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Game #42 Preview: Tucson at Texas

By: Alex Kinkopf
 
 
Game #42 – Tucson (21-15-5-0) at Texas (22-20-1-2)
6:00 PM MST, HEB Center, Cedar Park, Texas
Referees: #90 Mike Langin
Linesmen: #30 Fred Hudy, #12 Carl Sasyn
 
Live Game Day Coverage: @RoadrunnersAHL / @RRVoiceTom / @AEKinkopf
The Other Side: @TexasStars
 
TEXAS FOR TWO: Tonight marks the fifth of six meeting with the Stars this season, and the second of the Roadrunners’ three scheduled visits to Texas’ HEB Center. The Stars are playing the third of a five-game home stand, where they’ve posted a 2-0-0-0 record thus far. The Roadrunners are playing the second of a six-game road trip. The teams are coming off of a game Friday night in which the Stars won 3-2.
 
 
ROAD WOES: The Roadrunners are without a road win since their victory over the Stockton Heat on December 28 at Stockton Arena. Since then, Tucson is 0-3-2-0 in opposing buildings. In 17 games away from Tucson Arena this season, the Roadrunners are 6-8-3-0.
 
 
LINEUP: The team held a morning skate at the HEB Center in anticipation of tonight’s game. An official, hockey operations-approved lineup will be posted to tonight's Live Blog 30 minutes prior to puck drop. Adin Hill is projected to get the start in net:
 
FORWARDS:
BRENDAN RANFORD – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
MICHAEL BUNTING – LAURENT DAUPHIN – ANTHONY DUCLAIR
ERIC SELLECK – TYLER GAUDET – BRANDEN TROOCK
MARK OLVER – RYAN MACINNIS – CONOR GARLAND
(STEFAN FOURNIER - MITCH MOROZ)
 
DEFENSEMEN:
JARRED TINORDI – JAMIE MCBAIN
ANTHONY DEANGELO – KYLE WOOD
DAKOTA MERMIS – ZBYNEK MICHALEK
(BRANDON BURLON)
 
GOALTENDERS:
ADIN HILL
MAREK LANGHAMER
 
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on Friday night at the HEB Center, the Roadrunners suffered their first regulation loss to the Stars this season, falling 3-2. Chris Mueller and Christian Fischer scored for the Roadrunners; Marek Langhamer made 23 saves in the loss. Tucson is now 2-1-1-0 in their four contests played against the Stars this season.
 
 
FAM-HILL-IARITY: Adin Hill is expected to make his 22nd start of the season tonight, and what will be his fourth against the Stars. He is 12-5-4-1 with a .921 SV% and a 2.72 GAA. Hill has been rather successful against Texas this season, putting up a 2-0-1-0 record with a .921 SV% and a 2.94 GAA. Can Hill put together another solid outing against the Stars tonight?
 
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 5:45 PM MST.