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Game #12 Preview: Tucson vs Manitoba

By: Alex Kinkopf
 
 
Game #12 – Tucson (8-1-2-0) vs Manitoba (7-6-0-1)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
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Referees: #19 Tim Mayer, #17 Peter Tarnaris
Linesmen: #58 Colin Besch, #59 Rob Fay
 
Live Game Day Coverage: @RoadrunnersAHL / @RRVoiceTom / @AEKinkopf
The Other Side: @ManitobaMoose / @MitchPeacock1
 
 
MOOSE FOR TWO: Tonight marks the second of four meetings with the Moose this season and Manitoba’s second and final visit to Tucson Arena. Manitoba is playing the final of a five-game road trip, where they’ve gone 1-3-0-0 thus far. The Roadrunners are playing the second of a six game home stand, and are coming off of a 5-2 win over the Moose on Friday night.
 
LINEUP: Due to the back-to-back nature of tonight’s game, the Roadrunners did not hold a pregame morning skate. There are no changes expected to be made to the lines used Friday night, other than Justin Peters getting the call in net. Below shows how Mark Lamb’s roster aligned Friday:
 
FORWARDS
BRENDAN PERLINI – CHRIS MUELLER – CRAIG CUNNINGHAM
CHRISTIAN FISCHER – TYLER GAUDET – CONOR GARLAND
MICHAEL BUNTING – RYAN MACINNIS – HENRIK SAMUELSSON
ERIC SELLECK – MARK OLVER – GARRET ROSS
(CHRISTIAN DVORAK – STEFAN FOURNIER)
 
DEFENSEMEN
JARRED TINORDI – KYLE WOOD
DAKOTA MERMIS – JAMIE MCBAIN
JUSTIN HACHE – BRANDON BURLON
(DYSIN MAYO – ZBYNEK MICHALEK)
 
GOALTENDERS
JUSTIN PETERS
ADIN HILL
 
HOT LINE BLING: With seven points (3G, 4A) scored between the trio Friday night, the Roadrunners’ top line of Brendan Perlini, Chris Mueller, and Craig Cunningham have accounted for 23 points (8G, 15A) in the previous six games. With his two goals last night, Perlini now leads all AHL rookies in goals scored (8) and power play goals scored (5).
 
 
POWER PLAYIN’: With four power play goals Friday night, the Roadrunners tied the Ontario Reign for the top man advantage success rate in the AHL this season at 30.4%. Tucson has converted on 17 of their 56 power play opportunities this season, and will face a Manitoba club whose penalty kill percentage (75.0%) dropped to 26th in the league following Friday’s matchup.
 
SHUTDOWN CENTRAL: The Roadrunners killed off all five of Manitoba’s power plays Friday night, and come into Saturday’s game with the best penalty kill unit in the league, nixing 91.3% of their opponents’ man advantage opportunities.
 
JUSTIN TIME: Justin Peters will get the start in net tonight, according to Head Coach Mark Lamb, who spoke on the topic following Friday’s game. “Hiller’s been unbelievable for us, he’s probably been our MVP,” Lamb said. “Peters has been up, he’s had a couple of good practices here, and we’ve got a busy week coming up, so we’re going to use everybody.” Peters started the team’s opening game against the San Diego Gulls on October 14, making 38 saves in the Roadrunners’ 5-3 loss.
 
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.