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NEWS & STATS

Game #26 - Tucson at San Diego

By: Alex Kinkopf
 
 
TUCSON ROADRUNNERS 4, SAN DIEGO GULLS 1
Final | 0:00 Remaining
 
 
Tucson (13-9-2-1) at San Diego (14-11-1-0)
Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 8:00 p.m. MST
Valley View Casino Center | San Diego, California
 
Reference: Media Kit | Box Score
 

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Stats/Scoring

SOG - TUC 34; SD 26
PP – TUC 1/6; SD 1/7
 
FIRST PERIOD:
 
1) TUC PPG - Nick Merkley (Kyle Capobianco, Tye McGinn) 2:46
2) TUC - Michael Bunting (Mario Kempe, Nick Merkley) 9:49
 
SECOND PERIOD:
 
3) SD PPG - Corey Tropp (Jaycob Megna, Kalle Kossila) - 7:26
 
THIRD PERIOD:
 
4) TUC - Tyler Gaudet (Mario Kempe, Adam Clendening) 1:13
5) TUC - Mike Sislo (Unassisted) 7:22
 

Roadrunners Lineup

FORWARDS
MICHAEL BUNTING (27) - MARIO KEMPE (20) - NICK MERKLEY (38)
TYE MCGINN (16) - LANE PEDERSON (18) - CONOR GARLAND (8)
TREVOR CHEEK (39) - RYAN MACINNIS (72) - MIKE SISLO (9)
EMERSON ETEM (26) - TYLER GAUDET (10) - JENS LOOKE (24)
 
DEFENSEMEN
JOEL HANLEY (44) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
KYLE CAPOBIANCO (23) - DAKOTA MERMIS (43)
KEVIN EKMAN-LARSSON (7) - ADAM CLENDENING (4)
 
GOALTENDERS
ADIN HILL (33)
HUNTER MISKA (35)

Notes

Pregame:

  • Adin Hill leads the Roadrunners out onto the ice, set to make his 12th start of the season. He carries a 5-6-1 record into the evening. He is 1-2-0 in two starts and three appearances against the Gulls this season.
  • With Dylan Strome scratched and Lawson Crouse recalled, Michael Bunting and Mario Kempe will join Nick Merkley on the first line.
  • The team will be without its captain, Andrew Campbell, for the second consecutive game. 
  • San Diego comes in hot. They've won five straight, seven of their past eight, and their previous three on home ice at the Valley View Casino Center. The Roadrunners have not won in this building since February 17, 2017.

First Period:

  • Nick Merkley strikes on the Roadrunners' first power play of the evening, firing home a wrist shot from the top of the right circle to give Tucson a 1-0 lead. His 13th goal of the season, and his eighth of the power play variety - which leads all AHL rookies.
  • Michael Bunting gives the Roadrunners a 2-0 lead at the 9:34 mark, his eighth goal of the season, upon following up a missed Nick Merkley breakaway opportunity.
  • Roadrunners capitalize on their first power play opportunity - San Diego entered the night with the AHL's worst penalty kill percentage.
  • Adin Hill stops all 10 shots faced.

Second Period:

  • Tucson finds itself in penalty trouble during the middle frame, taking three minor penalties.
  • Corey Tropp cuts the Roadrunners' lead in half at the 7:26 mark.
  • Adin Hill makes arguably the save of the year in the closing moments of the second period to preserve the Roadrunners' 2-1 lead heading into the third period.

Third Period:

  • The Roadrunners dominate in offensive zone time in the third, outshooting the Gulls by a 16-8 count.
  • Tyler Gaudet gave Tucson a 3-1 lead at the 1:13 mark; Mike Sislo a 4-1 lead at the 7:22 mark.
  • The 4-1 win marked only the team's second-ever regulation victory at the Valley View Casino Center.

Highlights

  • Nick Merkley wrists home the game's opening goal 2:36 into the first period.

  • Michael Bunting, following up a rush, jams home the Roadrunners' second goal of the evening.

  • Tye McGinn gives the Roadrunners a 3-1 lead early in the third period.

  • Mike Sislo gives the Roadrunners a 4-1 lead.


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