Venturing out on the road for the first time this regular season, the Roadrunners kick-off a three-game trip tonight when they take on the San Diego Gulls at the Valley View Casino Center. The affair will mark the second of eight meetings between the clubs this season, and the first of Tucson’s four scheduled visits to San Diego.
“For us, it’s just another hockey game,” Lane Pederson stressed Thursday when asked about what is expected to be a hostile atmosphere in San Diego. “It’s game number two, we’re trying to build off of what we did on opening night, take strides forward, and keep this thing rolling and going in the right direction.”
“I don’t think there was a building we went into last year that we were afraid to step into."
The Roadrunners begin their first road trip of the year Friday night in a rematch with the Gulls.
The Roadrunners’ 24-7-2-1 record in opposing buildings last season was the best in the Western Conference and second in the AHL. Dating back to December 27, 2017, the Roadrunners have earned points in four of their previous five visits to San Diego, going 3-1-0-1 during that span.
FOUR!: The Roadrunners have a bit of a streak going against their I-8 Border rival, having won four consecutive contests against the Gulls dating back to April 11 of last season, outscoring San Diego by a 19-9 margin.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: 12 Roadrunners players found the score sheet in the team’s opening night victory over the Gulls last Saturday at Tucson Arena. Five names: Robbie Russo (2A), Laurent Dauphin (1G, 1A), Lane Pederson (2A), Adam Helewka (2G), Jens Looke (2G) finished the evening with multiple points.
You can catch tonight’s action at Brother John’s Beer Bourbon & BBQ, the official watch party location for all Roadrunners road games during the 2018-19 season. A live telecast is available on AHLTV; Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Adrian Denny will have the radio call on AM 1450 Fox Sports Tucson, with coverage starting at 6:45 PM.