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Last Week Today: Fun And One

By: Alexander Kinkopf

The Rundown:

What looked to be a rather quiet week on paper was anything but; the Roadrunners played only one game, sure, but the buzz generated from alumni performances and the smiles drawn from a myriad of community appearances brought upon a more-than-fulfilling sense to the seven-day stretch.
First! And foremost! What a spectacular week for Adin Hill, borderline perfect.
The Roadrunners’ all-time wins leader (39) appeared in three games for the Arizona Coyotes, earning three wins, of which included a 29-save shutout performance against the Nashville Predators on Thursday.
Roadrunners players spread out across the community to engage with various events happening with local institutions early in the week. Conor Garland and Cam Dineen visited Doolen Middle School's P.E. program at the William J. Dawson Memorial DEK Hockey Rink, Kevin Ekman-Larsson, Robbie Russo, Hudson Fasching, and Dakota Mermis volunteered at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Jordan Gross and Jens Looke hung out with students at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, and Trevor Cheek and Adam Helewka assisted coaches at the Junior Roadrunners' 10U and 12U hockey practices.
Back to Ontario the Roadrunners returned on Sunday for their lone contest of the week to take on the Reign at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The team, despite losing 5-4 in overtime, extended its point streak to four games (2-0-2-0).
Defenseman Robbie Russo registered his fifth multi-point game of the season, upping his assist count to 13, which is the most on the Roadrunners’ roster and sixth among all AHL defensemen.
Brayden Burke extended his point streak to three games with a slick deep corner feed to set-up Kyle Capobianco’s first goal of the campaign.
In scoring his eighth goal of the season Sunday evening, Conor Garland matched his single-season career-high mark, which he set in 55 games during the 2017-18 campaign.
Garland, afterward, earned his first NHL recall to the Arizona Coyotes. He is the Roadrunners’ current scoring leader with 19 points (8G, 11A) in 18 games played. The 22-year-old forward has registered multiple points in seven games this season; four of his eight goals have accounted as game-winners.

Where They Stand:

Record: 11-5-2-1 (.658 pts %)
Pacific Division: 2nd Place
Western Conference: 3rd Place
League: 7th Place

The Week That Was:

Sunday, December 2
Roadrunners (4) at Reign (5) F/OT
Citizens Business Bank Arena

Up & Down

Recalls (TUC --> ARI)
  • Monday, November 26: Mario Kempe
  • Tuesday, November 27: Hunter Miska
  • Monday, December 3: Conor Garland
Assignments (ARI --> TUC)
  • Friday, November 30: Hunter Miska
  • Saturday, December 1: Domenic Alberga – Signed to PTO

Alumni in Action:

Goaltender Adin Hill got thrown into action in a big way upon his recall to the Arizona Coyotes on November 24, appearing in three games during the week, where he posted a perfect 3-0-0 record, of which included a 29-save shutout of the Nashville Predators Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.
Inaugural Roadrunner Christian Fischer got to the front of the net Saturday night at Gila River Arena, where he’s so accustomed to producing from, to bang home his fifth goal of the season to give the Coyotes a 3-1 lead in their 6-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Highlight of the Week:

Jens Looke, having a grand ‘ole time participating in after school activities with students at the Tucson Jewish Community Center on Tuesday, as part of Roadrunners in the Community Day. Look at that smile!

Photo of the Week:

The Roadrunners’ bench eagerly waits to congratulate forward Hudson Fasching after he scored his sixth goal of the season Sunday evening at Citizens Business Bank Arena, tying the game 4-4 with 5:18 left to play in regulation in the team’s eventual 5-4 overtime loss. (Credit: Ontario Reign)