By: Alex Kinkopf
December 21, 2016 2:05 PM
Game #22 – Tucson (12-6-3-0) vs Bakersfield (10-10-2-1)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #22 Geno Binda, #50 Andrew Howard
Linesmen: #30 Ken Bonham, #94 Bevan Mills
BACK AT ‘ER: Tonight marks the sixth of eight meetings with the Condors this season, and the second of Bakersfield’s four scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. Bakersfield is playing the fourth of a five-game road trip, where they’ve posted a 0-2-0-1 record thus far. The Roadrunners are playing the second of a two-game home stand. Both teams are coming off of a Tuesday night affair, which saw the Roadrunners come away victorious with a 4-3 shootout victory.
AGAIN? AGAIN: The Roadrunners are in the midst of their seventh set of back-to-back games this season. In games where the team is playing the night following a previous match-up, they are 3-2-1-0. Can they improve upon that mark with a win tonight?
LINEUP: Due to games being played in consecutive nights, the Roadrunners did not hold a morning skate. The team will likely swap goaltenders; Marek Langhamer is projected to get the start in net following Justin Peters’ 35-save performance Tuesday night. Look for forward Conor Garland, who was a healthy scratch for the first time this season on Tuesday evening, to slide back into Mark Lamb’s lineup. Below is how the team skated last night:
LAURENT DAUPHIN – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
GARRET ROSS – MARK OLVER – TYLER GAUDET
MICHAEL BUNTING – RYAN MACINNIS – HUNTER FEJES
LINDSAY SPARKS – TREVOR CHEEK – STEFAN FOURNIER
JARRED TINORDI – ZBYNEK MICHALEK
DAKOTA MERMIS – JAMIE MCBAIN
BRANDON BURLON – KYLE WOOD
BIG FISCH: Christian Fischer continued his hot streak Tuesday night; recording one goal on a team-high six shots taken in Tucson’s 4-3 shootout win. Fischer also scored in the first round of the shootout. With his first period goal Tuesday, Fischer has now scored six goals in the past four games, totaling seven points (6G, 1A) during that span. Can Fischer make a mark on the score sheet again tonight?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the previous meeting between these two clubs Tuesday night, Bakersfield’s first visit to Tucson Arena this season, the Roadrunners won in a shootout, 4-3. Kyle Wood, Christian Fischer, and Jamie McBain scored the goals for Tucson in regulation, while Fischer and Wood added tallies in the shootout. Justin Peters made 35 saves. The Roadrunners come into the night with a 3-1-1-0 mark in five games against the Condors this season.
LEANING ON LANGHAMER: Goaltender Marek Langhamer is projected to make his sixth start of the season tonight, and his first of the year against the Condors. Langhamer comes into the evening with a 2-2-1 record, posting a .921 SV% and a 3.03 GAA. He was pulled midway through the third period after 51:32 minutes of action in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the San Antonio Rampage.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan and color-man Timothy Gassen 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.