Game #58 Preview: Tucson at Texas
By: Alex Kinkopf
March 22, 2017 10:48 AM
Game #58 – Tucson (24-27-6-0) at Texas (28-30-1-4)
5:30 PM MST, H-E-B Center, Cedar Park, Texas
Referees: #56 Brett Iverson, #57 Andrew Wilk
Linesmen: #98 John Grandt, #30 Fred Hudy
The Other Side: @TexasStars
GOING FOR TWO: Tonight marks the sixth and final meeting with the Stars this season, and the Roadrunners’ third and final visit to Texas’ H-E-B Center. The Stars are playing the first of a four-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Monsters Saturday night. The Roadrunners are playing the second of a two-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 4-2 loss to the San Antonio Rampage on Tuesday.
STAR-STRUCK: The Roadrunners are winless in their two previous visits to Texas this season, falling to the Stars 3-2 on February 10, and 6-2 on February 11. Other than San Jose’s SAP Center, Texas’ H-E-B Center is the only opposing building in the Pacific Division the Roadrunners have not won a game in this season.
PROJECTED LINEUP: The Roadrunners held an optional morning skate at the H-E-B Center ahead of tonight’s game. It is unclear whether or not any changes will be made to the lines the team skated with Tuesday night. Adin Hill is expected to get the start in net.
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 February 11, the Roadrunners fell to the Stars by a 6-2 score at the H-E-B Center. Christian Fischer and Eric Selleck scored for the Roadrunners; Adin Hill stopped 22 of 28 shots faced in the loss. The Roadrunners are 2-2-1-0 in their previous five meetings against the Stars this season.
PLAYING-TIME PETERS: Former Roadrunners netminder Justin Peters has made 20 starts for the Stars since being dealt to Texas on February 1. He has an 8-10-2-0 record with his new club, posting a 2.82 GAA and a .898 SV%. He earned victories in both of the Stars’ wins over the Roadrunners on February 10 and 11.
HOME STRETCH: Following tonight’s contest, the Roadrunners will return to Tucson Arena for their final home stand of the season, a span of five games that stretches from March 25 to April 1. The team is 9-16-3-0 on the road this season; can they earn their 10th win in opposing buildings 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 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 5:15 PM MST.