By: Alex Kinkopf
January 16, 2017 11:11 AM
Good morning from Tucson Arena, where the team got back to work following Sunday’s hiatus, assembling for a 10:00 AM morning skate ahead of tonight’s game against the Ontario Reign, which is scheduled for a 7:05 PM start.
No changes were apparent to the lines the team skated with over the weekend in their two games against Texas.
Forward Garret Ross continues to be sidelined (undisclosed) and did not skate with the team today.
Justin Peters was the first goaltender off the ice and is projected to make his eighth start of the season tonight. Peters comes into the evening with a 3-4-0 record with a .846 SV% and a 4.59 GAA. He has been pulled early from each of his previous two starts and has yet to face Ontario this season.
For your perusing, the team aligned thusly:
FORWARDS (COLOR CODED):
RED: MICHAEL BUNTING – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
WHITE: MARK OLVER – TYLER GAUDET – HENRIK SAMUELSSON
GREY: LINDSAY SPARKS – RYAN MACINNIS – CONOR GARLAND
BLUE: HUNTER FEJES – TREVOR CHEEK – STEFAN FOURNIER
JARRED TINORDI – JAMIE MCBAIN
DAKOTA MERMIS – ANTHONY DEANGELO
ZBYNEK MICHALEK – KYLE WOOD
DYSIN MAYO – BRANDON BURLON
Shortly after the team filed off the ice, the announcement was made official that Christian Fischer has been named the AHL’s CCM/AHL Player of the Week.
In three games during the week, Fischer registered seven points (3G, 4A), helping the Roadrunners to a perfect 3-0-0-0 record during the seven-day period.
“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to my line mates this week,” Fischer said of receiving the recognition. “Obviously playing with Mueller is pretty easy, he’s probably one of the best playmakers in the league, and Bunts obviously has had a couple of goals with us there too. There was great chemistry from our line this week, and it came with three wins there too, so anytime we can help the team get some wins, it’s awesome.
Fischer has recorded points in 12 of the Roadrunners’ previous 14 games, totaling 24 (12G, 12A) during that span.
“I think personal awards like this go toward the credit of the team you’re playing with and the linemates that you’re playing with, you can’t win that award on your own.”
Ontario took the ice at 11:15 AM for their morning skate-around. The Roadrunners are 3-1-1-0 in their five previous meetings against the Reign this season.
More to come from another busy game day in Tucson.