Arizona Sundogs Down, But Don't Quit

The Arizona Sundogsare still searching for the right mix on the ice - Valerie Haugh

The Arizona Sundogs returned to the road for three games. The Sundogs faced the Rapid City Rush on Friday and Saturday before traveling to Denver to face the Cutthroats on Tuesday.

After three losses at home, the Arizona Sundogs hit the ice in Rapid City with something to prove. Forward Ian Shultz would light the lamp less than two minutes into the first period, assisted by Justin Pender and Paul McIlveen. Midway through the opening frame, with his team on the power play, Sundogs' forward Damian Surma would extend the lead, assisted by Ian Shultz and Kevin Baker. The Rush would tie the score before the first intermission and score once in the second period to get the 3-2 win on the night. Arizona had 29 shots on goal, and goalie Andrew Engelage turned away 31 of the 34 shots he faced.

The teams faced-off again Saturday and Rapid City would score four times in the first period and once early in the second before the Sundogs would find the back of the net. Four minutes into the middle frame, Arizona forward Paul McIlveen would get his team on the board, assisted by Jason Morgan and Justin Pender. Sundogs' forward Dion Campbell would add another in the second period with a power play goal, assisted by Bryan Cameron and Jordan Clendenning. The Rush would score less than a minute into the third period to retake the four-goal lead. Midway through the third, with Arizona on the power play once more, forward Jordan Clendenning would light the lamp; Paul McIlveen and Jeff Buvinow with the helpers.

Nineteen seconds later, Sundogs' defenseman Ryan Gaucher would cut further into the Rush's lead, assisted by Paul McIlveen and Justin Pender. With less than two minutes left in the game and Arizona on the power play again, the Sundogs would pull the goalie and forward Jordan Clendenning would get his second of the night, assisted by Jeff Buvinow and Sebastian Geoffrion. The comeback would fall short though and Rapid City would get the 6-5 win. The Sundogs totaled 31 shots on goal and goalie Fogal made 30 saves on 36 shots.

Tuesday, the Sundogs would travel to Colorado to face the Denver Cutthroats for the first time this season. Arizona forward Jordan Clendenning would get the only goal of the first period, assisted by Bryan Cameron and Dion Campbell. Denver would score twice early in the second to take the lead. Midway through the game, with the Sundogs on the power play, forward Paul McIlveen would tie the game, assisted by Bryan Cameron and Jeff Buvinow.

Arizona would retake the lead in the third period when Paul McIlveen would get his second goal of the night, assisted by Kevin Baker and Jason Morgan. The Cutthroats would tie the game and send it to overtime. In the extra frame, Sundogs' forward Jordan Clendenning would get his second goal of the night, this one unassisted, and the 4-3 victory. Arizona had 35 shots on goal, and goalie Andrew Engelage turned away 29 of the 32 shots he faced.

Big Dog of the Week

This week's Big Dog of the Week title goes to forward Paul McIlveen for his four points in the two games against the Rush and two goals against the Cutthroats. The Waterloo native has four goals, five assists, a -3 +/- rating, 45 shots, and 14 penalty minutes this season.

Dog Bites

  • Eleven games into the season, Arizona is 2-8-1 with five points. They are 10th out of 10 teams in the CHL, and 13 points out of first place.
  • The Sundogs' special teams have a 15.38% power play percentage and an 84.21% penalty kill percentage, with zero shorthanded goals scored and three allowed.
  • On 11/05 goalie Cam Lanigan was waived and defenseman Jeff Buvinow signed a contract; On 11/6 goalie Brad Fogal signed a contract; On 11/8 defenseman Matt McCready was placed on 7-day I.R.; On 11/9 forward Alex Tuckerman was moved from 7-day I.R. to 14-day I.R. and defenseman Ryan Gaucher was activated from I.R.; On 11/11 defenseman Michael Trebish was acquired by trade from Denver, forward Johan Ryd signed a contract, forward Darcy Verot was waived, and forward Damian Surma was waived
  • Forward Paul McIlveen is currently leading the team with nine points (4g/5a)
  • Arizona stays on the road to face the expansion St. Charles Chill on Friday and Saturday

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