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Good Morning, Tucson: Craig Cunningham Night

By: Alexander Kinkopf
Good morning from Tucson Arena on a gorgeous day in Southern Arizona ahead of what is to be a very special evening as the club prepares to retire Craig Cunningham’s #14 during a pregame ceremony tonight when they host the Iowa Wild at 7:05 PM.
The club held a morning skate and took the ice just before 10:00 AM. Lawson Crouse, who was assigned to the Roadrunners Wednesday from the Arizona Coyotes, was on the ice with the team for the first time and will likely be in the lineup tonight. Crouse will wear #67.
Fans at tonight’s game will receive a Craig Cunningham bobblehead courtesy of Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital while supplies last.
Cunningham’s #14 will be retired in a banner raising ceremony that is scheduled to start at 7:02 PM.
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The Roadrunners, who begin a six-game home stand tonight, are coming off a four-game road trip that saw them post a 3-0-1-0 record. The team has not lost a game in regulation since its home opener on October 7, a 7-6 loss at the hands of the San Diego Gulls.
The Iowa Wild, who are scheduled for an 11:00 AM morning skate, come into the night having lost two consecutive games and three of their past four. Tonight marks the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.

Conor Garland shared a few thoughts after the morning skate, leading into tonight’s game:
Conor Garland, on the team returning from a successful road trip:
We’re excited to be back home. Obviously road trips are fun, you build some chemistry with the guys and stuff, but you know there’s nothing like playing at home, so we’re excited to be here. Just going and getting five out of 6 points on the road is huge, those were two real good teams we played, including the defending champs too. Those were huge points that we picked up, and hopefully we can continue it.
Garland, on the team’s new systems under the new coaching staff:
It’s more aggressive and we’re playing to our strengths; our speed, our skill, and our hard work. We just try to frustrate teams and play relentless, and it’s been working so far.
Garland, on the team starting a six-game home stand:
We’re going to try and build a home identity. We want it to be a tough place [for other teams] to come in and play. Obviously we haven’t been able to be here at home a whole lot, so it’ll be nice to be here for a bit, live at our places, and be at a familiar rink for a while.

More to come from a beautiful game day in Tucson, Arizona.