Game #53 Preview: Tucson at Ontario
By: Alex Kinkopf
March 11, 2017 1:45 PM
Game #53 – Tucson (23-23-6-0) at Ontario (29-16-9-0)
7:00 PM MST, Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California
Referees: #19 Tim Mayer, #15 Stephen Thomson
Linesmen: #88 Brent Tubbs, #85 Steve Walsh
REIGN DANCE: Tonight marks the 11th of 12 meetings with the Reign this season, and the fifth of six scheduled visits to Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Reign are playing the first of a two-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 3-2 OT loss to the Bakersfield Condors Friday night. The Roadrunners are playing the fourth of a five-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Gulls on Friday.
PROJECTED LINEUP: It is unclear whether or not any changes will be made to the lines the team used Friday night in San Diego, which are listed below. It is presumed that goaltender Marek Langhamer will get the start in net.
JOE WHITNEY – CHRIS MUELLER – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
LAURENT DAUPHIN – GRAYSON DOWNING - JEREMY MORIN
ERIC SELLECK - TYLER GAUDET - CONOR GARLAND
MITCH MOROZ - RYAN MACINNIS - BRANDEN TROOCK
JARRED TINORDI – JAMIE MCBAIN
DAVID MUSIL – ZBYNEK MICHALEK
DAKOTA MERMIS – KYLE WOOD
(BRANDON BURLON - DYSIN MAYO)
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on March 4 at Citizens Business Bank Arena, the Roadrunners came away with a 2-1 victory over the Reign. Zbynek Michalek and Mitch Moroz scored for Tucson, while Adin Hill made 29 saves in the victory. The Roadrunners are 6-3-1-0 in their previous 10 meetings with the Reign this season; they are 1-3-0-0 at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
HEY, JOE!: Forward Joe Whitney has registered an assist in each of his first three games in a Roadrunners uniform since being acquired in a trade on March 1. Can Whitney keep his point streak going and help the Roadrunners’ offense click tonight against the Reign?
STAYING AFLOAT: With Friday night’s loss, the Roadrunners have momentarily dropped to sixth-place in the Pacific Division. The Roadrunners trail both the Bakersfield Condors and Stockton Heat for the grouping’s fourth and final playoff spot; those two teams are scheduled to match-up with one another tonight at 7:00 PM MST. Can the Roadrunners keep their foot in the door by earning two points 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 6:45 PM MST.