Game #10 Preview: Tucson at Bakersfield
By: Alex Kinkopf
November 12, 2016 2:11 PM
Game #10 – Tucson (7-1-1-0) at Bakersfield (4-5-0-0)
7:00 PM MST, Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, California
Referees: #88 Chris Waterstradt, #43 Tom Chmielewski
Linesmen: #96 Michael McBain, #24 J.M. McNulty
CONDORS FOR TWO: Tonight marks the third of eight meetings with the Condors this season and the third of six visits to Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena. The Condors are playing the fifth of an eight-game home stand, while the Roadrunners are completing a two-game road trip. Both clubs are coming off of a Friday night meeting, where the Roadrunners came away with a 3-0 shutout victory.
LINEUP: The Roadrunners held an optional morning skate due to games in consecutive nights. It is unclear whether or not any changes will be made to the lineup used Friday night, which is posted below. A final, hockey operations approved lineup will be posted on tonight’s LIVE BLOG which will go live 30 minutes prior to the game’s scheduled start.
BRENDAN PERLINI - CHRIS MUELLER - CRAIG CUNNINGHAM
MICHAEL BUNTING - TYLER GAUDET - HENRIK SAMUELSSON
ERIC SELLECK - RYAN MACINNIS - CONOR GARLAND
GARRET ROSS - MARK OLVER - STEFAN FOURNIER
DAKOTA MERMIS - JAMIE MCBAIN
JARRED TINORDI - KYLE WOOD
BRANDON BURLON - DYSIN MAYO
OH SO SPECIAL: The Roadrunners come into Saturday night’s affair with the AHL’s second best power play unit, chiming in with a 30.2% success rate, scoring on nine of their 43 man advantage situations thus far. Tucson’s penalty kill is the best in the league entering the night; they have killed off 35 of their 38 penalties this season, a 92.1% success rate.
ON THE SCORESHEET: Defenseman Dysin Mayo recorded his first point of the season Friday night in what was just his second game in Mark Lamb’s lineup. Brandon Burlon tallied his first goal of the season. Only two other players (Henrik Samuelsson and Stefan Fournier) in Friday night’s lineup are still without a point this season.
CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP: Michael Bunting’s empty net goal with 1:29 left to play in regulation Friday extended his goal scoring streak to five games, the longest active streak, and the lengthiest by any player this season. Bunting comes into the night with six points (5G, 1A) in nine games played.
MAYBE IT’S MAREK: There’s little telling who may be in between the pipes for the Roadrunners Saturday night due to the game’s back-to-back nature. Marek Langhamer, who suffered an undisclosed lower-body injury while making 43 saves in Tucson’s 2-1 OT victory over the Stockton Heat on October 21, served as an available back-up for the first time since on Friday night. Adin Hill has made seven consecutive starts for the Roadrunners, posting a 6-0-1 record with a 2.67 GAA and a .923 SV%.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the previous meeting between these two clubs on Friday night, the Roadrunners skated away to a 3-0 victory. Brendan Perlini, Brandon Burlon and Michael Bunting scored the goals for Tucson, while goaltender Adin Hill stopped all 17 shots he faced en route to his first-career pro shutout. The Roadrunners are now 2-0-0-0 against the Condors this season.
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 6:45 PM MST.