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Roadrunners Report: Games 41-50

by Alexander Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Tucson Roadrunners

ROADRUNNERS REPORT: Games 41-50

Record: 5-4-1-0

Overall record: 29-17-3-1

Standings: First place, Pacific Division

TUCSON -- Through the trials of a lengthy trip, the challenges presented during a section of the season that offers neither beginnings nor ends, and in adapting to a medley of player personnel changes at the trade deadline, the Roadrunners have managed to maintain a strong outlook ahead of what has been an auspicious 50-game run thus far.

The team's most recent 10-game stretch began with five played on the road as they completed their season-long six-game road trip - ending the tour with a very respectable 4-2-0-0 record, earning eight of a possible 12 points. 

In returning home for the first time in three weeks on Feb. 17 to host the Bakersfield Condors, the Roadrunners earned a 5-4 win in front of 6,311 fans at Tucson Arena - the second biggest turnout of the season.

On trade deadline day, the Roadrunners were directly involved in deals executed by Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka, along with Coyotes Assistant General Manager and Roadrunners General Manager Steve Sullivan.

The organization acquired Jordan Maletta from the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for Ryan Kujawinski, Carter Camper from the Cleveland Monsters in return for future considerations, Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Trevor Murphy from the Nashville Predators for John Ramage and Tyler Gaudet, and Derek Army from the Milwaukee Admirals for future considerations. 

With 18 games remaining, the Roadrunners currently have a magic number of 32, which is tied for the second lowest among teams in the Western Conference. 

STROME SCORES SEASON-HIGH

Dylan Strome, in scoring against the Grand Rapids Griffins Friday night at Van Andel Arena, registered his 21st goal of the season, surpassing Christian Fischer's single-season franchise high mark of 20, which Fischer attained during the club's inaugural season. 

Strome currently leads the team with 48 points, and is fifth overall in the American Hockey League in scoring and second overall among rookies. 

On Feb. 17, Strome tied his career-high in points (4) and assists (3) in the Roadrunners' 5-4 win over the Bakersfield Condors.

EVERY DAY DAUPHIN

Since being re-acquired on Jan. 10, Laurent Dauphin has been a phenomenal addition to the Roadrunners lineup and to the organization as a whole. Dauphin, in 17 games with Tucson since returning to the club in a trade, has averaged almost a point per game, totaling 15 (5G, 15A) during that time. Included in Dauphin's remarkable return are six multi-point performances. 

His output has earned him a pair of NHL recalls to the Arizona Coyotes, where he is currently situated. 

29 AND OVER

The Roadrunners matched their win total from the 2016-17 campaign in their 2-1 overtime victory over the San Antonio Rampage on Feb. 23; they did so with 20 games to spare.

Currently with an overall mark of 29-17-3-1, they have the second best win percentage in the Western Conference, and the seventh best in the entire league. 

Sixteen of the team's wins this season have come on the road. Their .708 win percentage in opposing buildings is the fourth highest among AHL teams. 

HILL HEATING UP

Goaltender Adin Hill had a fantastic month of February, winning four of his five starts, surrendering only one goal on three of those occasions, with his only loss coming in overtime. 

Hill earned his first career shootout victory on Feb. 5 against the San Jose Barracuda at the SAP Center, turning away six of the seven breakaway attempts he faced to help lift the Roadrunners to a 4-3 win. 

PEDERSON PRODUCING

Rookie forward Lane Pederson notched four goals and six points during the Roadrunners' last 10-game stretch, notching a career-high three points (1G, 2A) on Feb. 9 in the Roadrunners' 5-2 victory over the Texas Stars. 

Pederson also netted the game-deciding goal on Feb. 5 against San Jose in the seventh round of a shootout, beating Antoine Bibeau to help the Roadrunners to their first shootout win of the year.

ONWARD

Of the Roadrunners' next 10 games, eight of them will come against Pacific Division opponents. The team will play four of their upcoming 10 on home ice at Tucson Arena, where they're 13-11-2-0 this season, and the other six on the road, where they'll look to improve upon and maintain their successful mark of 16-6-1-1 in opposing buildings so far this year.

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