Chad Nehring (L) now leads the CHL in goals - Valerie Haugh
This week the Sundogs played a split schedule with one road game and two games at home. On the road, Arizona faced the Quad City Mallards before the Denver Cutthroats came to Tim's Toyota Center for a weekend stand.
Tuesday night the Sundogs scored first in their game against the Mallards. Forward Chad Nehring lit the lamp just 6:43 into the opening frame, assisted by Jason Morgan and Derek LeBlanc. A minute and a half later, forward Kevin Petovello doubled Arizona's lead, assisted by Mike Glaicar and Ron Myers. The Sundogs were unable to score again in regulation, while Quad City would tie the game and send it to overtime. Neither team would score in the extra frame. In the shootout, Chad Nehring would be the only player on either team to find the back of the net, giving Arizona the 3-2 victory. The Sundogs had 31 shots on goal, and goalie Adam Russo turned away 31 of the 33 shots he faced.
Returning home, Arizona faced-off against the Denver Cutthroats and again it was Nehring with the first goal. This time it was a 5-on-3 power play goal scored midway through the first period, assisted by Matt McCready. Less than a minute later, defenseman Matt Register would extend the Sundogs' lead with another power play goal, assisted by Ron Myers and Johan Ryd. Denver would get the only goal in the middle frame and then score early in the third to tie the game. Chad Nehring would collect his second of the night at 7:42 of the third, assisted by Matt McCready and Chad Langlais. On the power play late in the game, forward Derek LeBlanc would seal up the Sundogs' victory with a goal, assisted by Jason Morgan. Arizona totaled 34 shots on goal, and goalie Adam Russo made 23 saves on 25 shots.
On Saturday, the Sundogs and Cutthroats met again and this time it was Denver who would score first, collecting two goals in the first period. Arizona would not get on the board until 12:00 of the middle frame when Chad Nehring would continue his hot streak, assisted by Zack Firlotte and Derek LeBlanc. Neither team would light the lamp again, giving Denver the 2-1 win. The Sundogs had 51 shots on goal, and goalie David Brown turned away 26 of the 28 shots he faced.
Thirty-seven games into the season, Arizona is 16-17-4 and is in 8th place with 36 points, 15 points out of 1st place.
The Sundogs' special teams currently has a 12.10% power play percentage and an 79.22% penalty kill percentage with 4 shorthanded goals scored and 2 allowed.
On 1/8 defenseman Zack Firlotte was activated from IR and forward Matt Tassone was recalled to Lake Erie; On 1/10 defenseman Adam Chorneyko was activated from IR and placed on team suspension; On 1/11 defenseman Karl Linden was placed on 7-day IR; On 1/12 forward Joe Dusbabek signed a contract.
Forward Chad Nehring leads the Sundogs in both goals (25) and points (40). His 25 goals have moved Nehring into the top goal scoring position in the CHL.
Arizona has two home games this weekend. The team faces the Allen Americans on Friday and Saturday, the puck dropping at 7:05 pm both nights. The Sundogs will then travel to Texas to face the Americans on Monday afternoon.