Tucson Roadrunners Road Ahead: November ends in California
Upcoming Games (all times MST)
Wednesday, Nov. 23: Tucson at San Diego, 8 p.m
Saturday, Nov. 26: Tucson at Ontario, 7 p.m
Sunday, Nov. 27: Tucson at Ontario, 4 p.m
Who’s on the schedule?
The 8-5-1-0 Roadrunners embark on a five-game road trip across the state of California beginning on Wednesday, November 23 against the San Diego Gulls. The Roadrunners and Gulls will reignite their rivalry for the first of eight meetings on the season, with Tucson winning each of its last two games to close out the 2021-2022 campaign. San Diego enters the week with a 6-10-0-0 record after winning their last game on Saturday 6-1 over the Grand Rapids Griffins. After a midweek matchup with San Diego, the Roadrunners head to Ontario to face the Reign for the first time on Saturday, November 26th and Sunday, November 27th. points in the AHL’s Pacific Division with nearly identical records of 8-5-1-0 for Tucson and 8-5-0-1 for Ontario.
Thanks to you, 520
The Roadrunners had a home stand full of festivities and events for the Tucson community. The first weekend of the six-game stretch at the Tucson Arena featured Military Appreciation Night, as the team wore special military jerseys on Saturday, Nov. 12 against the Coachella Valley Firebirds. The jerseys were auctioned off after the competition to raise nearly $30,000, with all proceeds going to VetTix, an organization that provides tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities aimed at improving the mental well-being and enriching the lives of military service members and veterans . The following Saturday against the San Jose Barracuda was Hockey Fights Cancer Night as the Roadrunners debuted their new White Kachina alternate jerseys to represent all those fighting cancer. The Home Stand concluded Community Giving Day on Sunday, November 20. The Roadrunners honored mural artist Alejandra Trujillo and received hundreds of items to donate to Tucson families at their Thanksgiving dinner.
High score home stand
The Roadrunners’ six-game homestand at Tucson Arena was highlighted by back-to-back wins where Tucson scored six goals. 12 different Roadrunners scored a point in Wednesday’s 6-2 win over the Henderson Silver Knights, while 11 skaters made it to the stat sheet in Saturday’s 6-3 triumph over the San Jose Barracuda. The pair of games marks the first time the Roadrunners have scored at least six goals in consecutive contests since December 20 and 21, 2019.
Statistics for San Diego
Tucson is currently tied for second in the standings in the AHL Pacific Division (17) and has the third best winning percentage at .607. The Roadrunners are 4-2-0-0 on the road this season, outscoring their opponents 18-15. Tucson’s next opponent, the San Diego Gulls, are 2-5-0-0 at home so far this season, averaging just 5.43 combined goals per game in seven home games.
Keeping the scoring going early
The Roadrunners have made a habit of scoring early in games on their recent homestand. In a three-game stretch from Saturday, Nov. 12, to Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Roadrunners scored four goals in the opening 4:22 of each contest. Tucson captain Adam Cracknell even set a franchise record for fastest goal in a kickoff against Coachella Valley on Saturday, Nov. 12, with a score just 10 seconds into the first period. Tucson also posted its second four-goal period of the season in the opening frame of Wednesday’s 6-2 win over the Henderson Silver Knights.
Miloš makes his mark
Roadrunners first-year forward Milos Kelemen turned in his best performance to start the 2022-2023 campaign on Saturday night as he scored a hat trick to lead Tucson to a 6-3 come-from-behind win over the San Jose Barracuda. Kelemen lit the lamp for both the equalizer and eventual game-winners before an empty net shot completed the hat trick and a big win for Tucson. The 23-year-old has appeared in all 14 games for the Roadrunners this season and has 11 points (6g 5a) in his first pro season in North America.
Did you know?
Third-year Roadrunner Mike Carcone is off to another great start in 2022-2023 after setting the franchise record for goals in a season last year with 24. Through 14 games, Carcone has totaled 19 points (6g 13a), which is tied. fifth highest in the American Hockey League. His 1.36 points per game is sixth-highest in the league among players with at least ten games played. The 26-year-old has increased his numbers between his first and second seasons in the desert and is on pace to set career highs in assists and total points after doing so last season with 17 assists and 41 total points. By comparison, Carcone already has 13 assists in 14 games this year and appeared in 48 games with Tucson last season.
In the air
The Tucson Roadrunners Happy Hour airs every Tuesday at 5pm on FOX Sports 1450AM and the iHeartRadio app, with a podcast version also available on the iHeartRadio app after each episode. This week, co-hosts Adrian Denny, Brett Fera and Kim Cota-Robles will be joined by Roadrunners team president Bob Hoffman. Additionally, a new episode of the Tucson Roadrunners Insider Podcast was released on Sunday, looking back at the Roadrunners’ six-game homestand and previewing the upcoming five-game road trip. “Voice of the Roadrunners” Adrian Denny and Jimmy Peebles of TucsonRoadrunners.com also discussed the recent performances of Miloš Kelemen with Tucson and Matias Maccelli with the Arizona Coyotes. You can find the podcast in the iHeartRadio app.
(Photo: Kate Dibildox/Chris Hook)