Game #15 Preview: Tucson vs. Stockton
By: Alexander Kinkopf
November 24, 2017 12:19 PM
Game #15 – Tucson (9-2-2-1) vs. Stockton (10-5-0-1)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #40 Keith Kaval, #66 Kenny Anderson
Linesmen: #30 Ken Bonham, #90 Mike Sarter
HOLIDAY HEAT: Tonight marks the first of eight meetings with the Heat this season, and the first of Stockton’s four scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Roadrunners are playing the second of a five-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 5-0 win over the San Diego Gulls Wednesday night. The Heat are playing the second of a four-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Ontario Reign on Wednesday.
SLOWING DOWN STROME?: Dylan Strome has registered points in his past five games, accumulating a total of 12 (5G, 7A) during that span. Strome currently leads all rookies in scoring with 22 points (6G, 16A), and is second among all players, behind only Hershey’s Chris Bourque. He has registered multiple points in six of his 13 games played with the Roadrunners this season.
STOCKTON'S STALKING: Right behind the Roadrunners, the Heat are situated at second-place in the Pacific Division. “They’re going to be a tough opponent,” Lane Pederson said Friday morning. “If you look at where they’re at in the standings right now, they’re right up there at the top, so this is probably going to be one of our toughest matchups yet, and I think everyone is excited for the opportunity and challenge.
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 Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 5:00 PM this evening.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)
MIKE SISLO (9) - RYAN MACINNIS (72) - LANE PEDERSON (18)
TYE MCGINN (16) - TYLER GAUDET (10) - JENS LOOKE (24)
MICHAEL BUNTING (27) - TREVOR CHEEK (39) - MICHAEL LATTA (46)
ANDREW CAMPBELL (2) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
DAKOTA MERMIS (43) - ADAM CLENDENING (4)
KYLE CAPOBIANCO (23) - KYLE WOOD (3)
HUNTER MISKA (35)
ADIN HILL (33)
HOT AT HOME: The Roadrunners have won their previous four games played on home ice, and have recorded points in each game played at Tucson Arena since their 7-6 loss to the San Diego Gulls on October 7, outscoring opponents by a 28-13 margin. The club’s .813 win percentage on home ice is second in the league only to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s .850 mark.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Roadrunners posted a 6-1-1-0 record in eight meetings with the Heat last season, including a 3-1-0-0 mark on home ice at Tucson Arena. During their inaugural season, the Roadrunners earned both their first win in franchise history (October 21, 2016) and their first home win in franchise history (October 28, 2016) against the Heat.
BIG THREE: Since being united on the team’s first line on October 27, the trio of Lawson Crouse, Dylan Strome, and Nick Merkley have combined for 35 points (15G, 20A) during a nine-game span. Can they once again provide a spark to the team’s offense 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.