Game #39 Preview: Tucson vs. Chicago
By: Alexander Kinkopf
January 27, 2018 12:17 PM
Game #39 – Tucson (23-12-2-1) vs. Chicago (21-15-6-2)
7:05 PM MST, Tucson Arena, Tucson, Arizona
Referees: #44 Furman South, #20 Brandon Blandina
Linesmen: #30 Ken Bonham, #20 Brent Hooks
WOLVES FOR TWO: Tonight marks the final of four meetings with the Wolves this season, and the second of Chicago’s two scheduled visits to Tucson Arena. The Roadrunners are playing the final of a two-game home stand; the Wolves are playing the final of a two-game road trip. Both teams are coming off of a meeting Friday night in which the Roadrunners won by a 2-1 score in overtime.
INTO THE BREAK: The All-Star break will officially begin for the Roadrunners upon completion of tonight’s game. “These points are huge for playoff runs, and we all know that they start here in games like these,” Lawson Crouse said of the importance of winning games on the brink of a hiatus. “We’ve got to keep going and building toward something special.”
ON THE RECORD: With his assist on Dakota Mermis’ overtime-winning goal Friday night, Mike Sislo extended his point streak to eight games, tying Dylan Strome’s franchise-best mark. With a point tonight, Sislo will set a new team record. He’s accumulated nine points (2G, 7A) during his current run.
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 Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 5:00 PM this afternoon.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)
RYAN MACINNIS (72) - LANE PEDERSON (18) - DAN MAGGIO (47)
DAKOTA MERMIS (43) - ANDREW CAMPBELL (2)
KYLE CAPOBIANCO (23) - JOHN RAMAGE (55)
JOEL HANLEY (44) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
ADIN HILL (33)
HUNTER MISKA (35)
CENTRAL SUCCESS: The Roadrunners have earned points in all eight games played against Central Division opponents this season (6-0-2-0). Can they continue that trend tonight in their final meeting with the Wolves?
REGULATION SIZE: In each of their past three games, the Roadrunners have been held to one goal in regulation time. They have failed to score two regulation goals on seven occasions this season; five of those games have gone to overtime. They’re 3-2-2-0 when not scoring at least two goals through 60 minutes of play.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the team’s previous meeting on Friday night at Tucson Arena, the Roadrunners defeated the Wolves by a 2-1 score in overtime. Lawson Crouse scored with 3:16 left to play in regulation to tie the game; Dakota Mermis netted the game-winner with six seconds left in the extra frame. Hunter Miska stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced to earn his 13th win of the season.
SEE YOU LATER: Following tonight’s game, the Roadrunners don’t have another home game on their schedule until February 17. The team will go a full 20 days without playing a game at Tucson Arena, embarking on a season-long six-game road trip that spans over a 13-day period following the All-Star break. Can the Roadrunners earn a big win on home ice before heading out?
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan and color commentator Tim Gassen will have the radio call on AM 1450 Fox Sports Tucson. Radio coverage begins at 6:50 PM.