Game #14 Preview: Tucson vs. San Diego
By: Alexander Kinkopf
November 22, 2017 12:28 PM
Game #14 – Tucson (8-2-2-1) vs. San Diego (7-7-1-0)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #50 Andrew Howard, #34 Stephen Reneau
Linesmen: #30 Ken Bonham, #19 Robb Harrell
FOR THREE!: Tonight marks the fourth of 12 meetings with the Gulls this season, and the second of San Diego’s six scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Roadrunners are playing the first of a five-game home stand; the Gulls are completing a one-game trek away from San Diego. Both clubs are coming off of a meeting Saturday night in which the Roadrunners lost 3-2 in a shootout.
GOTTA END IT: The Gulls enter the night with an undefeated record at Tucson Arena, where they have a perfect 7-0-0-0 mark. The Gulls have outscored the Roadrunners by a 37-14 margin during their visits. Can the Roadrunners defeat the Gulls for the first time on home ice tonight?
RED LIGHT DISTRICT: The Roadrunners enter the night with the American Hockey League’s third-best offense, averaging 3.54 goals scored per game, with a total of 46 buried through their first 13 games. The Gulls have scored a combined 17 regulation goals against the Roadrunners this season; can Tucson’s offense keep the pressure on San Diego?
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held a 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 Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 5:00 PM this evening.
LAWSON CROUSE (67) - DYLAN STROME (91) - NICK MERKLEY (38)
MICHAEL BUNTING (27) - LANE PEDERSON (18) - MIKE SISLO (9)
TYE MCGINN (16) - RYAN MACINNIS - (72) - JENS LOOKE (24)
TREVOR CHEEK (39) - TYLER GAUDET (10) - MICHAEL LATTA (46)
ANDREW CAMPBELL (2) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
DAKOTA MERMIS (43) - ADAM CLENDENING (4)
KYLE CAPOBIANCO (23) - KYLE WOOD (3)
ADIN HILL (33)
HUNTER MISKA (35)
SCORESHEET: Lane Pederson has points in his last five games, including three goals – he scored in both games against the Gulls last weekend. Dylan Strome has points in four straight games, accumulating eight (3G, 5A) in that span. Lawson Crouse also has points in four straight games, totaling five (3G, 2A) during that stretch.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on Saturday night at the Valley View Casino Center, the Roadrunners fell to the Gulls 3-2 in a shootout. Lawson Crouse and Lane Pederson scored for the Roadrunners; Pederson’s goal with 1:34 left to play in regulation sent the game to overtime. The Roadrunners were outscored 2-1 in the shootout; Mike Sislo was the team’s lone goal scorer. Marek Langhamer made 34 saves in the loss.
CAPTAIN SAYS: Andrew Campbell reflected on the team’s weekend series against the Gulls, and shared his views on the matchup ahead: “They’re a team that has our number so far, so we definitely feel like we owe them one here. They play a hard game, they like getting pucks in, so we just have to simplify our game, and I think if we execute our game plan, then we’ll be pretty good here tonight.”
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan, along with color commentator Tim Gassen, will have the radio call on AM 1450 Fox Sports Tucson. Radio coverage begins at 6:50 PM.