Arizona Sundogs Take Two !!!

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Arizona Sundogs at Denver Cutthroats  Game: 1 — Jan. 24, 2014

Sundogs – 4   Cutthroats – 1

The Arizona Sundogs won against the Denver Cutthroats Friday night, 4-1 in Vail Colorado at the Dobson Arena and David Rutherford’s three point night helped Arizona secure their victory.

Az at Den Game1Kevin Baker scored his 14 goal of the season when he put the Sundogs on the board halfway through the opening frame.  Bryan Cameron extended his point streak to four games picking up the assist with Matt McCready.  Garrett Clarke was sent to the box, sending the Sundogs on a four minute penalty kill after he was called for a double minor tripping penalty.  Arizona extended their lead in the second period with a backhanded goal from Paul Mcilveen at 2:38, from Brandon Coccimiglio and Rutherford. Justin Pender capitalized on a power play opportunity notching the Sundogs third goal when Daniel Amesbury threw off his gloves looking for a fight with Arizona’s Sebastian Geoffrion and was called for roughing. Mcilveen and Rutherford collected the assists.

At the end of the second period matching minors were accessed to Arizona’s Mcilveen, Michael Trebish and Denver’s Daniel Barczuk and Sean Zimmerman all for roughing. 8:18 into the final 20 minutes Cutthroats’ Garrett Bembridge registered Denver’s lone goal of the night with assists from Lee Moffie and Troy Schwab.  With 14 seconds left in the frame and Denver with the extra attacker, Rutherford collected his third point of the night tallying an empty net goal pushing Arizona to a three goal lead.

In net with the win for the Sundogs was Andrew Engelage making 34 saves.  The Cutthroats outshot the Sundogs 35-31. Arizona was 1-3 on the power play advantage and Denver was 0-2.

Both teams meet again tomorrow at the Dobson Arena in Vail, Colorado at 6:00pm as the Sundogs close up an eight day road trip before returning home to a sold out Kids Day Game against the Rapid City Rush on January 29, 2014.


Arizona Sundogs at Denver Cutthroats  Game: 2 — Jan. 25, 2014

Sundogs – 4   OT   Cutthroats – 3

The Arizona Sundogs made a comeback in a 4-3 overtime win against the Denver Cutthroats Saturday night, remaining undefeated in regulation since the start of the new year.

The Sundogs struck first when Garrett Clarke tallied a goal 16:50 into the period from Ian Schultz and Johan Ryd. Arizona gave up their lead during the second period after the Cutthroats registered two back-to-back power play goals.  Bryan Cameron served a too many men bench minor and 57 seconds later Jason Morgan went off for goalie interference, providing Denver with a 1:03, 5-on-3 man advantage.  Jean-Philipp Cabot scored the Cutthroats first goal, 13:13 into the second period and less than a minute later Daniel Barczuk followed it up with their second power play goal allowing them to take the lead after 40 minutes of play.

Garett Bembridge furthered Denver’s lead after he found the net when the puck bounced off the pads of Arizona goaltender, Andrew Engelage extending the Cutthroats lead by two goals 6:19 into the third period.  With just over five minutes left, the Sundogs came from behind to equalize the game when Paul Mcilveen scored on the power play after Daniel Amesbury was accessed two minutes for slashing.  Justin Pender and Mark Isherwood each picked up an assist.  And with 3:09 remaining in regulation Matt McCready lit the lamp and tied up the game sending the game into overtime where Jordan Clendenning registered the game winner.  McCready and Trebish each skated away with two points in the game.

Engelage was awarded the win, his 15 win of the season blocking 36 shots.  Arizona was outshot 39-38 and was 1-6 on the power play, while Denver was 2-5.  The Sundogs return home for a six game home stand when they kick it off against the Rapid City Rush.  All the action begins on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Tim’s Toyota Center, in their first ever Kids Day Game at 10:00am in front of a sold out crowd.

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 

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