Game #35 Preview: Tucson vs. San Diego
By: Alexander Kinkopf
January 16, 2018 7:27 PM
Game #35 – Tucson (20-11-2-1) vs. San Diego (19-15-1-0)
10:00 AM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #29 Troy Paterson, #34 Stephen Reneau
Linesmen: #67 Travis Gawryletz, #37 Brett Martin
EARLY RISERS: Wednesday morning marks the eighth of 12 meetings with the Gulls this season, and the fourth of San Diego’s six scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Roadrunners are playing the final of a two-game home stand; the Gulls are playing the final of a two-game road trip. Both teams are coming off of a meeting Monday night in which the Roadrunners won by a 5-3 score.
ADJUSTING: “You have to get up obviously a lot earlier than normal, so it’s important to get to bed a lot earlier,” Dysin Mayo said of the effects the morning start time has on game preparations. “Besides that, it’s the same approach, the same warm-up and everything. It’s a little bit harder to get your pregame meal in, but it’s important to make sure you do that.”
SETTING THE TABLE: Kyle Capobianco has three assists in the Roadrunners' last two wins against the Gulls, and has a total of nine assists in seven games against San Diego this season. Capobianco's 17 assists this season are second-most among rookie defensemen.
SOLVING SAN DIEGO: The Roadrunners have won their previous four match-ups against the Gulls, and have earned points in their last five, posting a 4-0-0-1 mark during a span that dates back to November 18. Prior to this recent stretch of success against San Diego, the Roadrunners were 2-12-0-0 all-time against their division rival.
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team practiced at Tucson Arena on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s game. Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 8:30 AM Wednesday morning.
LAWSON CROUSE (67) - DYLAN STROME (91) - MIKE SISLO (9)
MICHAEL BUNTING (27) - LAURENT DAUPHIN (15) - LANE PEDERSON (18)
JENS LOOKE (24) - MARIO KEMPE (20) - CONOR GARLAND (8)
TYE MCGINN (16) - TYLER GAUDET (10) - DANIEL MAGGIO (47)
DAKOTA MERMIS (43) - ANDREW CAMPBELL (2)
KEVIN EKMAN-LARSSON (7) - JOEL HANLEY (44)
KYLE CAPOBIANCO (23) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
ADIN HILL (33)
HUNTER MISKA (35)
STARRING STROME: With a goal and an assist in Monday night’s win, Dylan Strome has now registered a total of 12 points (6G, 6A) in the five games he’s played against the Gulls. Entering the morning with 39 points (17G, 22A) through a total of 25 games played this season, Strome is just two shy of Chris Terry and Chris Bourque, who are tied for the lead in scoring among all AHL players with 41.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the teams’ previous meeting on Monday night at Tucson Arena, the Roadrunners defeated the Gulls by a 5-3 score. Lawson Crouse led all players in scoring with three points (2G, 1A), including the game-winning goal. Dylan Strome, Mike Sislo, and Andrew Campbell also scored for the Roadrunners. Hunter Miska stopped 20 of the 23 shots he faced in the win.
POWER PLAY AT-BAY: Despite the Roadrunners’ stinginess, the Gulls once again enter the morning with the AHL’s top power play unit with a 26.3% success-rate (45-for-171). In the Roadrunners’ past four games against the Gulls, all of which have been victories, they have killed off 21-of-23 penalties taken.
WORDS OF WISDOM: “It takes a certain amount of time for your body to wake up, right?” Mario Kempe said when asked about the early start. “You need to eat well and have a good breakfast, you need to get up a little bit earlier, you need to do all of your routines, you can’t just go out and play, you need to do all of your warm-ups and stuff like that so you don’t get injured.”
I-8 BORDER TROPHY: With a 4-2-0-1 record against the Gulls through six games, the Roadrunners currently lead in the race for the I-8 Border Trophy – which was introduced prior to the season. Based on total points earned in the 12 regular season match-ups between the two clubs, the Roadrunners are ahead by a 9-6 count.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch today’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 9:45 AM.