The Toronto Roadrunners play three games in three days for the third consecutive week and fourth time overall this season. The Roadrunners begin the week when they face the Syracuse Crunch for the first time in franchise history on Friday, December 5th. The Roadrunners then travel to Syracuse on Saturday, December 6th to wrap up the home-and-home series with the Crunch. The Roadrunners visit Copps Coliseum on Sunday, December 7th to take on the Hamilton Bulldogs.
The Toronto Roadrunners earned five points last week as they played four games in five nights. Toronto began the week with a home-and-home series against the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Roadrunners defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 on Wednesday, November 26th at the Ricoh Coliseum and then dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Bulldogs on Friday, November 28th. After the home-and-home series with the Bulldogs, the Roadrunners played back-to-back games against the Manitoba Moose at Winnipeg Arena. The Roadrunners defeated the Moose 4-2 on Saturday, November 29th, and were defeated 3-1 by the Moose on Sunday, November 30th.
Roadrunners Earn First Home Win in Franchise History
The Toronto Roadrunners earned their first home win in franchise history on Wednesday, November 26th as they defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1 at the Ricoh Coliseum.
Hinz Scores First Goal of the Season
Roadrunners forward Chad Hinz notched his first goal of the season on Wednesday, November 26th versus his former team, the Hamilton Bulldogs.
McAslan Records First Career AHL Multipoint Game
Roadrunners forward Sean McAslan recorded his first career multipoint game, earning two assists on Wednesday, November 26th against the Hamilton Bulldogs. McAslan assisted on the Roadrunners first two goals of the game, including Jamie Wright's game winner.
First Ever Penalty Shot in Franchise History
Roadrunners forward Jamie Wright beat Moose goaltender Tyler Moss to score on the first ever penalty shot in Roadrunners franchise history on Saturday, November 29th. Wright's goal came at 6:02 of the second period.
Wright Scores Two Game Winning Goals in Three Games
Roadrunners forward Jamie Wright scored two game winning goals in a three game span last week. Wright scored the game winner on Wednesday, November 26th with 2:54 to play in the third period to help the Roadrunners earn their first ever victory at Ricoh Coliseum. On Saturday, November 29th, Wright scored two goals in the second period, the latter of which turned out to be the game winner as the Roadrunners defeated the Moose 4-2 at Winnipeg Arena.
Roadrunners Season Individual Leaders
Goals: Jamie Wright (10)
Assists: Jani Rita, Chad Hinz (8)
Points: Jamie Wright (16)
PIM: Rocky Thompson (75)
+/-: Michael Henrich (+6)
Wins: Michael Morrison (3)
Appearances: Stephen Valiquette (9)
GAA: Michael Morrison (2.40)
Save Percentage: Michael Morrison (0.914)
NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
The Week Ahead
Toronto Roadrunners vs. Syracuse Crunch
Friday, December 5th - Ricoh Coliseum - 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 6th - Onondaga County War Memorial - 7:30 PM
The Toronto Roadrunners take on the Syracuse Crunch for the first time in franchise history this weekend as the two teams play a home-and-home series beginning in Toronto on Friday night and wrapping up in Syracuse on Saturday night ... these two division rivals meet a total of six times this season ... the Crunch (10-8-2-0) are currently in fourth place in the North division, six points ahead of the Roadrunners ... Roadrunners forward Dave Roche played for the Crunch during the 1997-98 season, recording 12g-20a-32pts and 307 PIM in
73 games ... the Crunch possess the league's second best power play, operating at 20% (19 goals in 95 opportunities) ... Syracuse forwards Brad Moran (7g-10a-17pts in 20 games) and Donald MacLean
(5g-12a-17pts in 20 games) lead the Crunch in scoring this season.
NEXT MEETING: Friday, January 16th at Syracuse 7:30 PM
Roadrunners vs. Bulldogs
Sunday, December 7th - Copps Coliseum - 3:30 PM
The Toronto Roadrunners face the Hamilton Bulldogs for the fifth time this season at Copps Coliseum on Sunday, December 7th ... the teams have split the four games they have played against each other this season, with each team winning twice ... Bulldogs forwards Chris Higgins (4g, 1a) and Benoit Gratton (3g, 2a) have led the Bulldogs offensive attack this season against the Roadrunners ... Hamilton has held opponents to the third lowest shots per game, allowing an average of 26.46 shots per game ... the Bulldogs are currently riding a franchise record eight game home winning streak ... Bulldogs forward Benoit Gratton is tied for the league lead in scoring with 11g-15a-26pts in 20 games played ... Hamilton goaltender Eric Fichaud is second in the AHL in wins with nine.
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, December 30th at Toronto
Roadrunners' Schedule This Week
Syracuse Crunch at Toronto Roadrunners
Toronto Roadrunners at Syracuse Crunch
Onondaga County War Memorial
Toronto Roadrunners at Hamilton Bulldogs
Last Week's Results
Morrison (1GA, 18 SV)/Fichaud (2GA, 26 SV)
Morrison (3GA, 27 SV)/Damphousse (2GA, 10 SV)
Morrison (2GA, 31 SV)/Auld (4GA, 23 SV)
Valiquette (2GA, 26 SV)/Moss (1GA, 23 SV)
Roadrunners vs. Crunch Live on The Score
The Toronto Roadrunners home game on Friday, December 5th, against the Syracuse Crunch will be live on The Score. Game time is 7:00 PM.
Roadrunners vs. Bulldogs on Rogers Sportsnet
The Toronto Roadrunners will be live on Rogers Sportsnet when they take on the Hamilton Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum on Sunday, December 7th.
Roadrunners to Play Crunch for First Time ... The Week Ahead
Toronto Roadrunners vs. Syracuse Crunch
Friday, December 5th - Ricoh Coliseum - 7:00 PM ...
Saturday, December 6th - Onondaga County War Memorial - 7:30 PM ...
Copps Coliseum - 3:30 PM ...
Roadrunners vs. Bulldogs on Rogers Sportsnet ... December 7th.
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