Preview: Wranglers aim for first win in rematch with Firebirds (7 p.m. MT)

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Mike Gould
1 year ago
The Calgary Wranglers will be back in action at 7:00 p.m. MT on Monday evening for a rematch with the Coachella Valley Firebirds at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
After battling back from a 5–1 deficit to ultimately lose 6–5 on Sunday afternoon, the Wranglers remain in pursuit of their first win of the 2022–23 regular season (and, on the whole, since relocating from Stockton, CA).
Here’s what you need to know before tonight’s game.

Projected lineups

Jakob Pelletier – Connor Zary – Matthew Phillips
Radim Zohorna – Ben Jones – Martin Pospisil
Mitch McLain – Cole Schwindt – Adam Klapka
Brett Sutter – Clark Bishop – Walker Duehr
Dennis Gilbert – Nick DeSimone
Jeremie Poirier – Nicolas Meloche
Yan Kuznetsov – Ilya Solovyov
Dustin Wolf (starter)
Oscar Dansk
Coachella Valley
Max McCormick – Alexander True – Kole Lind
Cameron Hughes – Andrew Poturalski – Jesper Froden
Carsen Twarynski – Luke Henman – John Hayden
Tye Kartye – Ville Petman – Austin Poganski
Michal Kempny – Brogan Rafferty
Gustav Olofsson – Ryker Evans
Peetro Seppala – Matt Tennyson
Joey Daccord
Callum Booth

Leading scorers

1. Brett Sutter — 1 GP, 0 G, 3 A
2. Matthew Phillips — 1 GP, 2 G, 0 A
3. Nick DeSimone — 1 GP, 1 G, 1 A
Coachella Valley
1. Kole Lind — 1 GP, 2 G, 2 A
2. Jesper Froden — 1 GP, 1 G, 2 A
3. Max McCormick — 1 GP, 1 G, 1 A

Last game’s highlights

Stray thoughts

  • It’ll be really interesting to see whether the Wranglers elect to go back to Wolf in goal on Monday: My gut feeling? 100%, they will. Mitch Love knows what he has in his young star goaltender. He’s played well in back-to-back situations before and rebounded quickly after his disastrous AHL debut two seasons ago.
  • Jakob Pelletier needs to have a moment. Right now, it feels a little bit like he’s lost in the shuffle. Pelletier is a player who thrives in high-intensity situations and it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a main character in a game again. The Wranglers’ top line is bound to come through at five-on-five before long.
  • Emilio Pettersen skated in warm-ups before Sunday’s matinee game but ultimately did not dress. To be quite honest, the Wranglers would probably be better served by swapping Pettersen for Mitch McLain on that third line, but we’ll defer to the coaching staff.
  • As always, you’ll be able to catch this one on AHL TV with Sandra Prusina on the call. We’re also hoping to integrate some additional Wrangler coverage into the local sports media scene this year, whether it be through our own shows or the local sports radio station — stay tuned for updates on that front. So far, it looks like there’s a huge appetite for Wranglers content!

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