Game #16 Preview: Tucson vs. Stockton
By: Alexander Kinkopf
November 25, 2017 12:53 PM
Game #16 – Tucson (10-2-2-1) vs. Stockton (10-6-0-1)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #40 Keith Kaval, #66 Kenny Anderson
Linesmen: #59 Rob Fay, #90 Mike Sarter
HEAT FORECAST: Tonight marks the second of eight meetings with the Heat this season, and the second of Stockton’s four scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Roadrunners are playing the third of a five-game home stand; the Heat are playing the third of a six-game road trip. Both teams are coming off of a meeting Friday night in which the Roadrunners won 3-2.
HOME COOKIN’: The Roadrunners have been mighty impressive on home ice at Tucson Arena this season, compiling a stalwart 7-1-1-0 record against visiting opponents. Their one regulation loss on home ice came on opening night on October 7. Since then, the team has outscored opponents 31-15 at Tucson Arena, earning 15 of a possible 16 standings points in the process.
TUCSON ON ITS TOES: It’s important to stay aware, and this Roadrunners club has been very mindful of remaining grounded. “[The Heat] were probably one of our toughest match-ups this year,” Dysin Mayo said Saturday morning. “They’re a fast team; they play a similar system to us. We know they’ll come at us strong again, especially after losing last night, so it’s all about coming ready to play.”
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 Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 5:00 PM this evening.
LAWSON CROUSE (67) - DYLAN STROME (91) - NICK MERKLEY (38)
MIKE SISLO (9) - TYLER GAUDET (10) - CONOR GARLAND (8)
TYE MCGINN (16) - RYAN MACINNIS (72) - LANE PEDERSON (18)
MICHAEL BUNTING (27) - MICHAEL LATTA (46) - JENS LOOKE (24)
ANDREW CAMPBELL (2) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
DAKOTA MERMIS (43) - ADAM CLENDENING (4)
KYLE CAPOBIANCO (23) - KYLE WOOD (3)
ADIN HILL (33)
HUNTER MISKA (35)
STROME UNSTOPPABLE: Dylan Strome is one game shy of tying the Roadrunners’ franchise record for points in consecutive contests. He enters the night with points in six straight games, putting up 14 (6G, 8A) during that span. Brendan Perlini (November 4-27, 2016), Kyle Wood (December 9-28, 2016), and Christian Fischer (December 9-28, 2016) each scored in seven consecutive games during the team’s inaugural season.
POINTS & PRODUCTION: The Roadrunners’ first line trio of Lawson Crouse, Dylan Strome, and Nick Merkley have combined for 39 points (17G, 22A) since they were united as a trio on October 27, a 10-game span.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ first meeting of the season Friday night, the Roadrunners won by a 3-2 score. Michael Bunting, Dylan Strome, and Nick Merkley scored for the Roadrunners, while Hunter Miska turned away 22 of 24 shots faced to earn his sixth win of the campaign. Merkley now leads all players in the league in game-winning goals scored (4).
CAPOBIANC-OH!: Kyle Capobianco, with an assist Friday night, now has seven in his last five games. With 12 points (1G, 11A) on the season, he leads all AHL rookie defensemen in scoring.
KEEPING ANDREW QUIET: The Roadrunners kept Stockton’s Andrew Mangiapane, the AHL’s CCM Player of the Month for October, off of the score sheet Friday night. He is currently tied for third in league scoring with 21 points (8G, 13A). Can the Roadrunners’ defense keep him quiet again 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.