Arizona Sundogs Win One Lose One In Denver

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Arizona Sundogs Gain a Split in Games 1 and 2 Versus the Cutthroats —

The Arizona Sundogs return home for two games on Tuesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 23 after gaining a split in the first two games of their CHL semi-final series versus the Denver Cutthroats this weekend in Colorado.

Game 1 

Sundogs – 1     Cutthroats – 2

The Arizona Sundogs couldn’t hang on for the win falling to the Denver Cutthroats 2-1 Friday night at the Denver Coliseum in game one of the semi-finals of the Central Hockey League Playoffs.

Halfway through the opening period Kevin Baker was given a two minute roughing minor after a scrum broke out in front of Denver’s net sending the Sundogs on the penalty kill.  With 5:03 left in the first Shawn Limpright received a shorthanded breakaway opportunity but was unable to connect for the goal.


The Sundogs drop a 2 – 1 decision vs the Cutthroats in Denver

After a scoreless first period Denver tallied two unanswered power play goals in the second. Arizona started the second on the power play after TJ Fox was called for an illegal check late in the first.  54 seconds into the period Limpright was sent off for cross checking providing Denver the scoring opportunity they needed, registering their first power play goal 1:24 by JP Chabot from Troy Schwab and Robin Soudek.  Four minutes later AJ Gale notched the Cutthroats second goal again while on the man-advantage after David Rutherford was assessed a two minute minor, for goalie interference.  Denver received their second 5-on-3 power play after Maxwell picked up two for an illegal check and Matt McCready received two for slashing. Arizona successfully killed off their penalties not allowing Denver to further their lead.


Alex Velischek had a great chance early in the third but the puck caught the post.  Arizona finally got on the board with a goal from Johan Ryd and assists from Maxwell and Velischek.  With Mike Forney and Sean Zimmerman both in the box for penalties with 41 seconds left in the third the game would go to 4-on-4 hockey until Arizona pulled goaltender Andrew Engelage for the extra attacker looking to tie up the game, but it wasn’t enough.

Engelage made 33 saves.  Arizona was outshot by Denver 35-29.  The Sundogs were 0-4 on the power play and the Cutthroats were 2-9. 

Game 2

Sundogs – 4     Cutthroats – 3

The Arizona Sundogs held on for a 4-3 win over the Denver Cutthroats Saturday night at the Denver Coliseum, evening the series 1-1. Mike Forney and Paul Mcilveen each tallied two points.

Only two minutes into the opening frame Alex Tuckerman and Phil Tesoriero received matching penalties for roughing resulting in 4-on-4 hockey.  Shortly after, AJ Gale scored on a breakaway from Troy Schwab taking the early lead.  Sitting on the front door of the Denver net and with the extra attacker, Shawn Limpright lit the lamp halfway through the period with a feed from Forney and Mcilveen to even things up.  At the 14:22 mark Tommy Maxwell and Dan Barczuk dropped their gloves in front of the Arizona bench resulting coincidentals for roughing and Maxwell received an additional two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct sending the Sundogs on the penalty kill.  With 11 seconds before killing off their penalty Arizona would find themselves down again when Denver received a lucky bounce of the puck after it found its way over the glove side of netminder Andrew Engelage.

AZ 4-3 over Den

The Sundogs got their split win a 2 – 1 win over the Cutthroats

Arizona bounced back in the second period scoring three unanswered goals giving them the lead after 40 minutes of play.  10:35 into the second period Kevin Baker was sent off for a four minute double minor for high sticking and while a man down, Alex Tuckerman scored a shorthanded goal with a pass from Maxwell equalizing the game.  Arizona posted two more goals less than a minute apart while playing 4-on-4 hockey.  Justin Pender tallied the third goal with a feed from David Rutherford and Mike Forney and then moments later Alex Velischek followed it up with the game winning goal from Mcilveen and Cameron.


Hoping to come back in the third Denver’s Schwab tallied a power play goal after Maxwell was called for a two minute elbowing minor.  With 1:10 to go in the third the Cutthroats pulled their goalie, Kent Patterson for the extra attacker, applying pressure but Sundogs goalie covered it.

Engelage earned his fifth win of the post-season making 35 saves.  Each team tallied 38 shots on net. Arizona was unsuccessful on the power play with eight advantages and Denver was 2-6.  The series now shifts to Arizona for games on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22nd and 23rd at Tim’s Toyota Center.

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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