Game #65 Preview: Tucson at Manitoba
By: Alex Kinkopf
April 08, 2017 6:35 PM
Game #65 – Tucson (26-30-8-0) at Manitoba (27-36-5-5)
12:00 PM PST, MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Referees: #3 Ben Moser, #32 Troy Murray
Linesmen: #96 Andrew Stammers, #25 Justin Verhaeghe
MOOSE AT NOON: Tonight marks the fourth and final meeting with the Moose this season, and the second of the Roadrunners’ two scheduled visits to Manitoba’s MTS Centre. The Moose are finishing up a four-game home stand, where they’ve posted a 2-0-1-0 record thus far. The Roadrunners are playing the second of a five-game road trip. Both teams are coming off of a meeting on Friday night in which the Moose won 5-4 in overtime.
WIN-IPEG: The Roadrunners have earned five of a possible six points in their previous three meetings against the Manitoba Moose this season, posting a 2-0-1-0 record. Can they continue their success against the Moose with a win in the teams’ final regular season meeting this afternoon?
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held a practice on Saturday morning at the MTS IcePlex, but did not gather for a morning skate ahead of this afternoon’s game. There is no telling whether any changes will be made to the lines the team skated with Friday night, which are listed below. Marek Langhamer is expected to get the start in goal.
MICHAEL BUNTING – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
JOE WHITNEY - RYAN MACINNIS - JEREMY MORIN
ERIC SELLECK - TYLER GAUDET - CONOR GARLAND
MITCH MOROZ - TREVOR CHEEK - MARK COOPER
DAVID MUSIL – JAMIE MCBAIN
KYLE COPABIANCO - DYSIN MAYO
DAKOTA MERMIS – KYLE WOOD
(BRANDON BURLON – JARRED TINORDI - JALEN SMERECK)
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on Friday night, the Roadrunners fell to the Moose by a 5-4 score in overtime in what was the club’s first-ever visit to the MTS Centre. Chris Mueller registered four points; Joe Whitney scored the game-tying goal with 1:41 left to play in regulation. Adin Hill and Marek Langhamer combined to make 18 saves in the loss.
DEBUT #2?: Kyle Capobianco made his pro hockey debut Friday night playing alongside Dysin Mayo, finishing the game with a -2 rating. Jalen Smereck, who joined the Roadrunners earlier in the week after completing his Ontario Hockey League career, could make his pro debut this afternoon.
MUELLER OWNS MOOSE: Chris Mueller comes into the day with eight points (2G, 6A) in three games against Manitoba this season. Mueller, with his four point (2G, 2A) performance in Friday night’s 5-4 overtime loss, set a new single-season career-high in points scored, surpassing his previous mark of 60 points in 2011-12 with the Milwaukee Admirals. Mueller has 62 points (15G, 47A) in 64 games so far during the current campaign.
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 11:45 AM PST.