By: Alex Kinkopf
February 24, 2017 1:21 PM
Game #47 – Tucson (22-19-5-0) vs San Jose (31-11-1-3)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #17 Peter Tamaris, #47 Pierre Lambert
Linesmen: #19 Robb Harrell, #81 Travis Smith
The Other Side: @sjbarracuda
AND THEY’RE HOME: Tonight marks the third of eight meetings with the Barracuda, and San Jose’s first of four scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Barracuda are playing the first of a two-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 5-3 win over the Texas Stars on Monday. The Roadrunners are playing the first of a three-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Ontario Reign on Wednesday night.
HOSPITABLE CONFINES: The Roadrunners are set to play their first game at Tucson Arena since January 28. They are 14-6-2-0 in 22 games played in their home building this season, but have dropped their last three contests in familiar territory. Can the Roadrunners notch a win in their homecoming tonight?
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held an optional morning skate at Tucson Arena in anticipation of tonight’s game. It is unclear whether or not there will be any changes made to the lineup the team used Wednesday in Ontario, which is listed below. Marek Langhamer is expected to make his 11th start of the season in net.
LAURENT DAUPHIN – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
ERIC SELLECK – TYLER GAUDET – ANTHONY DUCLAIR
MITCH MOROZ – RYAN MACINNIS – BRANDEN TROOCK
MICHAEL BUNTING – BRENDAN RANFORD – STEFAN FOURNIER
JARRED TINORDI – ZBYNEK MICHALEK
DAKOTA MERMIS – JAMIE MCBAIN
DYSIN MAYO – KYLE WOOD
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on February 14 at the SAP Center, the Roadrunners fell to the Barracuda 4-1. Michael Bunting scored the lone goal for Tucson, redirecting home a Jamie McBain point shot. Marek Langhamer made 35 saves in the loss.
HOT, HOT, HOT: The Barracuda come into the night having won each of their previous 12 contests, a streak that began in their 5-0 win over the Stockton Heat on January 25. San Jose’s streak, which is the longest of any team in the AHL this season, has seen them outscore opponents 48-21. The Barracuda have scored four of more goals in 10 of those 12 contests. Can the Roadrunners keep San Jose’s offense quiet and snap their win-streak tonight?
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: “[San Jose] is a real fast, skilled team,” Christian Fischer said of the Barracuda Friday morning. “You can’t give them the power play because they’ll capitalize, and any turnovers we make are going to kill us, they’re really fast and they transition well. I think it helps us that we played them last week. We know what to expect, we’ve got some video to look over too, so we’ll see if we can put one together here.”
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan and color man 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.