Tucson, Arizona – The Arizona Coyotes announced Friday that defenseman Michael Kesselring and forward Boko Imama have been assigned to the Tucson Roadrunners. Kesselring has taken the ice for each of Arizona’s last two wins, while Imama has been in the lineup for all three victories on the Coyotes active winning streak dating back to Sunday, March 12. The pair represent two of the 10 total Roadrunners players that have received NHL call-ups on the year.
In Thursday’s 3-2 Coyotes win over the Vancouver Canucks, Michael Kesselring registered a hit and three shots on goal over 18:27 of total ice time, while Imama recorded two hits. Imama finished third on the Coyotes in hits on Tuesday, March 14 with four, as Arizona defeated the Calgary Flames in overtime by a score of 4-3. Meanwhile, Kesselring posted two hits and two blocked shots in Tuesday’s matchup from Mullett Arena with 21:14 of time on ice, which ranked fourth on the team. Imama also tallied two hits and a blocked shot in the Coyotes 5-4 overtime win at home against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, March 12.
Defenseman Michael Kesselring was acquired by the Arizona Coyotes from the Edmonton Oilers on March 2 and made his National Hockey League debut the following night on March 3 at Mullett Arena against the Carolina Hurricanes. The 23-year-old was assigned to Tucson and made his Roadrunners debut on March 4 against the San Diego Gulls at Tucson Arena. In his latest AHL action with Tucson for a two-game series in Milwaukee against the Admirals, Kesselring recorded a goal and an assist in the series opener on Friday, March 10, and dropped the gloves for his third fight of the season on Saturday, March 11. Before being acquired by Arizona, Kesselring had amassed 22 points (13g 9a) in 49 games for the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors. His 14 total goals this season are tied for second among all American Hockey League defensemen.
The Coyotes are 4-0 with Boko Imama in the lineup this season with all four matchups taking place at Mullett Arena after the 26-year-old made his season debut on Tuesday, March 7. Imama’s last two appearances with the Roadrunners were on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 in Milwaukee, where he tallied three shots on goal and a plus-one in the Roadrunners 3-2 win over the Admirals in Friday’s series opener and took on Milwaukee’s Anthony Angello on Saturday for his fifth AHL fight of the season.
The Roadrunners are home this weekend to host the Calgary Wranglers, AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, for a two-game series at the Tucson Arena Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18. For more information on the weekend and to purchase tickets, visit TucsonRoadrunners.com/Fun. Meanwhile, the Arizona Coyotes will take on the Chicago Blackhawks for the final matchup of their four-game home stand at Mullett Arena on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. MST.