Game #10 – Tucson (6-1-2-0) vs Bakersfield (5-4-1-0)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #49 Reid Anderson, #41 Cameron Voss
Linesmen: #60 Libor Suchanek, #58 Colin Besch
CONDORS ON QUEUE: Tonight marks the second of eight meetings with the Condors this season, and the first of Bakersfield’s four scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Roadrunners are playing the fifth of a six-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 3-2 overtime victory over the Cleveland Monsters on Saturday night. The Condors are playing the first of a four-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 2-1 overtime loss to the Manitoba Moose on Saturday.
SHUTDOWN CENTRAL: The Roadrunners enter the evening having surrendered the least amount of goals of any team in the American Hockey League this season (22). They have the league’s third-best GAA, holding their opponents to an average of 2.44 goals per contest. The Condors come into the night with the league’s 27th-ranked offense, scoring an average of 2.50 goals per game.
SHOOT YOUR SHOT: Nick Merkley, who scored his first pro goal against the Condors on October 14, leads the Roadrunners in goals scored with six, and is third among AHL rookies with a 31.6 shooting percentage (6-for-19). “I think I’m just going to try and do all of the little things right again, obviously I got a couple of good bounces last weekend, and hopefully they keep coming,” he said following Friday’s morning skate. “I think with hard work those bounces will come, so it’s just about working hard and then the rest will come.”
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held a pregame morning skate ahead of tonight’s game at Tucson Arena. Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 5:00 PM this afternoon.
LAWSON CROUSE (67) - DYLAN STROME (91) - NICK MERKLEY (38)
MIKE SISLO (9) - TYLER GAUDET (10) - CONOR GARLAND (8)
MICHAEL BUNTING (27) - LANE PEDERSON (18) - JENS LOOKE (24)
EMERSON ETEM (26) - TREVOR CHEEK (39) - MICHAEL LATTA (46)
ANDREW CAMPBELL (2) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
KYLE CAPOBIANCO (23) - KYLE WOOD (3)
KEVIN EKMAN-LARSSON (7) - ADAM CLENDENING (4)
ADIN HILL (33)
HUNTER MISKA (35)
SITTING PRETTY: With a 6-1-2-0 record and a .778 win percentage, the Roadrunners are currently in first place in the Pacific Division, the Western Conference, and the entire American Hockey League. Can they maintain their positioning with a win tonight?
TWO-FER: The Roadrunners are 2-0-1-0 in the first games of back-to-back sets this season, while the Condors are 2-1-0-0. Can the Roadrunners improve upon that mark and remain undefeated agains Bakersfield this season?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the team’s previous meeting on October 14 at Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena, the Roadrunners defeated the Condors by a 4-0 score. Nick Merkley led all Roadrunners players in points scored (1G, 1A) with two, including his first-career professional goal. Adin Hill stopped all 22 shots he faced to record his second career shutout.
BAKERSFIELD BEAUTY: Adin Hill thrives against the Condors. Though not yet confirmed to start, Hill will be making his sixth-career appearance against Bakersfield if called upon. In five career starts against the Condors, Hill is 3-1-1 with two shutouts.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan and color commentator Tim Gassen will have the radio call on AM 1450 Fox Sports Tucson. Radio coverage begins at 6:50 PM.