Game #29 Preview: Tucson vs Manitoba
By: Alex Kinkopf
January 10, 2017 1:40 PM
Game #29 – Tucson (15-9-4-0) vs Manitoba (14-15-3-2)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #42 Jake Brenk, #57 Andrew Wilk
Linesmen: #81 Travis Smith, #59 Rob Fay
BACK HOME: Tonight marks the second of four meetings with the Moose this season, and Manitoba’s second and final visit to Tucson Arena. Manitoba is on the road for one game following a six-game home stand where they posted a 2-3-1-0 record; they’re coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Iowa Wild on Sunday. The Roadrunners are playing the first of a five-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday afternoon.
SNAP IT: Tucson carries a season-long four-game losing streak into the night, posting a 0-3-1-0 record during that span. Manitoba has been on a skid of their own, dropping their previous three games. Can the Roadrunners snap their losing streak with a win against the Moose tonight?
LINEUP: The team held a morning skate at Tucson Arena in anticipation of tonight’s game. Adin Hill was the first goalie off the ice and is projected to start in net. Hunter Fejes, Trevor Cheek, and Dysin Mayo remained on for extra work and are the presumed healthy scratches. The team aligned as such Tuesday morning:
BRENDAN PERLINI – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
LAURENT DAUPHIN – TYLER GAUDET – HENRIK SAMUELSSON
MICHAEL BUNTING – RYAN MACINNIS – CONOR GARLAND
LINDSAY SPARKS – MARK OLVER – STEFAN FOURNIER
(HUNTER FEJES – TREVOR CHEEK)
JARRED TINORDI – ANTHONY DEANGELO
DAKOTA MERMIS – JAMIE MCBAIN
BRANDON BURLON – KYLE WOOD
(DYSIN MAYO – ZBYNEK MICHALEK)
ADIN IN NET: Adin Hill will likely make his 14th start of the season tonight. The 20 year-old brings a 8-2-3 record into the night with a .915 SV% and a 2.86 GAA. He won his previous and only start against Manitoba, stopping 40 of 42 shots faced in Tucson’s 5-2 victory over the Moose on November 18. Hill is coming off an appearance Saturday in San Jose where he stopped 26 of 27 shots faced in 50:02 minutes of relief of Justin Peters.
DEPTH THREAT: The Roadrunners are coming off of a game Saturday in San Jose in which all of their scoring came from back-end forwards. Stefan Fournier scored his first goal of the season and led Tucson with two points. The 24 year-old forward shared a few thoughts leading into tonight’s game:
EXTRA AMMO: Forwards Brendan Perlini and Laurent Dauphin, along with defenseman Anthony DeAngelo were assigned to the Roadrunners from the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday – all three players will be in Tucson’s lineup tonight. Those three players have combined to score 34 points for the Roadrunners this season; Perlini 16 (11G, 5A), Dauphin 11 (5G, 6A), and DeAngelo 7 (1G, 6A). Can the assignments provide some extra scoring tonight against Manitoba?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the previous meeting between these teams on November 18 at Tucson Arena, the Roadrunners came away with a 5-2 victory. Brendan Perlini (2G, 1A) led all players in points scored with three; Adin Hill made 40 saves in the win. Four of the Roadrunners’ five goals scored came on the power play.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan and color commentator 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.