Game #18 Preview: Tucson vs. Ontario
By: Alex Kinkopf
December 09, 2016 1:51 PM
Game #18 – Tucson (9-5-3-0) vs Ontario (9-5-4-0)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #39 Evgenii Romasko, #3 Ben Moser
Linesmen: #19 Robb Harrell, #81 Travis Smith
ONTARIO FOR TWO: Tonight marks the fifth of 12 meetings with the Reign this season, and the fourth of Ontario’s six scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. Ontario is playing the second of a two-game road trip following a home stand that saw them go 2-1-0-0. The Roadrunners are playing the second of a two-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ontario Reign on Wednesday night.
THEY’RE DUE: The Roadrunners are without a win in their previous four games, going 0-3-1-0 during that span. Can they get off the schneid with a win tonight?
LINEUP: The Roadrunners held a morning skate in anticipation of tonight’s game. There don’t look to be any changes made to the lines the team skated with Wednesday; Adin Hill was the first goaltender to leave the ice this morning and is projected to start in net.
LAURENT DAUPHIN – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
GARRET ROSS – MARK OLVER – MARK COOPER
MICHAEL BUNTING – RYAN MACINNIS – CONOR GARLAND
HUNTER FEJES – TREVOR CHEEK – LINDSAY SPARKS
JARRED TINORDI – ZBYNEK MICHALEK
DAKOTA MERMIS – JAMIE MCBAIN
KYLE WOOD – ANTHONY DEANGELO
ADIN IN NET: From the looks of the morning skate, Adin Hill will make his 12th start of the season tonight against the Reign. Hill comes into the evening with a 7-2-2 mark with a .912 SV% and a 2.88 GAA. Two of his 11 starts have come against Ontario this season; he is 2-0-0 in those games, stopping 83 of 89 shots faced. The 20 year-old native of Calgary, AB has not earned a winning decision since 40-save performance against the Manitoba Moose on November 18.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the previous meeting between these clubs on Wednesday night at Tucson Arena, the Roadrunners lost 3-2 in overtime. Laurent Dauphin and Dakota Mermis scored for Tucson – each recording their first goals of the season. Ontario’s Teddy Purcell netted the game-winner 2:18 minutes into overtime. Marek Langhamer made 33 saves.
POWER STRUGGLE: The Roadrunners’ power play, which recently was ranked the best in the American Hockey League, has sputtered as of late. Tucson has not scored a power play goal in their last four games, going 0-for-16 during that span. “The power play isn’t scoring right now; that’s my job, and that’s guys’ on our power play’s job to produce, and we’re not doing it, so we’re letting the team down that way,” said Chris Mueller following Wednesday’s game. Can the Roadrunners’ power play unit strike against Ontario tonight?
GETTING PAST JACK: Ontario’s Jack Campbell has been a pain for the Roadrunners in his two appearances for the Reign against Tucson. Since he’s returned to their lineup, Campbell has won both decisions against the Roadrunners, stopping 59 of 62 shots faced. Can the Roadrunners get a few pucks past Ontario’s netminder tonight?
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 7:50 PM MST.