Game #16 Preview: Tucson at Bakersfield
By: Alex Kinkopf
December 03, 2016 3:03 PM
Game #16 – Tucson (9-4-2-0) at Bakersfield (7-8-1-0)
7:00 PM MST, Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, California
Referees: #44 Furman South, #56 Brett Iverson
Linesmen: #37 Brett Martin, #62 James Parker
BASH IN BAKERSFIELD: Tonight marks the fourth of eight meetings with the Condors this season, and the fourth and final visit to Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena. Bakersfield is playing the third of a three-game home stand, where they’ve gone 1-0-1-0 thus far; they’re coming off of a 3-0 win over the Charlotte Checkers Friday night. The Roadrunners are playing the third of a three-game road trip, where they’ve gone 0-2-0-0 thus far; they’re coming off of a 4-1 loss to the Ontario Reign on Friday.
BACK-TO-BACK: The Roadrunners will play games in consecutive nights for the fifth time this season when they take to the ice in Bakersfield tonight. The team has been pleasantly successful in the second set of back-to-backs, posting a 3-0-1-0 record in games played the day after a previous match-up.
LINEUP: Due to the nature of the team’s travel and games played in consecutive nights, the Roadrunners did not hold a pregame morning skate, but meetings instead at the hotel. The team is traveling with three goaltenders; with Marek Langhamer’s start Friday night, look for either Justin Peters or Adin Hill to get the nod. An official, hockey operations-approved lineup will be posted 30 minutes before the game on tonight’s live blog. Mark Lamb situated his lineup as such Friday night:
BRENDAN PERLINI - CHRIS MUELLER - CHRISTIAN FISCHER
GARRET ROSS - MARK OLVER - ERIC SELLECK
MICHAEL BUNTING - RYAN MACINNIS - CONOR GARLAND
MARK COOPER - MATIA MARCANTUONI - STEFAN FOURNIER
JARRED TINORDI - ZBYNEK MICHALEK
DAKOTA MERMIS - JAMIE MCBAIN
JUSTIN HACHE - KYLE WOOD
BRANDON BURLON - DYSIN MAYO
TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN: The Roadrunners enter tonight’s game sitting in first-place in the Pacific Division for the 37th consecutive day. The San Diego Gulls and Stockton Heat, however, are hot on Tucson’s tail. With both of those clubs playing each other tonight, the Roadrunners will need a victory (in regulation or overtime/shootout) to maintain their top positioning in the division.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In three meetings with the Condors this season, Tucson has posted a 2-0-1-0 mark. In the teams’ previous matchup on November 12 at Rabobank Arena, the Roadrunners lost in overtime, 3-2. Chris Mueller and Brendan Perlini scored Tucson’s goals; Josh Currie netted the overtime winner. Adin Hill made 16 saves in the OT loss. Chris Mueller leads all Roadrunners players in points scored in games against Bakersfield this season with four (1G, 3A).
ONE FOR THE ROAD: With Friday night’s loss, the Roadrunners have now lost games in consecutive fashion for the first time all season, having gone 0-2-0-0 on the current road trip. Can Tucson pocket a win in Bakersfield to complete the trip before returning home?
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.