. Mark Cooper, who was recalled from Rapid City (ECHL) on Thursday, will be in the lineup. Christian Fischer, who was assigned to the Roadrunners by the Coyotes Friday morning, is expected to draw in as well. Goaltender Marek Langhamer was the first netminder to leave the ice at the morning skate and is expected to start in net.
LAURENT DAUPHIN – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
MICHAEL BUNTING – RYAN MACINNIS – CONOR GARLAND
JOE WHITNEY – TYLER GAUDET – ERIC SELLECK
MITCH MOROZ – RYAN MACINNIS – MARK COOPER
JARRED TINORDI – DAKOTA MERMIS
JAMIE MCBAIN – KYLE WOOD
DAVID MUSIL – DYSIN MAYO
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on March 10 at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center, the Roadrunners fell to the Gulls by a 2-1 score. Chris Mueller scored Tucson’s lone goal; Adin Hill made 33 saves in the loss. The Roadrunners are 2-8-0-0 in their previous 10 meetings with the Gulls this season.
THREE’S KEY: The Roadrunners will be vying for their third-straight win tonight. The team has strung together win-streaks of at least three games on four separate occasions this season, but haven’t done so since their five-game win streak from January 10-18.
MR. 400: With his first period goal Tuesday night in the Roadrunners’ 5-2 win over the San Antonio Rampage, Chris Mueller now has 400-career AHL points (166G, 234A). Mueller now has 57 points (14G, 41A) on the season, and is now just three shy of matching his single-season career-high of 60, which he attained during the 2011-12 campaign with the Milwaukee Admirals. Can Mueller inch closer to setting a new mark with a point or two against his former team tonight?
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan will have the radio call on AM 1450 KTZR, which can be listened to for free HERE. Callahan’s radio coverage of today’s contest will begin at 6:50 PM MST.