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Roadrunners Report: Games 31-40

The Coyotes' AHL team has been winning and losing in streaks lately

by Alexander Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Tucson Roadrunners

ROADRUNNERS REPORT: Games 31-40 
Record: 4-5-1-0
Overall Record: 21-14-5-0 
Standings: Fourth place, Pacific Division

TUCSON -- The most recent 10-game stretch of hockey for the Roadrunners has involved extremes of what their season has largely consisted of thus far - streaks. 

This hasn't been a club that's been favorable to flip-flopping in the win-loss department, but rather stringing together lengthy bouts of either/or. During this previous 10-game span, the Roadrunners put the finishing touches on their longest win streak in franchise history, followed unfortunately by their longest losing skid. 

Tucson won five consecutive games from Jan. 10-18, outscoring opponents, 20-10, during that span, momentarily situating them back atop the Pacific Division standings. 

The realities of a team fighting through the trying steps of a long, hard season would soon come to light, when the club would respond to its glamorous win streak with a five-game losing skid. 

Three of those losses came at the hands of division rival San Diego Gulls, a rather forgettable stretch where the Roadrunners were outscored 13-2. 

At the end of their muddy patch came a positive light, when defenseman Kyle Wood and forward Christian Fischer traveled to Lehigh Valley, Pa., to represent the team at the 2017 AHL All Star Classic.

The two players participated in the Skills Competition to begin the festivities, helping their Western Conference squad to a 15-11 win. 

Wood came away victorious in the CCM Hardest Shot competition, clocking in at 99.3 mph, the highest mark of any of the eight shooters to fire away. 

Fischer, who was the youngest player in the 2017 All Star Classic, and just the 10th teenager to participate since 1995, hit all four targets on six shots in the Accuracy Shooting competition. 

Despite the Pacific Division losing all three of its games the following day, Fischer (1 goal, 2 assists) and Wood (2 goals, 1 assist) each registered three points. 

Prior to the game, all 48 players wore #14 during warm-ups in recognition of Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham, who was then honored with a video that played in-arena and on the game's national telecast. 

Anthony Duclair, who was assigned to Tucson on Jan. 19, has registered three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in seven games with the Roadrunners. 

In completing their most recent 10-game stretch of the season, the Roadrunners played a pair of games vs. the Charlotte Checkers at Gila River Arena over the weekend, where they had the opportunity to showcase themselves in an NHL facility in front of the Coyotes' local fan base. 

The highlight of the Roadrunners' visit to Glendale came Friday night when Duclair's marvelous solo effort in the late stages of the game eventually set up Laurent Dauphin for a game-winning goal with 21 seconds left in regulation. 

The Roadrunners will begin a season-long six-game road trip on Friday night against the Texas Stars. 

NOTES:

• Forward Chris Mueller (9G, 30A) leads the team with 39 points. He is seventh in the AHL in that department.

• Christian Fischer leads the team in goals (16).

• Jamie McBain is tied for the AHL lead in power-play assists (19).

• Christian Fischer (16G, 18A - 34 PTS) is third among rookies in scoring. Kyle Wood (10G, 23A - 33 PTS) is fifth. 

• Kyle Wood is ranked first among rookies in power-play points with 20, and fourth among defensemen in scoring with 33 points.

COMPLETE TEAM STATS

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