Game #30 Preview: Tucson vs. Ontario
By: Alexander Kinkopf
January 06, 2018 12:39 PM
Game #30 – Tucson (17-9-2-1) vs. Ontario (15-14-1-1)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #88 Chris Waterstradt, #26 Jason Faist
Linesmen: #58 Colin Besch, #20 Brent Hooks
REIGN DANCE: Tonight marks the sixth of eight meetings with the Reign this season, and the final of Ontario’s four scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Roadrunners are completing a two-game home stand; the Reign are completing a two-game road trip. The clubs are coming off a meeting Friday night in which the Roadrunners won by a 4-3 score.
ROLLING: The Roadrunners extended their win streak to four games Friday night, which is now the longest of the season to date. The club had won three consecutive games on two previous occasions (October 25-28, November 4-11). Can they continue to extend their streak with another win tonight?
WELCOME BACK: Kyle Capobianco and Lawson Crouse, following their late-afternoon reassignments to Tucson Friday, did not play last night. Both players are presumed to be in tonight’s lineup, however. Capobianco has registered 15 points (2G, 13A) in 25 games with the Roadrunners this season, Crouse 10 points (3G, 7A) in 17 games.
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held an optional morning skate at Tucson Arena ahead of tonight’s game. Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 5:00 PM this evening.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) - MARIO KEMPE (20) - MIKE SISLO (9)
TYE MCGINN (16) - RYAN MACINNIS (72) - LANE PEDERSON (18)
JENS LOOKE (24) - TYLER GAUDET (10) - CONOR GARLAND (8)
ANDREW CAMPBELL (2) - DAKOTA MERMIS
KYLE CAPOBIANCO (23) - ADAM CLENDENING (4)
JOEL HANLEY (44) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
ADIN HILL (33)
HUNTER MISKA (35)
HILL’S HOT: If Adin Hill gets the call tonight, he’ll be making his fourth start of the season against Ontario – a club that he’s been spectacular against, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.35 GAA and a .954 SV%. Hill has stopped 104 of the combined 109 shots he’s faced over his previous four starts, and his current 2.19 GAA ranks fourth among AHL goaltenders.
TYE’S ON A TEAR: Tye McGinn had a marvelous third period Friday night, assisting on Ryan MacInnis’ tally, and netting the game-winning goal shortly afterward. McGinn has registered points in the team’s previous four games, totaling six (1G, 5A) during that span. In five games played against the Reign this season, McGinn has seven points (2G, 5A), the highest total of any Roadrunners player against Ontario.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on Friday night at Tucson Arena, the Roadrunners defeated the Reign by a 4-3 score. Five players registered multiple points for Tucson; Tye McGinn netted the game-winning goal. Hunter Miska made 33 saves in the win. The victory improved the Roadrunners’ record against the Reign this season to 4-1-0-0.
HEY, ROOKIE: With another two points (1G, 1A) registered Friday night, Nick Merkley, now with a total of 32 (16G, 16A), is the highest scoring rookie in the American Hockey League. He’s registered five points (3G, 2A) in four games against the Reign this season.
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.