Kip Brennan & Adam Russo - Valerie Haugh
With four games this week, two at home and two on the road, the Sundogs would have the chance to climb the standings and secure a better playoff spot if they kept winning.
Tuesday night the Sundogs met the Fort Worth Brahmas at home. Arizona forward Jake Hauswirth scored an early power play goal to get his team on the board, assisted by Kevin Petovello and Ron Myers. Midway through the period, the Brahmas would score and send the teams into the first intermission tied. Hauswirth would score again in the middle frame, assisted by Ron Myers and Matt McCready. Early in the third period, Fort Worth would tie the game once more. Sundogs' forward Chad Nehring would put his team ahead when he found the back of the net, assisted by Kevin Petovello and Ron Myers, less than halfway into the third period. But Fort Worth would tie the game with a power play goal in the third, and then score the game winner in overtime. Arizona had 27 shots on goal, and goalie Adam Russo turned away 26 of the 30 shots he faced.
Arizona and Fort Worth met again Wednesday night and though the game was on Sundogs' ice, the game belonged to the Brahmas. In the first and second periods Fort Worth would score five goals before Arizona would get on the board. Forward Kevin Petovello would score his team's only goal of the night on the power play, assisted by Jake Hauswirth and Mario Larocque. The Brahmas would score two more goals in the third period to get the 7-1 win. Arizona totaled 18 shots on goal, and goalie David Brown started the game and made 25 saves on 32 shots. Adam Russo finished the game and made 3 saves on 3 shots.
The Sundogs then hit the road again to face-off against the Tulsa Oilers on Friday night. The road would be no kinder than home was to Arizona as Tulsa would get a 2-0 win on the night. The Sundogs totaled 39 shots on goal, and goalie Adam Russo made 19 saves on 21 shots.
Continuing their trip, Arizona would meet the Quad City Mallards on Saturday. Like the night before, the Mallards would score the first two goals just four minutes into the opening frame. But a minute later Sundogs' forward Ron Myers lit the lamp, assisted by Johan Ryd and Jake Hauswirth. Still in the first period, Arizona forward Jake Hauswirth would tie the game, assisted by Johan Ryd. The tie would eventually be broken late in the second period, with a Quad City power play goal that proved to be the eventual game winner. Arizona had 34 shots on goal, and goalie Adam Russo turned away 26 of the 29 shots he faced.
Fifty-two games into the season, Arizona is 23-24-5 and is in 8th place with 51 points, 16 points out of 1st place.
The Sundogs' special teams currently has a 11.96% power play percentage and an 81.42% penalty kill percentage with 4 shorthanded goals scored and 2 allowed.
On 2/2 defenseman Karl Linden was placed on 7-day IR; On 2/14 forward Adam Smyth was waived; On 2/15 defenseman Kirill Tulupov was signed; On 2/15 forward Cody Purves was activated from IR
Forward Chad Nehring continues to lead the Sundogs in both goals (27) and points (48).
The Sundogs have only one game this week, a home game Saturday against the Tulsa Oilers. The puck drops at 8:05 p.m. at Tim's Toyota Center.