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Game #4 Preview: Tucson at Chicago

By: Alexander Kinkopf
Game #4 – Tucson (2-1-0-0) at Chicago (1-2-1-0)
2:00 PM PST, Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Referees: #21 Chris Pontes, #22 Andrew Bruggeman
Linesmen: #27 Mike Daltrey, #68 Rhodes Dolan
REACQUAINTED WITH WOLVES: Today marks the second of four meetings with the Wolves this season, and the second and final visit to Chicago’s Allstate Arena. The Roadrunners are playing the third of a four-game road trip; the Wolves are playing the third of a four-game home stand. Both clubs are coming off a meeting Saturday night in which the Roadrunners won, 4-3.
WHEN I’M GONE: The Roadrunners will look to remain undefeated in opposing buildings with a win this afternoon. 2-0-0-0 in two games away from Tucson Arena this season, the club is putting a positive spin on an aspect they struggled with last year, when they posted a 12-17-5-0 mark as visitors.
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team did not hold a pregame morning skate ahead of today’s game. Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 12:00 PM this afternoon. *UPDATED:
SISLO (9) - STROME (91) - MERKLEY (38)
ETEM (26) - MACINNIS (72) - LOOKE (24)
BUNTING (27) - GAUDET (10) - GARLAND (8)
LARRAZA (16) - LATTA (46) - TYANULIN (13)
HANLEY (44) - MAYO (37)
MISKA (35)
FOUR SCORE: The Roadrunners have scored four goals in each of their previous two games respectively, and a total of 14 in their three contests played this season. In averaging 4.66 goals per game, the team’s offense has been promisingly productive and consistent. Can the team continue to receive a heavy dose of offensive support this afternoon?
GOOD STUFF: “I think first and foremost we want to get off to a good start and play well,” defenseman Mike Sislo said prior to the team departing for Chicago. “No matter where we’re at, we want to be working hard and playing the right way.” The Roadrunners were able to encapsulate the ‘good start’ they were looking for Saturday night. Can they carry over that momentum into Sunday afternoon’s affair?
HAMMER TIME: Due to the nature of today’s game being the second half of a back-to-back, there is a firm possibility that goaltender Marek Langhamer will make his season debut this afternoon. In 25 games during the 2016-17 campaign, Langhamer posted a 8-11-2-0 record with a 3.36 GAA and a 9.02 SV%.
STREAKING: Defenseman Kyle Capobianco, with his assist on Mike Sislo’s goal Saturday night, is now the only player to register a point (3A) in all three of the club’s games thus far. Emerson Etem has found the score sheet in each of the two games he’s played, totaling three points (1G, 2A). Dylan Strome now has three assists in his two games played in a Roadrunners uniform.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan will have the radio call on AM 1450 Fox Sports Tucson. Radio coverage begins at 1:45 PM.