By: Alex Kinkopf
March 21, 2017 10:55 AM
Game #57 – Tucson (24-26-6-0) at San Antonio (24-32-5-2)
5:00 PM MST, AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Referees: #56 Brett Iverson, #57 Andrew Wilk
Linesmen: #98 John Grandt, #46 Eli Rivera
TEXAS TRIP: Tonight marks the fifth of six meetings with the Rampage this season, and the Roadrunners’ third and final visit to San Antonio’s AT&T Center. The Rampage are playing the final of a four-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 4-3 shootout loss to the San Diego Gulls on Saturday night. The Roadrunners are playing the first of a two-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 4-3 loss to the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday.
WINS NECESSARY: The Roadrunners enter the night outside of the playoff picture at seventh-place in the Pacific Division. With two games in the next two days, and with both the Bakersfield Condors and Stockton Heat idle until Friday, the Roadrunners have an opportunity to gain some crucial ground. Can they do so with two points earned tonight?
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held a morning skate at the AT&T Center in anticipation of tonight’s game. Zbynek Michalek and Christian Fischer, who have been recalled by the Arizona Coyotes, are no longer with the team. Below is a projected look at how the team may skate Tuesday night:
LAURENT DAUPHIN – CHRIS MUELLER – JOE WHITNEY
MICHAEL BUNTING – GRAYSON DOWNING – JEREMY MORIN
ERIC SELLECK – TYLER GAUDET – BRANDEN TROOCK
MITCH MOROZ – RYAN MACINNIS – CONOR GARLAND
JARRED TINORDI – JAMIE MCBAIN
DAVID MUSIL – BRANDON BURLON
DAKOTA MERMIS – KYLE WOOD
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on December 31 at Tucson Arena, the Roadrunners fell to the Rampage by a 4-2 score. Christian Fischer and Tyler Gaudet scored the two goals for the Roadrunners; Marek Langhamer made 15 saves in the loss. Joe Whitney, now with the Roadrunners, scored the game’s first goal for the Rampage and finished the night with two points.
THE JOE SHOW: Forward Joe Whitney will return to San Antonio for the first time since being acquired by the Roadrunners from the Rampage in a trade on March 1. In seven games with Tucson, Whitney has registered four points (1G, 3A). He totaled 28 points (11G, 17A) in 55 games with San Antonio prior to the trade.
SAN ANTONIO STRUGGLES: The Roadrunners come into the night with a 1-3-0-0 record against the Rampage this season, their lone win coming in the teams’ first-ever meeting on December 16 when Christian Fischer scored a hat-trick in a 5-4 overtime victory at the AT&T Center.
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 today’s contest will begin at 4:45 PM MST.