By: Alex Kinkopf
November 11, 2016 12:52 PM
Game #9 – Tucson (6-1-1-0) at Bakersfield (4-4-0-0)
8:00 PM MST, Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, California
Referees: #41 Cameron Voss, #43 Tom Chmielewski
Linesmen: #23 Adam Bell, #37 Brett Martin
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Tonight marks the second of eight meetings with the Condors this season and the second of six visits to Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena. The Condors are playing the fourth of an eight-game home stand, where they’ve gone 2-1-0-0 thus far; they’re coming off of a 5-3 win over the Texas Stars on Saturday night. The Roadrunners are playing the first of a two-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 5-4 win over the Ontario Reign on Saturday.
LINEUP: The team held a pregame skate at Rabobank Arena in anticipation of tonight’s game. Below is the anticipated lineup the Roadrunners will skate with tonight. An accurate, hockey operations approved final version will be posted here 30 minutes prior to puck drop.
BRENDAN PERLINI – CHRIS MUELLER – CRAIG CUNNINGHAM
MICHAEL BUNTING – TYLER GAUDET – HENRIK SAMUELSSON
ERIC SELLECK – RYAN MACINNIS – CONOR GARLAND
STEFAN FOURNIER – MARK OLVER – GARRET ROSS
(CHRISTIAN FISCHER – HUNTER FEJES)
JARRED TINORDI – KYLE WOOD
DAKOTA MERMIS – JAMIE MCBAIN
BRANDON BURLON – JUSTIN HACHE
HOT HOT HOT: Michael Bunting comes into the night with goals in each of his last four games, totaling five points during that span (4G, 1A). Bunting’s four-game goal streak is tied with Rochester’s Cole Schneider and Wilkes Barre/Scranton’s Tom Kostopoulos for the lengthiest span in the AHL this season.
TYLER’S BACK: Forward Tyler Gaudet will return to the lineup after being reassigned to the Roadrunners after playing one game with the Coyotes Tuesday night in Colorado. In eight games with Tucson this season, Gaudet has accumulated five points (2G, 3A).
MARKED MAN: Expect forward Mark Olver to return to Mark Lamb’s lineup Friday night after missing the previous three games with an undisclosed injury. Olver, in five games played this season, has registered three points (1G, 2A) while being a consistent asset to the team’s fourth line. Olver assisted on Eric Selleck’s game-winning goal the last time the Roadrunners played Bakersfield.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on October 22 at Rabobank Arena, the Roadrunners came away with a 2-1 win – the first regulation win in franchise history. Adin Hill made 31 saves in what was his first start with the Roadrunners. Brendan Perlini scored five minutes into the game; Eric Selleck netted the game-winner with 5:29 left to play in regulation.
MAINTAINING FIRST: The Roadrunners have claimed the top spot in the Pacific Division since the end of October; the team’s .813 win percentage is second in the league to the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins’ .850 mark. Tucson is tied in points earned (13) with the Texas Stars, who have played three more games than the Roadrunners. Can they maintain first place with a win Friday 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 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 7:45 PM MST.