Game #3 Preview: Tucson at Bakersfield
By: Alex Kinkopf
October 22, 2016 1:22 PM
Game #3 – Tucson (1-1-0-0) at Bakersfield (1-1-0-0)
6:00 PM MST, Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, California
Referees: #22 Geno Binda, #48 Chris Schlenker
Linesmen: #23 Adam Bell, #43 Steven Bell
BACK-TO-BACK: Tonight marks the first of eight meetings with the Condors this season and the first of six visits to Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena. The Condors are at home for a one-game stint; the Roadrunners are playing the final contest of a three-game road swing. Bakersfield is coming off of a 5-4 loss to the Manitoba Moose Thursday night; Tucson is coming off of a 2-1 OT victory over the Stockton Heat Friday.
MAIN EVENT: The Roadrunners will serve as the opposition for another team’s home opening contest for the second time this season. Bakersfield will play their first game at Rabobank Arena Saturday evening after starting the campaign with a pair of games against the Manitoba Moose at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. The Condors posted a 17-13-3-1 record on home ice last season, earning 38 of a possible 68 points, finishing sixth out of the Pacific Division’s then-seven teams in that department.
LINEUP: Due to travel and games in consecutive nights, the Roadrunners did not hold a pregame morning skate ahead of Saturday night’s affair. Via Roadrunners hockey operations, an official, approved lineup is listed below (scratches in red):
BRENDAN PERLINI – CHRIS MUELLER – CRAIG CUNNINGHAM
MICHAEL BUNTING – TYLER GAUDET – CONOR GARLAND
GARRET ROSS – RYAN MACINNIS – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
ERIC SELLECK – MARK OLVER – MATIA MARCANTUONI
(STEFAN FOURNIER - HENRIK SAMUELSSON - TREVOR CHEEK)
DAKOTA MERMIS – ZBYNEK MICHALEK
JARRED TINORDI – ANTHONY DEANGELO
BRANDON BURLON – KYLE WOOD
(DYSIN MAYO – JUSTIN HACHE)
MAKING MOVES: Defenseman Jarred Tinordi was assigned to the Roadrunners early on Saturday. He is with the team in Bakersfield, and is eligible to draw into Mark Lamb’s lineup. Tinordi has played in 158 career AHL games, all with the Hamilton Bulldogs from 2012-’15. Goaltender Austin Lotz has been recalled from the ECHL’s Rapid City Rush. It is unclear whether or not he will be able to provide backup duties Saturday night.
ADIN’S IN: There’s a very good chance that Adin Hill will make his Roadrunners debut Saturday night in Bakersfield. Hill, who was recalled from the Rapid City Rush on Wednesday, made his professional debut last season in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons. Hill, in four career AHL starts, has a 1-3-0 record with a 3.05 GAA and a .905 SV%.
FOUR SCORE: Bakersfield has had no problems offensively through their first two games of the season, posting a total of eight goals, scoring four in each of their meetings against the Manitoba Moose. Jujhar Khaira leads the Condors in scoring with four points (3G, 1A), and is coming off of a two-goal outing on Thursday night.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch tonight’s action on AHLLive.com. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan will be on 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 5:45 PM MST.
WOOD’S WORKING – Defenseman Kyle Wood assisted on both of Tucson’s goals Friday night, and currently leads the team in scoring through two games with five points (1G, 4A).
BAM BAM CUNNINGHAM – Craig Cunningham scored again Friday night, and comes into Saturday night’s contest with a team-leading three goals on the season.
ROAD THEN HOME – The Roadrunners will return to Tucson for a five-game home stand following tonight’s game in Bakersfield.