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Game #41 Preview: Tucson vs. Colorado

By: Alexander Kinkopf
Game #41 – Tucson (23-13-3-1) vs. Colorado (20-17-3-1)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #78 Jeremy Tufts, #27 Ben O’Quinn
Linesmen: #20 Brent Hooks, #90 Mike Sarter
Coming out of the AHL All-Star break, the Roadrunners re-introduce themselves with their regular season schedule as they get set to host the Colorado Eagles tonight at Tucson Arena.
Through the teams’ first six games played, the Roadrunners are 2-4-0-0, including a 1-1-0-0 mark on home ice.
The Eagles are on the tail end of playing six consecutive games on the road, and are 2-2-0-0 through the first four.
The Roadrunners will be without forward Michael Bunting and defenseman Kyle Capobianco due to the two being recalled to the Arizona Coyotes earlier this week. Capobianco, the team’s leading scorer with 32 points (7G, 25A), has yet to miss a game this season.
Forward Domenic Alberga was signed to his third PTO on Thursday and is with the team.
Colorado is the Pacific’s first team on the outside looking in, coming into the night at fifth-place in the Division with 44 points.
There is a possibility the Roadrunners could bump themselves up to second-place or fall to fourth-place at evening’s end. The second-place Bakersfield Condors host Iowa and the fourth-place San Diego Gulls host Ontario with both games set for 8:00 PM MST starts.


IRON MAN: Forward Hudson Fasching tonight will become the only player to have dressed in every Roadrunners game played this season with Kyle Capobianco out of the lineup due to NHL recall. The big bodied 23-year-old power forward has 23 points (11G, 12A) in 40 games played, but has been held scoreless in six meetings with Colorado.
NO STREAKING: The Roadrunners have lost three-straight games only once this season, that stretch of defeats coming from December 12-16. After suffering back-to-back losses to the Bakersfield Condors last weekend, the team dropped consecutive home games for just the second time all year.
HEAVY HILL: Goaltender Adin Hill has taken on a heavy workload of late, starting each of the Roadrunners’ last three games. The last time Hill got the nod against the Eagles on January 21 at Colorado’s Budweiser Events Center, he was perfect, pitching his first AHL shutout of the season, turning away all 21 shots he faced in the Roadrunners’ 2-0 win.


FOUR: Brayden Burke leads all Roadrunners in scoring against the Eagles this season with four points (1G, 3A) in six games played against Colorado.




Catch tonight’s action LIVE on AHLTV or join Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Adrian Denny on AM 1450 Fox Sports Tucson as he calls the game from the Roadrunners’ flagship radio station, where coverage begins at 6:50 PM.