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Last Week Today: Break's Over

By: Alexander Kinkopf

The Rundown:

Productivity - that's how the week began, and isn't that how we'd all like it? The Roadrunners’ three player representatives produced at an eye-opening rate on national television, combining for 17 points in the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge on Monday night.
Nick Merkley led all players in points with seven (2G, 5A), Kyle Capobianco right behind with six (3G, 3A), which was the second-highest total. Dylan Strome finished the night with three goals and an assist – his assist by far and away the highlight of the event, good for #3 on SportsCenter’s ‘Top 10 Plays’.
The Pacific Division, of which Merkley, Capobianco, and Strome represented, went 3-0 in round-robin play, but ultimately fell to the North Division by a 1-0 score in the championship game.
Photo of the year? Photo of the year.
Then, the team's season-long six-game road trip commenced.
The Roadrunners began the 13-day journey Friday night, picking up a 4-1 win over the Ontario Reign. Mario Kempe jumpstarted the team’s offense with a pair of first period goals; Artur Tyanulin would register his first American Hockey League point in the third period.
On Saturday night, the Roadrunners suffered just their fourth regulation loss on the road, falling 4-1 to the San Diego Gulls. Mario Kempe scored the team’s lone goal – registering his 20th point of the season.
The line of Mario Kempe, Laurent Dauphin, and Conor Garland combined for eight points (4G, 4A) during the weekend.

Where They Stand:

Record: 24-14-2-1 (.622 win %)
Pacific Division: 1st Place
Western Conference: 2nd Place
League: 6th Place

The Week That Was:

Friday, February 2
Roadrunners (4) at Reign (1)
Citizens Business Bank Arena
Saturday, February 3
Roadrunners (1) at Gulls (4)
Valley View Casino Center

Up & Down

Recalls (TUC --> ARI)
  • Wednesday, January 31: Kyle Capobianco
  • Friday, February 2: Adin Hill
Assignments (ARI --> TUC)
  • Sunday, February 4: Adin Hill
  • Wednesday, January 31: Ryan Culkin (FW --> TUC)
  • Thursday, February 1: Artur Tyanulin (FW --> TUC)
  • Friday, February 2: Michael Houser (FW --> TUC)

Alumni in Action:

Christian Fischer registered his 10th assist of the season when he established the sequence that led to Kevin Connauton’s goal against the Dallas Stars Thursday night at Gila River Arena.

Highlight of the Week:

But what else? Locked in a 3-3 tie with the North Division late in the Pacific Division’s third and final round-robin game in the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge, Dylan Strome found Rasmus Anderrson with a dazzling spin-o-rama pass to set-up the game-winning goal with 11 seconds left to play.

Photo of the Week:

Captain Andrew Campbell checks in on goaltender Hunter Miska, who was taking a breather amidst a busy 32-save performance during a stoppage in play Saturday night at the Valley View Casino Center. (Credit: S. Sidell – San Diego Gulls)