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Game #10 Preview: Tucson at Colorado

By: Alexander Kinkopf
Game #10 – Tucson (6-2-0-1) at Colorado (5-2-2-0)
6:05 PM PST, Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, Colorado
Referees: #32 Troy Murray, #42 Corey Syvret
Linesmen: #81 Seth Mukai, #38 Chris Wilson
Looking for a rebound performance from what resulted to be their second regulation loss of the season Friday evening, the Roadrunners prepare for tonight's finale of their two-game weekend set against the Colorado Eagles.
Tucson, which held two separate leads in Friday’s affair, did not face a deficit until Colorado’s eventual game-winning power play tally with 2:34 remaining in regulation. Two of the Eagles’ three goals came on the man advantage. The Roadrunners took a season-high 29 penalty minutes.
The Roadrunners have responded to their two prior losses this season, one in a shootout and the other in regulation, with wins. They’ll look to do the same tonight against a club they’re slated to play a whopping 11 more times this year.
No decision has been publicized, nor made for that matter, but with Hunter Miska getting the call last night, there is a chance Merrick Madsen makes his first-career American Hockey League start tonight. Don’t bet on it, though.


FROM DOWNTOWN: The Roadrunners have received goals from defensemen in three of their last four games, including Trevor Murphy’s power play marker to open the scoring against the Eagles last night. Overall, the group of seven blue-liners to dress this season have accumulated 25 points (5G, 20A); Kyle Capobianco the leader among them with six assists. Trevor Murphy's three goals scored is the most among the team's defensemen.
NO PASSING: The Roadrunners will look to protect second-place tonight with a win in any form. A loss in regulation will cause the Roadrunners to fall to third-place in the Pacific Division, allowing the Eagles to leap-frog and claim second-place. Tucson’s points percentage currently stands at .722 through nine games, Colorado’s at .667.
HEY, NOT BAD: Looking at the big picture, the Roadrunners have put together a rather successful road trip thus far, winning two of three games, earning four of six points. Overall, they’re 4-1-0-1 in six games played away from Tucson Arena this season. Tonight, they’ll look to win the third game of their current trip before returning home to begin a three-game home stand Wednesday night.


THREE-HUNDRED AND SEVEN: The Roadrunners have launched a total of 307 shots at opposing goaltenders this season, and have eclipsed the 30-mark in seven of nine games played. Entering tonight, they are fifth in the AHL in shots, averaging 34.11 per game.




You can catch tonight’s action at Brother John’s Beer Bourbon & BBQ, the official watch party location for all Roadrunners road games during the 2018-19 season. A live telecast is available on AHLTV; Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Adrian Denny will have the radio call on AM 1450 Fox Sports Tucson, with coverage starting at 5:45 PM.