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Game #49 Preview: Tucson vs. Bakersfield

By: Alexander Kinkopf
Game #49 – Tucson (25-17-4-2) vs. Bakersfield (31-15-2-1)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #44 Furman South, #6 Carter Sandlak
Linesmen: #30 Ken Bonham, #90 Mike Sarter
The Roadrunners return home tonight to play at Tucson Arena for the first time in three weeks, hosting the red-hot Bakersfield Condors, who have won each of their previous 15 games.
Tucson comes back after venturing out on its season-long six-game road trip, where they posted a 2-3-0-1 mark, earning five of a possible 12 points for the taking.
Head-to-head, the Roadrunners have had the upper hand against the Condors this season, posting a 3-2-0-0 record against the Edmonton Oilers’ affiliate. All three of Tucson’s wins against Bakersfield have come on the road at Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena.
Emil Pettersson and Jeremy Gregoire are expected to make their home debuts tonight. The forwards, acquired on February 8, played in all six of Tucson’s games during its road trip. Gregoire has three points (3G) since joining the team, Pettersson has four (4A).
Christian Dvorak, who finished Wednesday night’s game in San Diego with two shots registered, will continue his conditioning assignment this evening, playing in his first-ever game at Tucson Arena.
Entering the evening at fourth-place in the Pacific Division, the Roadrunners sit four points behind the third-place San Diego Gulls and four points ahead of the fifth-place Colorado Eagles.
The Gulls host the San Antonio Rampage at 8:00 PM MST, while the Eagles are on the road against the Ontario Reign, that contest scheduled for a 7:00 PM MST start.


FASCHING’S GOT NUMBERS: Forward Hudson Fasching netted the Roadrunners’ opening goal in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the San Diego Gulls. His shorthanded marker was his 12th goal of the year, matching his single-season career-high, which he attained last year in 69 games with the Rochester Americans. With two goals against Bakersfield this season, Fasching enters the evening is the current active leading goal-scorer for the Roadrunners against the Condors.
CONDORS HOT: The Bakersfield Condors come into the night as the AHL’s hottest team, having won each of their last 15 games. The Condors’ streak stretches back to January 12; they’ve won 12 in regulation, three in overtime. Wins seven and eight of Bakersfield’s current run came against the Roadrunners on January 25 & 26 at Tucson Arena. The Condors have scored three or more goals in regulation in 13 of those 15 wins.
GOALS FOR GREGOIRE: Since coming over on February 8 from the Milwaukee Admirals in a trade for future considerations, forward Jeremy Gregoire has been the Roadrunners’ leading goal-scorer, netting three in his six games played with Tucson. Tonight will mark the first time Gregoire has faced the Bakersfield Condors in his 229-game AHL career.


THREE: The Condors are in the AHL’s top-three in goals-for per game (2nd, 3.53) and goals-against per game (3rd, 2.71).




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.
Photo: Kate Dibildox