By: Alex Kinkopf
November 30, 2016 12:36 PM
Game #14 – Tucson (9-2-2-0) at San Diego (8-5-1-0)
8:00 PM MST, Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California
Referees: #56 Brett Iverson, #19 Tim Mayer
Linesmen: #93 Greg McAlpine, #85 Steve Walsh
ON THE ROAD: Tonight marks the second of 12 meetings with the Gulls, and the second of the Roadrunners’ six scheduled visits to San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center this season. The Gulls are returning for a one-game stint on home ice after winning a pair of games away from San Diego; they’re coming off of a 4-3 win over the Ontario Reign Sunday night. The Roadrunners are playing the first of a three-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 5-4 win over the Stockton Heat on Sunday.
👋🏼 from San Diego. pic.twitter.com/KIwsq65gXL— Tucson Roadrunners (@RoadrunnersAHL) November 30, 2016
THEY’RE STREAKING: San Diego comes into the night having won each of their previous six contests, four of which have come against Pacific Division opponents. The Roadrunners are 4-1-1-0 in their last six games; can they snap the Gulls’ win streak tonight?
LINEUP: The Roadrunners gathered for a morning skate ahead of tonight’s game. An official lineup will be shared on tonight’s Live Blog 30 minutes before puck drop – below is how the team skated during Tuesday’s practice before making the trip:
BRENDAN PERLINI – CHRIS MUELLER – ERIC SELLECK
MICHAEL BUNTING – TYLER GAUDET – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
GARRET ROSS – RYAN MACINNIS – HENRIK SAMUELSSON
CONOR GARLAND – MARK OLVER – STEFAN FOURNIER
DAKOTA MERMIS – JAMIE MCBAIN
JARRED TINORDI – ZBYNEK MICHALEK
BRANDON BURLON – KYLE WOOD
(JUSTIN HACHE – DYSIN MAYO)
SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY: The Valley View Casino Center hasn’t been too kind to opposing teams this season, the Gulls posting a 6-2-0-0 record on home ice, outscoring opponents 31-23. The Roadrunners, though, come into the night with the best road record in the Pacific Division, posting a 3-1-1-0 mark away from Tucson Arena. Can the Roadrunners hand the Gulls their third loss on home ice tonight?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on October 14 at the Valley View Casino Center, the Gulls won 5-3 – it was each club’s first regular season game. Craig Cunningham (2G, 1A) and Kyle Wood (1G, 2A) led all Roadrunners players in points scored (3). Justin Peters started in goal for Tucson, stopping 38 of 43 shots faced in the loss.
COACH TALKS SD: “The last two-three weeks, they’ve been one of the hottest teams in the league, they’ve won a lot of games, they’ve had some call-ups,” Head Coach Mark Lamb said of the Gulls on Tuesday. “That first game was kind of a blur, but what really stood out in that game was their power play, they scored a couple of power play goals against us and they had all kinds of chances, so that’s something that we have to look at. We made adjustments after that game to our penalty killing, and hopefully it’s an adjustment that’s going to help us tomorrow night.”
GIDDY-UP GAUDET: Tyler Gaudet will return to the Roadrunners' lineup after missing the team's previous two games during his recall to the Arizona Coyotes. In 11 games with Tucson this season, Gaudet has registered seven points (2G, 5A). The 23 year-old forward centered Michael Bunting and Christian Fischer in his first practice back with the team on Tuesday morning.
WHO ARE THOSE GUYS?: Although tonight marks the Roadrunners’ sixth road game of the season, they’ll be donning their brick-red uniforms for just the fourth time. Tucson is 2-1-0-0 in their dark sets, and 7-1-2-0 when wearing white.
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.