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Roadrunners Report: Games 41-50

Tucson is struggling to win games amid flurry of roster changes

by Alexander Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Tucson Roadrunners

ROADRUNNERS REPORT: Games 41-50

Record: 1-8-1-0 

Overall Record: 22-22-6-0

Standings: Fifth place, Pacific Division

TUCSON -- It's been a rather tough go for the Roadrunners in the team's most recent 10-game stretch, the club earning only a single win during that span. 

Since Jan. 21, an expanse that has included 17 games for the club, they've earned just two wins, amassing a 2-13-2-0 record, a slide that has seen them drop to .500 for the first time since Oct. 21 - the second game of the regular season.

The roster endured a flurry of changes ahead of the NHL's trade deadline, both in deals strictly involving minor-league contracts, and deals that pertained to players acquired in trades with the Coyotes. 

Three players made their debuts with the Roadrunners during the most recent stretch: Jeremy Morin, Grayson Downing, and Joe Whitney. 

Through the struggles, there was some positive light shed when goaltender Marek Langhamer was recalled to the Coyotes on an emergency basis to serve as Mike Smith's backup on Feb. 20.

Langhamer ended up making his NHL debut, coming in for relief of an injured Smith with 15 minutes left in regulation, stopping seven of eight shots faced, including a last-second save on Anaheim's Sami Vatanen in the final moments of play to preserve a 3-2 win for the Coyotes. 

Just four days later on Feb. 24, Nathan Schoenfeld was signed by the Roadrunners to serve as an emergency backup to Langhamer. Schoenfeld, the son-in-law of Coyotes Head Equipment Manager Stan Wilson, served as an emergency backup for the Coyotes last season. 

Anthony Duclair's stint with the team came to a close on March 1 when he was recalled by the Coyotes. In 16 games during his assignment, Duclair registered eight points (1G, 7A). 

With 18 games remaining on the regular-season schedule, the Roadrunners are in a tight race for the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division. Seven of their remaining games are on home ice at Tucson Arena. 

NOTES:

• Forward Chris Mueller (11G, 36A) leads the team with 47 points. He is tied for 6th in the league in that department.

• Christian Fischer leads the team in goals scored with 19.

• Jamie McBain leads the league in power-play assists with 22.

• Christian Fischer (19G, 20A - 39 PTS) is fifth among rookies in scoring, Kyle Wood (13G, 24A - 37 PTS) ninth. 

• Kyle Wood is ranked first among rookies in power-play points scored with 23, and fourth among defensemen in overall scoring with 37 points.

COMPLETE TEAM STATS

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