Game 38 Preview: Tucson vs. San Diego
By: Alex Kinkopf
January 28, 2017 1:26 PM
Game #38 – Tucson (20-12-5-0) vs San Diego (20-12-2-2)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #45 Peter MacDougall
Linesmen: #94 Bevan Mills, #58 Colin Besch
OH, SAN DIEGO: Tonight marks the sixth of 12 meetings with the Gulls this season, and the third of San Diego’s six scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Gulls are playing the fourth of a five-game road trip, where they’ve posted a 2-0-0-1 record thus far. The Roadrunners are playing the third of a five-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 2-1 loss to San Diego on Friday night.
OFF THE SCHNEID: The Roadrunners have dropped four-straight games for the third time this season. Tucson has yet to lose five games in a row; can they keep from doing so with a win tonight?
LINEUP: The Roadrunners held an optional morning skate ahead of tonight’s game. Conor Garland, who left Friday night’s game early, is out indefinitely and will not be in the lineup. Forward Mark Cooper was recalled from the ECHL’s Rapid City Rush Saturday morning and will slot in if he arrives in time for the game. Justin Peters is expected to make his 12th start of the season.
ANTHONY DUCLAIR - CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
MARK OLVER - TYLER GAUDET - HENRIK SAMUELSSON
MICHAEL BUNTING - RYAN MACINNIS – LINDSAY SPARKS
HUNTER FEJES - TREVOR CHEEK – MARK COOPER
JARRED TINORDI - JAMIE MCBAIN
ANTHONY DEANGELO - ZBYNEK MICHALEK
DAKOTA MERMIS - KYLE WOOD
FRUSTRATION STATION: The Roadrunners have struggled mightily against the Gulls this season, posting a 1-4-0-0 record in their four games against San Diego, their only win coming on December 26 at the Valley View Casino Center, a 5-4 shootout victory.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on Friday night at Tucson Arena, the Roadrunners fell to the Gulls 2-1. Anthony DeAngelo scored in the first period to give Tucson a 1-0 lead, but San Diego’s Chris Wagner scored a pair of goals to secure a victory for the Gulls. Adin Hill made 37 saves in the loss.
ONE FOR THE ROAD: Tonight marks the Roadrunners’ final game at Tucson Arena until February 24. The team will play a pair of “home” games at Gila River Arena on February 3 & 4 before shipping off for a six-game road trip. The Roadrunners are 14-5-2-0 in 21 games played at Tucson Arena 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 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.