Game #13 Preview: Tucson vs Stockton
By: Alex Kinkopf
November 27, 2016 12:31 PM
Game #13 – Tucson (8-2-2-0) vs Stockton (9-4-1-2)
4:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #40 Keith Kaval, #64 Alex Garon
Linesmen: #30 Ken Bonham, #19 Robb Harrell
BACK-TO-BACK: Today marks the fifth of eight meetings with the Heat this season, and Stockton’s fourth and final visit to Tucson Arena. Stockton is finishing a three-game road trip, where they’ve gone 1-1-0-0 thus far. The Roadrunners are playing the third of a three-game home stand, where they are 1-1-0-0 so far. Tucson is coming off of a 3-2 loss to the Heat Saturday night.
PERLINI’S HOT: Brendan Perlini comes into the day with points in his previous six games, amassing 10 points (8G, 2A) during that span. Perlini has been held without a point on only two occasions this season, and is averaging a point per game (3G, 1A) in four games against the Heat. Can Perlini carry the momentum from his two-goal performance Saturday night into today’s game?
LINEUP: Due to the quick turnaround leading into today’s game, there are no indications of any possible changes to be made to Mark Lamb’s lineup, other than Marek Langhamer is expected to get the call in net. The team skated as such Saturday night:
BRENDAN PERLINI – CHRIS MUELLER – ERIC SELLECK
CHRISTIAN FISCHER – MARK OLVER – CONOR GARLAND
MICHAEL BUNTING – RYAN MACINNIS – HENRIK SAMUELSSON
GARRET ROSS – MATIA MARCANTUONI – STEFAN FOURNIER
JARRED TINORDI – KYLE WOOD
DAKOTA MERMIS – JAMIE MCBAIN
BRANDON BURLON – ZBYNEK MICHALEK
MAREK IN: Goaltender Marek Langhamer is expected to start in net with the quick turnaround today. Langhamer, who was recalled from Rapid City (ECHL) on Friday, has started one game for the Roadrunners this season – he stopped 43 of 44 shots faced against the Stockton Heat on October 21 – a 2-1 OT victory.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting Saturday night, Linden Vey’s goal with 1:58 left to play led the Heat to a 3-2 victory. Brendan Perlini scored both of the Roadrunners’ goals; Adin Hill made 26 saves. It was the Roadrunners’ first loss to the Heat this season; they have a 3-1-0-0 record against Stockton.
PROTECTING FIRST: The Roadrunners have maintained first-place in the Pacific Division since October 29; to stay atop their grouping, they must either beat Stockton in regulation or earn at least one point. Today marks the Heat’s final visit to Tucson Arena this season, the Roadrunners are 2-1-0-0 against Stockton on home ice.
THE DAY AFTER: Today’s game marks the fourth instance this season where the Roadrunners have played in consecutive games. Tucson is 2-0-1-0 in the second affair of a back-to-back set this season, can they rebound from Saturday night’s loss with a win today?
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.