Game #33 Preview: Tucson vs. Ontario
By: Alex Kinkopf
January 18, 2017 11:39 AM
Game #33 – Tucson (19-9-4-0) vs Ontario (19-8-6-0)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #7 Michael Mullen, #10 Terry Koharski
Linesmen: #59 Rob Fay, #81 Travis Smith
REIGN DANCE: Tonight marks the seventh of 12 meetings with the Reign this season, and Ontario’s sixth and final visit to Tucson Arena. Ontario is playing the final of a two-game road trip. The Roadrunners are playing the final of a five-game home stand, where they’ve posted a 4-0-0-0 record thus far; they’re coming off of a 3-2 victory over the Reign on Monday night.
CHASING HISTORY: With a win tonight, the Roadrunners can set a new franchise record by earning their fifth consecutive victory. Tucson has strung together four-game win streaks on three separate occasions this season, but have never won five in a row.
LINEUP: The team held a morning skate in anticipation of tonight’s game. There don’t appear to be any changes made to the lines used in Monday night’s 3-2 victory. Justin Peters looks to be in line to make his second consecutive start tonight:
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)
HOT AT HOME: Tonight marks Ontario’s sixth and final visit to Tucson Arena this season. The Roadrunners are 4-0-1-0 against the Reign on home ice; their only loss coming in overtime on December 7. Three of the Roadrunners’ five previous games against the Reign on home ice this season have gone to overtime. Can Tucson continue their success against Ontario at home with a win tonight?
BATTLE FOR FIRST: The Roadrunners could take over first place in the Pacific Division with a regulation win over Ontario. The San Jose Barracuda, who are situated in second place and have the same .656 W% at the Roadrunners, do not play tonight, giving Tucson the opportunity to bump up two spots if they are to earn a regulation victory.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on Monday night, the Roadrunners skated away to a 3-2 victory. Chris Mueller, Henrik Samuelsson, and Zbynek Michalek scored for Tucson, while Justin Peters made 33 saves. The Roadrunners are 4-1-1-0 in their six meetings with the Reign so far this season.
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.