Game #37 Preview: Tucson at San Antonio
By: Alexander Kinkopf
January 20, 2018 11:57 AM
Game #37 – Tucson (21-12-2-1) at San Antonio (22-16-3-0)
6:00 PM MST, AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Referees: #60 Liam Sewell, #12 Peter Schlittenhardt
Linesmen: #71 Mitch MacPherson, #24 Eric McDonald
RAMPAGE REMATCH: Tonight marks the second of four meetings with the Rampage this season, and the final of two scheduled visits to San Antonio’s AT&T Center. The Roadrunners are playing the final of a two-game road trip; the Rampage are playing the fifth of an eight-game home stand. Both clubs are coming off of a meeting Friday night in which the Roadrunners won by a 2-1 score in overtime.
TAKING SHOTS: The Roadrunners set a new franchise record Friday night in registering 55 shots on goal, eclipsing the team's old mark of 52, which was set on December 16, 2017 in the club’s 6-1 win over the Ontario Reign. Through 36 games played, the Roadrunners have fired off a total of 1,153 shots – averaging 32.03 per game, which is the fourth-highest median in the AHL.
AWAY AND OKAY: Including tonight, seven of the Roadrunners next nine games are to be played on the road. The team enters the evening with an 11-3-1-1 record away from home, which is addressed as a .750 win percentage – the third-best in the AHL. They have earned a win in all eight opposing buildings they’ve played in this season.
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held an optional morning skate at the AT&T Center ahead of tonight’s game. Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 4:00 PM this afternoon.
LAWSON CROUSE (67) - DYLAN STROME (91) - MARIO KEMPE (20)
MICHAEL BUNTING (27) - LAURENT DAUPHIN (15) - MIKE SISLO (9)
RYAN KUJAWINSKI (17) - TYLER GAUDET (10) - CONOR GARLAND (8)
JENS LOOKE (24) - LANE PEDERSON (18) - DANIEL MAGGIO (47)
DAKOTA MERMIS (43) - ANDREW CAMPBELL (2)
KYLE CAPOBIANCO (23) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
JOEL HANLEY (44) - KYLE WOOD (3)
ADIN HILL (33)
HUNTER MISKA (35)
POINTS!: Mike Sislo extended his team-leading points streak to six games with an assist Friday night; he has a total of seven (2G, 5A) during his current run. Michael Bunting now has points in four-straight games, totaling six (2G, 4A) during that stretch.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the team’s previous meeting on Friday night – their first of the season – the Roadrunners defeated the Rampage by a 2-1 score in overtime. Dysin Mayo scored the Roadrunners’ lone regulation goal; Mario Kempe drove home the overtime game-winner with 1:53 left to play in the extra frame. Hunter Miska stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced to earn his 12th win of the season.
28 AND OUT: The Roadrunners’ 28-game stretch of playing Pacific Division opponents will come to an end upon completion of tonight’s game. A run in their schedule that began on November 10 against the Bakersfield Condors, the Roadrunners have posted a 15-11-0-1 record through the first 27 games of this intra-division marathon.
TWO-WAY GAME: Dylan Strome has been held without a point in consecutive games for just the second time this season. The offensively apt forward has been providing a strong presence on both ends of the ice lately, though, playing a solid, well-rounded game. In 27 AHL games with the Roadrunners, Strome has never gone without a point in three-straight games. Can he find the score sheet tonight in San Antonio?
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan will have the radio call on AM 1450 Fox Sports Tucson. Radio coverage begins at 5:45 PM.