Game #11 Preview: Tucson vs. Bakersfield
By: Alexander Kinkopf
November 11, 2017 12:34 PM
Game #11 – Tucson (7-1-2-0) vs. Bakersfield (5-5-1-0)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #49 Reid Anderson, #41 Cameron Voss
Linesmen: #60 Libor Suchanek, #58 Colin Besch
BACK-TO-BACK BAKO: Tonight marks the third of eight meetings with the Condors this season, and the second of Bakersfield’s four scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Roadrunners are playing the final of a six-game home stand; the Condors are playing the second of a four-game road trip. The teams are coming off of a meeting Friday night in which the Roadrunners won 6-3.
AT THE TOP: The Roadrunners’ .800 win percentage positions them at the top of the Pacific Division, Western Conference, and the entire American Hockey League. Can they maintain it with another win tonight?
ALL CYLINDERS: With six goals scored Friday night, the Roadrunners’ offense moved up to fifth in the AHL, the team averaging 3.70 goals per contest. The club’s defense remains ranked fourth-best in the league, allowing their opponents to score an average of just 2.50 goals per game.
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held an optional pregame morning skate ahead of tonight’s game at Tucson Arena. Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 5:00 PM this afternoon.
LAWSON CROUSE (67) - DYLAN STROME (91) - NICK MERKLEY (38)
MIKE SISLO (9) - TYLER GAUDET (10) - CONOR GARLAND (8)
MICHAEL BUNTING (27) - LANE PEDERSON (18) - JENS LOOKE (24)
EMERSON ETEM (26) - SCOTT ALLEN (29) - MICHAEL LATTA (46)
ANDREW CAMPBELL (2) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
KYLE CAPOBIANCO (23) - KYLE WOOD (3)
JALEN SMERECK (5) - ADAM CLENDENING (4)
HUNTER MISKA (35)
ADIN HILL (33)
DYLAN’S DEALING: With his four point (2G, 2A) performance Friday night, Dylan Strome now leads all AHL rookies in scoring with 14 points (3G, 11A). In two games against the Condors this season, Strome has totaled six points (2G, 4A). Can he continue he offensive surge against Bakersfield tonight?
CHASING RECORDS: The Roadrunners’ longest point-streak in club history is 10 games, when the club went on an 8-0-2-0 run from October 21 – November 18 of last season. The team currently has earned points in its last nine games, where they’ve gone 7-0-2-0. Can they tie a franchise record by avoiding a regulation loss tonight?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on Friday night, the Roadrunners defeated the Condors by a 6-3 score. Dylan Strome led all players with four points (2G, 2A), while Nick Merkley scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season. Adin Hill stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced to record his second win of the season.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan and color commentator Tim Gassen will have the radio call on AM 1450 Fox Sports Tucson. Radio coverage begins at 6:50 PM.