Arizona Sundogs Return Home After 9 Game Road Trip

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The Arizona Sundogs Return Home from their 9 Game Road Trip  With a 2 – 4 – 3  Record

The Arizona Sundogs dropped the final two games of a long nine game road trip to the Quad City Mallards and now return home for their final eight games of the regular season.  The Sundogs finished their three week road trip with 2 – 4 – 3 record and are still hanging on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the CHL.

CHLstandings

Sundogs – 3   Mallards – 5

The Quad City Mallards two-goal lead after the first period carried them to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Sundogs Friday night at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois.  Alex Velischek extended his goal streak to three games after netting a goal in the second period.

Quad City’s Thomas Frazee from Jeff Lee and Nick Grasso scored 4:02 into the opening frame with a quick one-timer.  With 2:10 left in the first Frazee scored his second, a shorthanded goal, after Grasso served a too many men bench minor.  With the Sundogs down two goals going into the second period the Sundogs found themselves in a tight spot as they fought to even the game. 4:54 into the period Velischek lifted the puck past the stick side of Mallards goaltender, Ty Rimmer to get on the board.  Riley Emmerson and Michael Trebish were credited with the assists.  Six minutes later Gergo Nagy posted another goal for Quad City and 5:04 later Shawn Limpright scored his fourth goal in six games to pull the Sundogs within one goal.  Trebish picked up his second point of the night with the assist on Limpright’s goal and Garrett Clarke also tallied an assist.

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Arizona saw the game slip away when Quad City scored to more goals in the final period including a power play goal.  Justin Fox scored 2:24 into the period with helpers from Tyler Yaworski and Vladimir Nikiforov.  The Mallards scored their fifth and final goal of the evening while on a 4-on-3 power play when Pender and Yaworski received matching penalties for roughing and Bryan Cameron was assessed a two minute penalty for slashing.  With 62 seconds remaining in regulation Cameron tallied Arizona’s third goal with helpers from Baker and Brandon Coccimiglio.  The Sundogs hoped to comeback from a three-goal deficit electing to pull their goalie for the extra attacker but couldn’t put anything together.

Sundogs netminder, Andrew Engelage recorded his seventeenth loss this season making 28 saves of the 33 faced. Quad City outshot Arizona 33-32.  The Sundogs blanked on the power play receiving three opportunities and the Mallards were 1-2 on their man advantage.  The Sundogs and Mallards will meet for the final time in the regular season tomorrow night before the Sundogs wrap up their nine-game road trip.

Sundogs – 0   Mallards – 3

The Arizona Sundogs close out a nine-game road trip being shutout by the Quad City Mallards 3-0 Saturday night at the iWireless Center.

The Sundogs found themselves shutout for the first time since their game against the Tulsa Oilers on February 19th on home ice.  Just like last night, Arizona gave up two goals in the opening period, the first 1:08 into the frame with the goal from Gergo Nagy and Matt Boyd. 3:27 later Mike Stinziani registered an unassisted shorthanded goal when Jordan Mayer was given two minutes for tripping.  The first period was full of penalties with Brandon Coccimiglio receiving seven minutes after charging into Mallard’s goalie Ty Rimmer and then received a five minute fighting major after dropping the gloves with Michael Monfredo.

Jordan Mayer scored Quad City’s final goal 9:14 into the second period with assists from Jeff Lee and Stinziani to close out a three nothing win.

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Andrew Engelage made 20 saves. Arizona outshot Quad City 32-23.  Neither team converted their power play opportunities with the Sundogs receiving four changes and the Mallards receiving five. Saturday’s game concludes the Sundogs final road trip of the regular season as they return home to close out the season with eight home games.

 

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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