November 15 practice notes
By: Alex Kinkopf
November 15, 2016 4:03 PM
Good afternoon from Tucson Arena, where the Roadrunners participated in an hour-plus long practice for the second consecutive day as preparations continue for a season-long six-game home stand that begins Friday night against the Manitoba Moose at 7:05 PM MST.
During practice, the first ‘Roadrunners Report’ of the season was featured on ArizonaCoyotes.com, as well as a theAHL.com feature with General Manager Doug Soetaert for the league’s recurring ‘On the Beat’ column.
Forward Christian Fischer was back on the ice with the team after staying in Tucson during the club’s two-game road swing in California against the Bakersfield Condors over the weekend.
Fischer is ‘making progress’ per hockey operations, and seemed just fine during the skate, taking time for occasional visits with assistant athletic trainer Matt Harder.
Zbynek Michalek looks to be on his way back into the lineup, he skated with the team for the full duration of practice, no longer donning a red ‘no contact’ jersey. When asking hockey operations whether or not Michalek could play this weekend, no firm answer was provided – but it was made clear he is inching back into full rotation.
Goaltender Justin Peters and forward Christian Dvorak were officially assigned to Tucson following Tuesday’s skate, both players are likely to be on the ice with the team Wednesday.
Marek Langhamer, assigned to the Rapid City Rush upon the Coyotes’ announcement, was on the ice Tuesday but is en route to Tulsa, Oklahoma to meet the Rush for their two-game set against the Oilers.
In accordance of colors Tuesday, the team skated as such:
FORWARDS (COLOR CODED):
RED: BRENDAN PERLINI – CHRIS MUELLER – CRAIG CUNNINGHAM
WHITE: MICHAEL BUNTING – TYLER GAUDET – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
GREY: ERIC SELLECK – RYAN MACINNIS – HENRIK SAMUELSSON
BLUE – GARRET ROSS – MARK OLVER – CONOR GARLAND – STEFAN FOURNIER
JARRED TINORDI – KYLE WOOD
JAMIE MCBAIN – ZBYNEK MICHALEK
DAKOTA MERMIS - DYSIN MAYO
BRANDON BURLON – JUSTIN HACHE
The Manitoba Moose are scheduled to play the Bakersfield Condors Wednesday night at Rabobank Arena before traveling to Tucson. Manitoba, currently fourth-place in the Central Division with a 6-5-0-1 record, has struggled mightily on the road this season, posting a 1-4-0-0 mark away from the MTS Centre.
We’ll have more on the Moose, as well as insight from Head Coach Mark Lamb and a couple of players Wednesday afternoon as the weekend’s games approach.
For now, enjoy a handful of photos from today’s skate: