Arizona Sundogs Grab 2 Points vs Rapid City Rush

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Arizona Sundogs Gain 2 Valuable Points vs Rapid City Rush —

In spite of losing two close games versus the Rapid City Rush, one in a shootout and the other in overtime, the Arizona Sundogs gained two valuable points and cling to the eighth and final playoff spot. 

AZ standings

Game 1

Sundogs  1 — Rush  2   SO

The Arizona Sundogs fell to the Rapid City Rush 2-1, in a shootout Friday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.  Andrew Engelage made 34 saves and the Sundogs were awarded a point in the shootout.

After two periods of play neither team had cracked the scoreboard, remaining scoreless.  Early in the first Riley Emmerson and Justin Sawyer squared off and were each assessed five minute fighting majors 2:05 into the period.  1:15 later Garrett Clarke took a call for boarding sending the Rush on their first of six power plays of the night.  Arizona began the second period down a man after being called for a delay of game bench minor at the conclusion of the opening period.  The Sundogs’ failure to wait for the referee’s que to leave the bench resulted in their third penalty kill.  The second period saw more great scoring opportunities for each team however neither team were able to connect on the goals.

The Sundogs broke the deafening silence 2:02 into the third period with an unassisted goal by Emmerson giving Arizona the short lived lead.  Rapid City struck on their sixth power play opportunity 6:13 in, when Sean Erickson ripped the puck past goalie, Engelage with assists from Scot Wray and Jared Brown.  With the game undecided in regulation the game was pushed into overtime and following that, a three-round shootout where Rush scored on each of their shots, while the Sundogs were unsuccessful on theirs.

Engelage posted 34 saves on 35 shots. Rapid City outshot Arizona 35-28.  The Sundogs received two power play opportunities after Rapid City’s Jared Brown was given a four minute double-minor for high sticking.  The Rush were 1-6 on the man-advantage.

Game 2

Sundogs  1 — Rush  2   OT

For the second night the Rapid City Rush sneaked past the Arizona Sundogs in overtime, with the Sundogs losing 2-1 Saturday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.  In the final two games against the Rush in the regular season the Sundogs received two points holding them in the eighth spot in the standings.

Both teams came out strong, hungry for the victory.  Early in the opening period Sundogs’ Riley Emmerson was given two minutes for slashing and Johan Ryd took advantage of a shorthanded breakaway which Rapid City’s netminder Tim Boron covered up.  Five minutes later Ryd was key to killing off Alex Velischek’s cross checking penalty, making three big body blocks in front of the Arizona net.  With 32 seconds left in the opening period Kevin Baker scored on the rebound to put the Sundogs on top after 20 minutes.  Bryan Cameron and Michael Trebish each collected the assists.

Leading goal scorer for the Rush, Konrad Reeder knotted the game 6:43 into the second period with a wrister that caught Andrew Engelage off guard and sailed past his stick side.  With no third period scoring the game was forced into overtime for the second night and with 1:18 left, Matthew Larke notched the game winner for the Rush.

Engelage made 29 saves of the 31 shots faced.  Sundogs outshot the Rush 40-31.  Both teams received four power play opportunities and neither team could capitalize on the man-advantage.  Arizona picked up two points against the Rush and now head to Wichita for a game on Tuesday before moving on to Allen Texas for a set on Friday and Saturday.

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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