Game #6 Preview: Tucson vs Texas
By: Alex Kinkopf
November 02, 2016 1:19 PM
Game #6 – Tucson (4-1-0-0) vs. Stockton (4-3-1-0)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #44 Furman South, #88 Chris Waterstradt
Linesmen: #19 Robb Harrell, #93 Nathan Wieler
MESSIN’ WITH TEXAS: Tonight marks the first of six meetings with the Stars this season and the first of Texas’ three visits to Tucson Arena. Texas is starting a three-game road trip; they’ve won their previous two contests, and are coming off of a 2-1 victory over the Ontario Reign Saturday night. The Roadrunners are playing the third of a five-game home stand and are coming off of a 4-3 win over the Stockton Heat on Sunday night.
LINEUP: The Roadrunners took the ice for a 10:00 AM morning skate ahead of tonight’s contest. Adin Hill was the first goaltender to leave the ice and is projected to make his fourth-straight start in net. Forwards Christian Dvorak and Stefan Fournier remained on the ice for extra work with defensemen Justin Hache and Dysin Mayo, those four are the presumed healthy scratches. Matia Marcantuoni looks to be etched in Mark Lamb’s lineup for the second time this season, centering Eric Selleck and Henrik Samuelsson on the fourth line.
PERLINI – CUNNINGHAM – MUELLER
ROSS – MACINNIS – GARLAND
BUNTING – GAUDET – FISCHER
SELLECK – MARCANTUONI – SAMEULSSON
(DVORAK – FOURNIER)
TINORDI - DEANGELO
MERMIS – WOOD
BURLON – MCBAIN
(HACHE – MAYO)
BIG THREE: Defenseman Kyle Wood, who was named the AHL’s Rookie of the Month for October on Monday, comes into the night leading all Roadrunners players in points scored (2G, 6A = 8PTS). Wood leads all AHL rookies in scoring, and is fourth among all defensemen in that category. The 20 year-old Waterloo, Ontario native has found the score sheet in each of the Roadrunners’ five games played thus far. Texas’ Julius Honka is third among AHL defensemen in scoring this season, coming into the night with nine points (3G, 6A).
SHOTS: The Roadrunners have been outshot by their opponents in four of their five games play thus far, albeit posting a respectable 3-1-0-0 record in those situations. Adin Hill, who has started two of the four games where Tucson has been outshot, has won both of those decisions. Hill is 3-0-0 this season with a .913 SV% and a 3.00 GAA. Texas goaltender Maxime Lagace is fourth in the AHL in saves-made this season with 161.
SO SPECIAL: Tucson killed off 17 consecutive penalties before surrendering a power play goal to Stockton’s Emile Poirier Sunday night. On the season, the Roadrunners have killed off 25 of their 28 penalties taken, an 89.3% success-rate, which ranks fifth-best in the AHL. The Roadrunners’ power play is 8 for 28 this season, chiming in at a 28.6% success rate, third-best in the league. Texas comes into the night with the AHL’s third-worst penalty kill unit.
OPPOSITE EFFECT: The Roadrunners come into the night with a perfect 2-0-0-0 record on home ice. Texas is winless away from home this season, posting a 0-2-1-0, earning one point in an overtime loss to the Ontario Reign on October 21 at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Can the Roadrunners remain undefeated at home, and keep the Stars winless on the road with a victory Wednesday night?
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan will have the call on the club's official flagship radio station AM 1450 KTZR, which can be listened to for free HERE. Callahan’s radio coverage of tonight’s contest will begin at 6:50 PM MST.