Chad Nehring continues to lead the Sundogs in points - Valerie Haugh
A tough minor league schedule was not kind to the Arizona Sundogs this past week.
The Arizona Sundogs were away this week for a three games in three nights in three different cities road trip. The Sundogs faced the Fort Worth Brahmas on Friday night, the Allen Americans on Saturday night, and the Tulsas on Sunday night.
When Arizona faced-off against the Texas on Friday, the Brahmas would own the ice. Texas scored once in the first and twice in the third, the last two on the power play, to come away with a 3-0 win. Arizona had 24 shots on goal, and goalie Adam Russo turned away 23 of the 26 shots he faced.
The Sundogs then traveled to Allen to take on the first place Americans. Neither team would light the lamp in the opening frame. Arizona forward Chad Nehring would get his team on the board with an unassisted goal early in the second period. Allen would then score twice and take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. Midway through the final period, Sundogs' forwardwould tie the game, assisted by Adam Smyth and Cody Purves. Three minutes later, forward Derek LeBlanc would give Arizona the lead, assisted by Chad Nehring and Mario Larocque. With time running out, Allen would pull their goalie and defenseman Kyle Hood would get the empty-net goal for the Sundogs, assisted by Derek LeBlanc to earn the 4-2 victory. The Sundogs totaled 30 shots on goal, and goalie David Brown made 35 saves on 37 shots.
On Sunday, Arizona met Tulsa for the first time this season and Sundogs' defenseman Mario Larocque scored unassisted just 1:17 into the opening period. Tulsa would tie the game a few minutes later, but Arizona forward Ron Myers would give his team the lead soon after, assisted by Kevin Petovello and Jeff Kyrzakos. The Oilers would score before the first buzzer and the teams would go into the intermission tied. Late in the second, Sundogs' forward Jake Hauswirth would give his team the lead, assisted by Karl Linden. Tulsa would score once in the second and again in the third to take the 4-3 win. Arizona had 37 shots on goal, and goalie Adam Russo turned away 22 of the 26 shots he faced.
Twenty games into the season Arizona is 9-8-3 and is in 6th place.
The Sundogs' special teams currently has a 10.53% power play percentage and an 80.22% penalty kill percentage with 2 shorthanded goals scored and 1 allowed.
On 11/30 defenseman Keith Wynn was moved from 7-day IR to 30-day IR, defenseman Karl Linden was activated from IR, forward Kevin Petovello signed a contract, defenseman David Schlemko was placed on team suspension, forward Don Maloney Jr was waived, forward was activated from IR and forward Mikael Bedard was waived; On 12/1 defenseman Mario Larocque was activated from league suspension; on 12/2 defenseman Kyle Hood was placed on 4-game league suspension;
Forward Chad Nehring continues to lead the Sundogs in both goals (9) and points (16).
Arizona plays a three-game home stand this week. They lost 3-2 to the Denver Cutthroats last night and play at 7:05 on Friday and Saturday against the Rapid City Rush.