Game #61 Preview: Tucson vs. San Antonio
By: Alex Kinkopf
March 28, 2017 12:45 PM
Game #61 – Tucson (25-28-7-0) vs. San Antonio (25-34-5-2)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #8 Ryan Hersey, #40 Keith Kaval
Linesmen: #17 William Hancock, #90 Mike Sarter
SAN ANTONIO AND OUT: Tonight marks the final of six meetings with the Rampage this season, and San Antonio’s third and final visit to Tucson Arena. The Rampage are playing the final of a three-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 2-0 loss to the Ontario Reign Saturday night. The Roadrunners are playing the third of a five-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 5-4 shootout win over the San Jose Barracuda on Sunday.
RAMPAGE REVENGE: The Roadrunners have dropped both of their games to the Rampage this season on home-ice at Tucson Arena, falling 5-2 on December 30 and 4-2 on December 31. Can they keep San Antonio from remaining undefeated in Tucson with a win tonight?
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held a morning skate ahead of tonight’s contest. 19 skaters were on the ice along with goaltenders Marek Langhamer and Adin Hill; Langhamer was the first goalie to leave the ice and is projected to start in net. Grayson Downing (undisclosed) is unlikely to play; chances are the team will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen:
LAURENT DAUPHIN – CHRIS MUELLER – JEREMY MORIN
MICHAEL BUNTING – CONOR GARLAND
JOE WHITNEY – TYLER GAUDET – ERIC SELLECK
MITCH MOROZ – RYAN MACINNIS – BRANDEN TROOCK
JARRED TINORDI – DAKOTA MERMIS
JAMIE MCBAIN – KYLE WOOD
DAVID MUSIL – DYSIN MAYO
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on March 21 at San Antonio’s AT&T Center, the Roadrunners fell to the Rampage by a 4-2 score. Chris Mueller and Michael Bunting scored for Tucson; Marek Langhamer made 28 saves in the loss. The Roadrunners are 1-4-0-0 in five games against the Rampage this season.
CAREER-HIGH CHRIS: Chris Mueller comes into the night with 55 points (14G, 41A) on the season, just two shy of his 57-point mark he tallied with the San Diego Gulls last season and the Texas Stars during the 2013-14 campaign. Mueller is on pace to match or exceed his career-high point total of 60, which he earned during the 2011-12 season with the Milwaukee Admirals. He has three points (1G, 2A) in five games against the Rampage this season.
TUCSON TUESDAYS: The Roadrunners are playing the fifth of their six scheduled Tuesday games tonight. They are 1-3-0-0 in their previous four early week affairs, including a 1-1-0-0 mark at home. Can the team earn a win in their final Tuesday night home game of the regular season 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 6:50 PM MST.