Sundogs Lose Games Three and Four To Denver

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The Arizona Sundogs Face Elimination Saturday Night in Denver —

The Arizona Sundogs lost games three and four at home this week and trail in the series three games to one.  The Sundogs could be facing elimination Saturday night in game five versus the Cutthroats in Denver.

Game 3

Arizona Sundogs – 4   Denver Cutthroats – 5  Ot

The Arizona Sundogs lost, in their third overtime game of the post-season being narrowly edged out by the Denver Cutthroats 5-4 Tuesday night at Tim’s Toyota Center in front of 3,326 fans.  The Sundogs trail the Cutthroats in the series, 2-1.

Arizona Sundogs goal

Sundogs celebrate a goal !!!          photo by Matt Santos

Arizona carried the lead after the first two periods when they got on the board early, 1:30 into the first with a goal from Matt McCready and assisted by David Rutherford.  The Cutthroats tied up the score halfway through the period when Aaron McKenzie found the back of the net from Cam Reid and Robin Soudek.  With less than four minutes in the opening period Denver gave Arizona the man-advantage after Reid was assessed the only penalty of the first period, receiving two minutes for hooking. Bryan Cameron connected with a pass from Mark Isherwood and Paul Mcilveen to register the Sundogs first of two power play goals.

Only two minutes into the second period Matt Forney lit the lamp for Arizona’s second power play goal after Steve Kaunisto was called for cross checking.  Shawn Limpright and Rutherford tallied the helpers.  Denver’s Reid evened up the game scoring 10:15 into the period from Kyle Fletcher and two minutes later posted his second after a Denver player crashed into Sundogs netminder Andrew Engelage. Arizona took back the lead with a goal from Kevin Baker 15:42 into the second with assists going to Rutherford and Cameron.

The game would begin the third period with 4-on-4 hockey after Sebastian Geoffrion was called for kneeing late in the second and Soudek received two for interference.  30 seconds into the period Kaunisto equalized the game for Denver sending it into overtime where Kaunisto would tally the game winning goal with 2:25 remaining in the extra period.  Shortly into overtime goaltender, Adam Brown entered after Engelage skated off with an injury.  Brown received the loss making eight out of nine saves in overtime. Engelage faced 33 shots and made 29 saves on net.  Sundogs outshot the Cutthroats 43-42. Arizona was 2-4 on the power play and Denver was 0-4.

Game Summary

5-4

Game 4

Arizona Sundogs – 1   Denver Cutthroats – 4  

The Arizona Sundogs sank in Game 4 against the Denver Cutthroats in front of 3,391 fans at Tim’s Toyota Center Wednesday night, 4-1.

With two unanswered goals in the opening period and two more in the second Denver was on their way to a victory after 40 minutes.  Troy Schwab kicked off Denver’s offensive surge with a goal 13:20 into the period from AJ Gale and Steve Kaunsito and 6:34 later Daniel Barczuk cushioned their lead with another goal.

Denver goal

Cutthroats celebrate a goal             photo by Matt Santos

Mikael Tam tallied both second period goals for Denver, the first at 3:51 from Gale and his second at 19:04 from Kaunisto and TJ Fox.  Sebastian Geoffrion finally solved Cutthroats goalie Kent Patterson when he scored Arizona’s only goal of the night with 16 seconds left in the second period with assists going to Justin Pender and Johan Ryd.  Neither team scored in the final period as tempers began to flare.  A combined 58 penalty minutes were served in the third with the Sundogs receiving 36 minutes and the Cutthroats being assessed 22 minutes.

Game Summary

4-1

Adam Brown took the loss for the Sundogs making 20 saves.  The Sundogs outshot the Cutthroats by one-to-two, 55-24.  Neither team connected on the power play with Arizona 0-7 and Denver 0-5. The series will shift back to Denver at the Denver Coliseum for Game 5 Saturday night at 6:00PM.

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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