Game #20 Preview: Tucson at San Antonio
By: Alex Kinkopf
December 17, 2016 12:51 PM
Game #20 – Tucson (11-5-3-0) at San Antonio (11-13-2-0)
6:00 PM MST, AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Referees: #21 Chris Pontes
Linesmen: #30 Fred Hudy, #12 Carl Sasyn
TWO IN SAN ANTONIO: Tonight marks the second of six meetings with the Rampage this season, and the second of three visits to San Antonio’s AT&T Center. San Antonio is finishing up a two-game home stand, while the Roadrunners are putting a cap on a two-game road trip. Both clubs are coming off of their first meeting of the season Friday night; the Roadrunners won that affair 5-4 in overtime.
QUICK TURNAROUND: Tucson’s two-game set with the Rampage marks the sixth instance of contests in consecutive nights for the club this season. So far, when playing the second meeting of back-to-back games this season, Tucson is 2-2-1-0. Can the Roadrunners sweep their weekend series against the Rampage with a win tonight?
LINEUP: Due to tonight’s game being the second in as many nights for the Roadrunners, the team did not hold a morning skate. Marek Langhamer will likely get the start in net to follow Justin Peters’ 19-save performance Friday night. Defenseman Jamie McBain has joined the team in San Antonio, but it is unclear whether or not he’ll draw into tonight’s lineup; he has been battling a flu-like illness. A final, hockey operations approved lineup will be posted to tonight’s Live Blog 30 minutes before tonight’s scheduled start time. The team aligned as such Friday night:
LAURENT DAUPHIN - CHRIS MUELLER - CHRISTIAN FISCHER
GARRET ROSS - TYLER GAUDET - MARK OLVER
MICHAEL BUNTING - RYAN MACINNIS - CONOR GARLAND
LINDSAY SPARKS - TREVOR CHEEK - HUNTER FEJES
(STEFAN FOURNIER - MARK COOPER)
JARRED TINORDI - ZBYNEK MICHALEK
DAKOTA MERMIS - KYLE WOOD
BRANDON BURLON - DYSIN MAYO
CHRISTIAN IN THE CLUTCH: Christian Fischer has scored a combined four goals in the Roadrunners’ previous two contests, including a pair of overtime game-winners. The 19 year-old has totaled 11 points (7G, 4A) in 17 games played this season. Can he continue to find the net in clutch situations tonight in San Antonio?
EVENED OUT: With their win Friday night, the Roadrunners snapped their four-game losing streak in opposing buildings, and climbed back to a .500 mark on the road this season. In nine games played away from Tucson Arena, the Roadrunners are 4-4-1-0. Can they return home with a winning record on the road with a victory over the Rampage tonight?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the first meeting between these clubs on Friday night, the Roadrunners came away with a 5-4 victory in overtime. Christian Fischer netted the first hat-trick in franchise history; Kyle Wood and Dakota Mermis scored the other two goals for Tucson. Laurent Dauphin registered three assists, all of which came on Fischer’s goals. Justin Peters made 19 saves in the overtime win.
IT’S ALL WHITE: The Roadrunners will don their white uniforms again tonight, an aesthetic template they’ve found much success in this season. Tucson is now 9-1-3-0 when wearing their white sweaters, and 2-0-1-0 when doing so on the road.
THE MARK’S ON MAREK: Goaltender Marek Langhamer is presumed to get the call in net for the Roadrunners tonight; he will be making his fifth start of the season. Langhamer comes into the night with a 2-1-1 record with a .929 SV% and a 2.69 GAA. Langhamer’s previous two starts have come against the Ontario Reign, where he’s stopped 64 of a combined 70 shots faced.
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 5:45 PM MST.