Arizona Sundogs Clinch Playoff Berth

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Arizona Sundogs Split Weekend Series Versus Denver Cutthroats —

The Arizona Sundogs split a pair of weekend games versus the Denver Cutthroats making it two wins out of the three games versus their rivals from Colorado this week. 

CHLstandings

Friday

Arizona – 1   Denver – 2

The Arizona Sundogs dropped their game, 2-1 against the Denver Cutthroats Friday night at Tim’s Toyota Center.

The game was decided in 20 minutes with all three goals coming in the opening period.  Denver got on the board quickly after Troy Schwab registered the goal 1:25 into the period with assists from Phil Tesoriero and Garett Bembridge.  Arizona answered back, tying the game 5:30 later with a goal from Shawn Limpright his ninth in 11 games.  Bryan Cameron and Jason Morgan each picked up the assists. Steven Kaunsito scored the game winner with a minute remaining in the first while on the man-advantage, after Limpright was called for high sticking.

The Sundogs posted a season high, 49 shots on goal, while outshooting the Cutthroats, 49-34.  Andrew Engelage made 32 saves. Arizona was 0-7 on the power play and Denver was 1-6.  The Sundogs and Cutthroats meet again tomorrow night at 7:05 pm where they will finish out their three-game weekend series.

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Saturday

Arizona – 4   Denver – 2

Three first period goals for the Arizona Sundogs pushed them to a 4-2 win over the Denver Cutthroats, Saturday night at Tim’s Toyota Center earning four points in their weekend series.  Arizona continues to hold on to the seventh place playoff spot, just one point ahead of the Tulsa Oilers.

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photo by Matt Santos

Three first period goals led the way for the Sundogs’ victory over the Denver Cutthroats.  Quiet after eight minutes into the period and Brandon Coccimiglio struck for the Sundogs while on the power play after Robin Soudek was issued two minutes for hooking.  Moments later Arizona’s Matt McCready was sent off for a five minute fighting major after Phil Tesoriero cross checked Sebastian Geoffrion to the back and McCready went in, standing up for his line mate.  Two more goals were scored within two minutes of each other first when Mark Isherwood found the back of the net 16:56 into the period from Coccimiglio and Jordan Clendenning. Arizona picked up their third goal and their second power play goal when Kevin Baker scored with assists from Shawn Limpright and Bryan Cameron.

Denver fought to cut their deficit in half tallying two goals of their own in the second period but Arizona tallied their fourth allowing them the two goal lead.  The Cutthroat’s Jason Cohen put Denver on the board 3:31 into the second period from Garett Bembridge and Cam Reid.  At 11:20 Kevin Baker was called for hooking sending the Cutthroats on the man-advantage which they took advantage of, collecting their second goal.  TJ Fox posted the goal from Vincent Arseneau and Cohen. With less than 30 seconds remaining in the period Cameron registered Arizona’s fourth goal.

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photo by Matt Santos

Andrew Engelage made an impressive 39 saves. Denver outshot Arizona 41-24.  The Sundogs were 2-4 on the power play and the Cutthroats were 1-7.  Arizona will close out their regular season with three games against the Wichita Thunder, next week Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

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The Arizona Sundogs are the Central Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes.  Season tickets, mini-plan, and single-game ticket information is now available by calling (928) 759-6600 or visiting arizonasundogs.com.

courtesy of  ArizonaSundogs.com


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