By: Alex Kinkopf
November 04, 2016 1:33 PM
Game #7 – Tucson (4-1-1-0) vs. Ontario (3-1-2-0)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #44 Furman South, #88 Chris Waterstradt
Linesmen: #58 Colin Besch, #85 Steve Walsh
REIGN IN TUCSON: Tonight marks the first of 12 meetings with the Reign this season and Ontario’s first of six visits to Tucson Arena. Ontario is playing the fourth of a five-game road trip where they’ve posted a 1-1-1-0 record thus far; they’re coming off of a 4-2 win over the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday. The Roadrunners are playing the fourth of a five-game home stand, and are coming off of a 4-3 OT loss to the Texas Stars Wednesday night.
LINEUP: The Roadrunners held an optional morning skate ahead of Friday night’s game, one that involved 11 skaters and two goaltenders. No line rushes were held, so there is no insight into what tonight’s line combinations will be. Below are the forward lines and defensive pairings the team skated with Wednesday night.
PERLINI – CUNNINGHAM – MUELLER
ROSS – MACINNIS – GARLAND
BUNTING – GAUDET – FISCHER
SELLECK – MARCANTUONI – SAMEULSSON
TINORDI - DEANGELO
MERMIS – WOOD
BURLON – MCBAIN
(HACHE – MAYO)
POWERFUL PLAY: Ontario comes into the night by far and away boasting the league’s top power play unit, chiming in at an astounding 44.0% success rate, scoring on 11 of their 25 man advantage opportunities so far this season. The Roadrunners, however, come into the night with the league’s second-best penalty kill unit, killing off 28 of their 31 penalties taken this season, good for a 90.3% success rate. Can the Roadrunners keep Ontario’s red-hot power play quiet tonight?
SEEING LINDBACK: Chances are Anders Lindback will be in net for the Ontario Reign Friday night. Lindback was signed to a PTO by Ontario’s parent club, Los Angeles, on October 25. Lindback last played in the AHL during the 2014-15 season with the Texas Stars. He appeared in 19 games for the Arizona Coyotes last year, posting a 5-7-1 record with a .894 SV% and a 3.11 GAA.
AWARD FOR WOOD: Defenseman Kyle Wood extended his personal point streak to six games Wednesday night when Chris Mueller redirected his shot past Texas’ Phillipe Desrosiers in the second period. Prior to tonight’s game, Wood will be presented with his Rookie of the Month award for October by General Manager Doug Soetaert, which the AHL announced the 20 year-old had won on Monday. Wood (2G, 7A = 9PTS) comes into the night tied for second among defenseman in scoring, and first overall among rookies.
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 tonight’s contest will begin at 6:50 PM MST.