Game #31 Preview: Tucson vs. Texas
By: Alex Kinkopf
January 14, 2017 1:15 PM
Game #31 – Tucson (17-9-4-0) vs Texas (17-14-1-2)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #35 Guillaume Labonte
Linesmen: #19 Robb Harrell, #93 Nathan Wieler
The Other Side: @TexasStars
STARS ON A SATURDAY: Tonight marks the third of six meetings with the Stars this season, and Texas’ third and final visit to Tucson Arena. The Stars are playing the third of a three-game road trip; they’ve posted a 1-1-0-0 record thus far. The Roadrunners are playing the third of a five-game home stand, where they’ve posted 2-0-0-0 mark. The teams are coming off of a meeting Friday night, which Tucson won 5-3.
MOVING ON UP: With their win Friday night, the Roadrunners climbed back up to third-place in the Pacific Division. Tucson, with another win tonight, could leapfrog the San Jose Barracuda and claim the second spot in the grouping if San Jose loses in regulation or overtime/shootout to the Stockton Heat.
LINEUP: The team did not hold a morning skate ahead of tonight’s game. Zbynek Michalek looks to be set to return to the lineup tonight after missing the last four games (undisclosed). There don’t appear to be any changes made to the forward lines used Friday night. Adin Hill is projected to make his 16th start of the season.
MICHAEL BUNTING – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
MARK OLVER – TYLER GAUDET – HENRIK SAMUELSSON
LINDSAY SPARKS – RYAN MACINNIS – CONOR GARLAND
HUNTER FEJES – TREVOR CHEEK – STEFAN FOURNIER
JARRED TINORDI – JAMIE MCBAIN
DAKOTA MERMIS – ANTHONY DEANGELO
ZBYNEK MICHALEK – KYLE WOOD
(DYSIN MAYO – BRANDON BURLON)
COME AGAIN: Tonight marks the 10th instance this season in which the Roadrunners play the night following a game the previous evening. In those nine affairs, Tucson is 4-4-1-0 on short rest, but has dropped their previous two in such situations. Can the Roadrunners earn another win, following up on their impressive victory last night?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on Friday night, the Roadrunners skated to a 5-3 victory. Jamie McBain scored a pair of goals, while Chris Mueller (3A) led the team in points with three. Goaltender Adin Hill made 37 saves in the win. Michael Bunting, who was promoted to the first line Friday night, netted the game-winning goal. Tucson is now 1-0-1-0 in two games against the Stars this season.
TWO-IN-TWO: “We know what they’re going to come in with, and if we just play the same game, we’ll be fine,” forward Michael Bunting said of tonight’s rematch with Texas. The Roadrunners will be looking to extend their win-streak to three games tonight
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.