Game #36 Preview: Tucson vs. San Diego
By: Alex Kinkopf
January 25, 2017 1:13 PM
Game #36 – Tucson (20-10-5-0) vs San Diego (18-12-2-2)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #8 Ryan Hersey, #17 Peter Tarnaris
Linesmen: #19 Robb Harrell, #81 Travis Smith
WELCOME TO TOWN: Tonight marks the fourth of 12 meetings with the Gulls this season, and the first of San Diego’s six scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Gulls are playing the second of a five-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 3-2 shootout loss to the Ontario Reign on Sunday. The Roadrunners are playing the first of a five-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 2-1 overtime loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Sunday afternoon.
OUR HOUSE: The Roadrunners will play the goals for the first time on home ice tonight. Tucson comes into the night with the second-best home record in the league, posting a 14-3-2-0 record locally. San Diego is 7-6-1-1 in 15 games played away from the Valley View Casino Center this season.
LINEUP: The team held an optional morning skate at Tucson Arena ahead of tonight’s game. Only 14 skaters participated, so the lineup listed below is simply a crack at how Mark Lamb may align tonight’s roster. Laurent Dauphin is tending to personal matters and is not with the team. Justin Peters was the first goaltender off the ice and is projected to make his 11th start of the season.
MICHAEL BUNTING - CHRIS MUELLER - ANTHONY DUCLAIR
MARK OLVER - TYLER GAUDET - HENRIK SAMUELSSON
HUNTER FEJES - RYAN MACINNIS - CONOR GARLAND
STEFAN FOURNIER - TREVOR CHEEK - LINDSAY SPARKS
JARRED TINORDI - JAMIE MCBAIN
ANTHONY DEANGELO - ZBYNEK MICHALEK
DAKOTA MERMIS - KYLE WOOD
SCORE FIRST: The Gulls have registered the first goal of a game the least amount of times by any team in the AHL this season, doing so just 13 times. When they do, however, they’re extremely successful, posting a 10-1-1-0 record. Can the Roadrunners strike for the first goal tonight?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on December 26 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, the Roadrunners came away with a 5-4 shootout victory over the Gulls. Chris Mueller (2G, 1A) led Tucson in points scored with three, including the game-tying goal with 2:26 left in regulation. Mueller scored the game-deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout. Justin Peters made 23 saves in the win, and turned away all four of San Diego’s shootout attempts.
DUKE IN TUC: Forward Anthony Duclair will play his first home game with the Roadrunners tonight, and his third with the club since his assignment this past Thursday. In his first two games, Duclair registered a goal and totaled four shots. Can he provide a boost to Tucson’s offense in front of the home crowd tonight?
GULLS GOALS: The Roadrunners have surrendered a combined 14 goals to San Diego in the team’s three previous meetings this season. Can Tucson keep the Gulls’ scoring in check 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 Tim 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.