Roadrunners look to pad Pacific lead

Roadrunners look to pad Pacific lead

TUCSON, AZ - The Tucson Roadrunners open a season-long six-game homestand on Friday night when the new American Hockey League franchise welcomes in the Manitoba Moose for a pair of games.

The Roadrunners (7-2-1) currently sit in first place in the AHL's Pacific Division.

Manitoba, the top affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, play in the Central Division.

Tucson had a win and an overtime loss last weekend in Bakersfield against the Condors.

Adin Hill earned his first professional shutout on Friday night with 17 saves at Bakersfield, and with the overtime loss on Saturday has a point in each of his first eight starts (6-0-2).

Brendan Perlini now has points in four straight games (4-1-5) and leads the team in goals with six.

Craig Cunningham has a four-game assist streak (6a) and is tied with Chris Mueller for the most assists with eight

Tucson has not lost a game in regulation since opening night (10/14) at San Diego.

The Roadrunners penalty kill is ranked second in the league at 90.2% and the power play is third at 27.1%.

With the return Wednesday night of goaltender Mike Smith to the Arizona Coyotes lineup, the parent club sent Justin Peters back down to Tucson.

The 30-year-old Peters played in three games with the Coyotes this season, posting a 0-1-0 record with a 3.16 GAA and a .900 SV%.

Peters stopped 38 shots in his lone game with Tucson this season, a 5-3 season-opening loss to San Diego.

With the arrival of Peters, the Roadrunners assigned goaltender Marek Langhamer to the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL.  Langhamer appeared in one game for Tucson with a 1-0-0-0 mark, 0.95 GAA and a .977 save percentage.

Face off against the Moose Friday and Saturday is 7:05 p.m. at the Tucson Arena.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.