By: Alex Kinkopf
October 28, 2016 10:30 AM
Good morning from Tucson Arena, where the Roadrunners took to the ice just before 10:00 AM for a pregame skate that lasted just over 45 minutes in length.
In total, 25 players took the ice: 15 forwards, eight defensemen, and two goaltenders.
Goaltender Adin Hill was the first to leave the ice; he is expected to get the call in net tonight. Forwards Stefan Fournier, Matia Marcantuoni and Trevor Cheek remained on the ice for extra work with defensemen Justin Hache and Dysin Mayo; those players are likely tonight’s healthy scratches. Zbynek Michalek was not with the team and his status is unclear.
With the forwards donning brick-red practice jerseys, the defenseman and goaltenders in black, the players, this morning, aligned thusly:
BRENDAN PERLINI – CHRIS MUELLER – CRAIG CUNNINGHAM
MICHAEL BUNTING – TYLER GAUDET – CHRISTIAN FISCHER
GARRET ROSS – RYAN MACINNIS – CONOR GARLAND
ERIC SELLECK – MARK OLVER – HENRIK SAMUELSSON
(STEFAN FOURNIER – MATIA MARCANTUONI – TREVOR CHEEK)
BRANDON BURLON – JAMIE MCBAIN
JARRED TINORDI – ANTHONY DEANGELO
DAKOTA MERMIS – KYLE WOOD
(JUSTIN HACHE – DYSIN MAYO)
Head Coach Mark Lamb touched on a couple of topics on Thursday afternoon ahead of Friday night’s home opener. Here’s what he had to say:
Mark Lamb, on how he’s feeling heading into Friday’s game:
“I think we’re feeling really good. From the coach’s perspective, there are still a lot of things that you want to work on, but you have to worry about time. There are a lot of things going on right now, a few different distractions, a few different meetings that you have to do, the players have their own meetings and stuff. There’s always stuff you have to work at, but you don’t want to put an overload on the guys, you want to come out – you don’t want to stand out there and think all of the time, it’s a new building for us, it’s a new atmosphere, everything’s new, so we want to come out and play hockey. “
Lamb, on if he’s looking forward to debuting at Tucson Arena:
“I’m excited for everything. There’s only one first game at home, we played our first game away, and I’m kind of glad we started out on the road to get a few of the kinks out. When you’re playing at home you’ve got last change, I know the league a little bit better, we can scout the other teams a little bit better, we’ve played this team before, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Festivities begin outside Tucson Arena at 5:00 PM today, which includes food trucks, iHeart Radio tents, and a Coyotes mobile fan zone. Doors to Tucson Arena open to the public at 5:30.
The Stockton Heat took the ice just after 11:15 AM for their morning skate. There’s more to come, including a comprehensive game preview, from a very busy and exciting day here in the Old Pueblo.
For now, take-in some photos from the Roadrunners’ first-ever official pregame morning skate at Tucson Arena.