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Last Week Today: Solid in Chicago

By: Alexander Kinkopf

The Rundown:

Entering Chicago to play the Wolves for the first time in franchise history, the Roadrunners came away with three of a possible four points in their back-to-back weekend series at Allstate Arena, winning 4-3 on Saturday night, and falling 2-1 in overtime on Sunday afternoon.
Hunter Miska earned his first-career pro win Saturday with a 26-save performance. Marek Langhamer made his season debut Sunday, putting on a solid showing with 28 saves in the team’s overtime loss.
Kyle Wood and Dakota Mermis registered their first goals of the season Saturday; Andrew Campbell his first point in a Roadrunners uniform with an assist on Emerson Etem’s game-winning goal.
Nick Merkley, in scoring the team’s lone goal Sunday, now leads the roster in scoring with four points (2G, 2A). The Roadrunners currently sit at third-place in the Pacific Division with a 2-1-1-0 record and a .625 win percentage.

The Week That Was:

Saturday, October 21
Roadrunners (4) at Wolves (3)
Allstate Arena
Sunday, October 22
Roadrunners (1) at Wolves (2) (OT)
Allstate Arena

Up & Down

Recalls (TUC --> ARI)
  • Monday, October 16: Adin Hill
Assignments (ARI --> TUC)
  • Monday, October 16: Marek Langhamer

Alumni in Action:

Adin Hill made his first-career NHL start with the Coyotes on Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, stopping 31 of 33 shots faced in the team’s 3-1 loss to the Stars. Hill got the call again on Thursday evening, making 25 saves in the Coyotes’ 5-4 loss to the Stars at Gila River Arena.
Christian Fischer scored his second goal of the season for the Coyotes Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Fischer now has seven goals in 21 career NHL games.

Highlight of the Week:

Nick Merkley hops on a turnover in the neutral zone and skates in alone to score a shorthanded, game-tying goal with 1:48 left to play in regulation Sunday afternoon.

Quote of the Week:

“It’s something you dream of when you’re growing up. My ultimate goal when I was two, three years old was to play in the NHL one day. So, it’s cool to be here, but at the same time I’ve got to keep an even head and just play my game, calm down and have confidence in the net.” – Adin Hill, on making his NHL debut

Photo of the Week:

Defenseman Dakota Mermis congratulates Hunter Miska on his first pro win moments after the final whistle of Saturday’s 4-3 win in Chicago. (Credit: Chicago Wolves)