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Last Week Today: Shutdown Central

By: Alexander Kinkopf
 
 

The Rundown:

Back home to provide an air of balance after playing a healthy portion of their first 10 games on the road, the Roadrunners swept their three-game stick at Tucson Arena, scoring frequently and shutting down opposition to claim first-place in the Pacific Division. They earned all six standings points for the taking, posting a 3-0-0-0 mark.
 
The Roadrunners beat the San Diego Gulls for the seventh-straight time Wednesday night, earning a 6-3 win as goaltender Merrick Madsen pocketed his first AHL win in his first AHL start.
 
 
Next up: the San Jose Barracuda, who came to town for a two-game weekend set on Friday and Saturday, and did so as arguably the league’s hottest, most dangerous team. Merrick Madsen stole the show both nights, posting back-to-back shutouts as the Roadrunners skated to 5-0 and 1-0 victories, respectively.
 
 
Including playoffs, the Roadrunners have now held the Barracuda scoreless at Tucson Arena in four consecutive games.
 
During the home stand, Madsen went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .956 SV%. He has not allowed a goal in his last 123:05 minutes of play.
 
Four players combined to score four or more points during the week: Robbie Russo (4A), Michael Bunting (1G, 3A), David Ullstrom (2G, 2A), and Mario Kempe (2G, 3A).
 
The Roadrunners improved to 5-1-0-0 on home ice.
 


Where They Stand:

Record: 9-3-0-1 (.731 pts %)
Pacific Division: 1st Place
Western Conference: 2nd Place
League: 4th Place
 


The Week That Was:

Wednesday, November 7
Roadrunners (6) vs. Gulls (3)
Tucson Arena
 
Friday, November 9
Roadrunners (5) vs. Barracuda (0)
Tucson Arena
 
Saturday, November 10
Roadrunners (1) vs. Barracuda (0)
Tucson Arena
 


Up & Down

Recalls (TUC --> ARI)
  • Tuesday, November 6: Dakota Mermis
  • Wednesday, November 7: Hunter Miska
Assignments (ARI --> TUC)
  • Sunday, November 11: Dakota Mermis
Transactions
  • Wednesday, November 7: Ty Reichenbach (Signed to PTO)


Alumni in Action:

The Coyotes defeated the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon with a convincing 4-1 victory. Dylan Strome helped get Arizona’s offense rolling, trailing as the high-man on a power play rush, receiving a pass from Richard Panik and showing spectacular vision to immediately find Vinnie Hinstroza to set-up the game’s first goal. Strome has four points (2G, 2A) in 15 games with the NHL club this season.
 
 


Highlight of the Week:

With just over 10 minutes to play in the third period Friday night at Tucson Arena, Conor Garland sped through the neutral zone and into offensive territory, blasting a one-timer past Jared Coreau after connecting with Michael Bunting on a give-and-go touch to give the Roadrunners a 4-1 lead over the San Diego Gulls. Garland’s goal would eventually prove to be the game-winner in the team’s 6-3 victory. Seven of his last eight goals scored have been game winners.
 
 


Photo of the Week:

An elated Hudson Fasching joins together with David Ullstrom after his wrap-around goal with 10:56 to play in the third period gave the Roadrunners a 1-0 lead over the San Jose Barracuda at Tucson Arena. Fasching’s goal, his third of the season, was all the team needed in its 1-0 victory. (Credit: Kate Dibildox)