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Game #36 Preview: Tucson at San Antonio

By: Alex Kinkopf
 
 
Game #36 – Tucson (20-12-2-1) at San Antonio (22-16-2-0)
6:30 PM MST, AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Referees: #15 Stephen Thomson, #12 Peter Schlittenhardt
Linesmen: #71 Mitch MacPherson, #24 Eric McDonald
 
TWO IN TEXAS: Tonight marks the first of four meetings with the Rampage this season, and the first of two scheduled visits to San Antonio’s AT&T Center. The Roadrunners are playing the first of a two-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 5-3 loss to the San Diego Gulls on Wednesday. The Rampage are playing the fourth of an eight-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 3-1 win over the Ontario Reign on Wednesday night.
 
 
KNOWING THE NEIGHBORS: The Roadrunners will play their 27th consecutive game against a Pacific Division opponent tonight – they have posted a 14-11-0-1 record so far during that span. The team’s intra-division stretch will come to a close following Saturday’s game, as they’ll return home next weekend to host the Central Division’s Chicago Wolves. The Rampage will be the 11th opponent the Roadrunners have faced this season; San Antonio’s AT&T Center will be the eighth building the team has visited.
 
SISLO FOR SUPPORT: Mike Sislo enters the evening with a five game points streak, the longest current one on the club. He’s scored a goal in each of his past two games, and is currently tied for third on the team in scoring with 22 points (12G, 10A). Can he continue to find the score sheet tonight in San Antonio?
 
 
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held a morning skate at the AT&T Center ahead of tonight’s game. Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 4:30 PM this afternoon.
 
FORWARDS
LAWSON CROUSE (67) - DYLAN STROME (91) - MARIO KEMPE (39)
MICHAEL BUNTING (27) -  LAURENT DAUPHIN (15) - MIKE SISLO (9)
RYAN KUJAWINSKI (17) - TYLER GAUDET (10) - CONOR GARLAND (8)
JENS LOOKE (24) - LANE PEDERSON (18) - DANIEL MAGGIO (47)
 
DEFENSEMEN
DAKOTA MERMIS (43) - ANDREW CAMPBELL (2)
KYLE CAPOBIANCO (23) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
KYLE WOOD (7) - JOEL HANLEY (44)
 
GOALTENDERS
HUNTER MISKA (35)
ADIN HILL (33)
 
SWEDE CONNECTION: Forwards Mario Kempe and Jens Looke connected for the second time in four games on Wednesday for a goal as the two continue to provide support to the club’s offensive scheme. Kempe has registered nine points (2G, 7A) in his last seven games played, Looke six (1G, 5A) in his last seven games played.
 
 
CATCHING UP: Despite their schedule ramping of as of late, the Roadrunners are tied with the San Jose Barracuda with the fewest games played in the AHL. Entering the night, both clubs have played 35 games. Only one team in the league has played fewer road games than the Roadrunners’ 15 – the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who have played 14.
 
THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Roadrunners posted a 2-4-0-0 record in six meetings with the Rampage last season, going 1-2-0-0 at both Tucson Arena and San Antonio’s AT&T Center. The Roadrunners return to the site of where the first-hat trick in team history was scored, done so by Christian Fischer in the club’s 5-4 overtime win on December 16, 2016.
 
 
IS HE DUE?: Dylan Strome was held without a point for just the seventh time in 26 games played Wednesday morning against San Diego. The Roadrunners are 2-3-2-0 when Strome is in the lineup and held off the score sheet. He has gone without a point in consecutive games on just one occasion this season – that dry stretch coming against the Cleveland Monsters on November 3 & 4 at Tucson Arena. Can Strome bring his scoring touch to San Diego tonight?
 
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 6:15 PM.