Game #56 Preview: Tucson vs. Bakersfield
By: Alex Kinkopf
March 18, 2017 11:43 AM
Game #56 – Tucson (24-25-6-0) vs Bakersfield (27-23-5-1)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #46 Dave Lewis, #33 Reid Anderson
Linesmen: #7 Neil Campbell, #81 Travis Smith
LAST DANCE: Tonight marks the eighth and final meeting with the Condors this season, and Bakersfield’s fourth and final visit to Tucson Arena. The Condors are playing the final of a two-game road trip. The Roadrunners are playing the final of a two-game home stand. Both teams are coming off of a meeting Saturday night in which the Condors won 4-0.
PLAYOFF HOPES: The Roadrunners’ postseason hopes are on the line once again tonight. Can they earn a much-needed victory over the Condors, who hold the Pacific Division’s fourth and final playoff spot?
PROJECTED LINEUP: There is no telling whether any changes will be made to the lines the team skated with Friday night. Marek Langhamer is expected to get the start in net.
LAURENT DAUPHIN – CHRIS MUELLER – JOE WHITNEY
MICHAEL BUNTING – GRAYSON DOWNING – JEREMY MORIN
ERIC SELLECK – TYLER GAUDET – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
MITCH MOROZ – RYAN MACINNIS – CONOR GARLAND – BRANDEN TROOCK
JARRED TINORDI – JAMIE MCBAIN
DAVID MUSIL – ZBYNEK MICHALEK
DAKOTA MERMIS – KYLE WOOD
DYSIN MAYO – BRANDON BURLON
BOUNCE BACK: The Roadrunners are now under .500 for the first time since the first game of the season. They are also in seventh-place in the Pacific Division, which is the lowest they’ve been all year. Can they get back to an even .500 record and gain some ground in the standings with a win tonight?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on Friday night at Tucson Arena, the Roadrunners suffered a 4-0 loss. It was the fifth shut out loss the team suffered this season, and the second at the hands of the Condors. Adin Hill made 17 saves, while Marek Langhamer made 10. The Roadrunners are now 4-2-1-0 in their previous seven meetings with the Condors this season.
TROUBLES AT HOME: The Roadrunners are 0-7-0-0 in their previous seven games played at Tucson Arena, and are 1-8-1-0 in their last nine ‘home’ games. They have not won a game at Tucson Arena since their 4-1 victory over the Ontario Reign on January 18. Can they snap their losing streak on home ice with a victory 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 today’s contest will begin at 6:50 PM MST.