Game #35 Preview: Tucson at Charlotte
By: Alex Kinkopf
January 21, 2017 10:53 PM
Game #35 – Tucson (20-10-4-0) at Charlotte (17-21-3-0)
11:00 AM MST, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Referees: #43 Tom Chmielewski, #2 Jarrod Ragusin
Linesmen: #98 Beaudry Halkidis, #58 Terry Wicklum
The Other Side: @CheckersHockey
REMATCH: Today marks the second of four meetings with the Checkers this season, and the second of two visits to Charlotte’s Bojangles’ Coliseum. The Checkers are playing the sixth of an eight-game home stand, where they’ve posted a 3-1-1-0 record thus far. The Roadrunners are playing the second of a two-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Checkers on Saturday night.
REBOUND ON THE ROAD: With Saturday night’s loss, the Roadrunners have now dropped each of their previous three games away from Tucson Arena. Tucson is 6-7-2-0 this season in 15 games in opposing buildings; can they snap their road skid with a win this afternoon?
LINEUP: The team will likely align just as they did Saturday night. Adin Hill will make his 17th start of the season, and his first in the Roadrunners’ previous four games. A final, hockey operations-approved lineup will be posted 30 minutes prior to puck drop.
LAURENT DAUPHIN - CHRIS MUELLER - ANTHONY DUCLAIR
MARK OLVER - TYLER GAUDET - HENRIK SAMUELSSON
MICHAEL BUNTING - RYAN MACINNIS - CONOR GARLAND
HUNTER FEJES - TREVOR CHEEK - LINDSAY SPARKS
(STEFAN FOURNIER - GARRET ROSS)
JARRED TINORDI - JAMIE MCBAIN
ANTHONY DEANGELO - ZBYNEK MICHALEK
DAKOTA MERMIS - KYLE WOOD
(BRANDON BURLON - DYSIN MAYO)
ADIN’S IN: Goaltender Adin Hill will make his 17th start of the season this afternoon. Hill comes into the day with an 11-2-3-1 record with a .920 SV% and a 2.77 GAA. He has earned a winning decision in four of his previous five starts; he has not lost a game in regulation since the Roadrunners’ 5-1 loss to the San Diego Gulls on November 30.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on Saturday night, the Roadrunners fell to the Checkers 3-1. Mark Olver scored the lone goal for Tucson, while Justin Peters made 35 saves. Anthony DeAngelo led all Roadrunners played in shots registered with six.
FIGHTING FOR FIRST: The Ontario Reign reclaimed the top spot in the Pacific Division with their 7-2 win over the San Jose Barracuda Saturday, coupled with the Roadrunners’ loss in Charlotte. With a win and an Ontario loss to San Diego Sunday, the Roadrunners can once again leap over the Reign for first-place in the Pacific.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan 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 10:45 AM MST.