Dog Caller - Arizona Sundogs vs. Allen Americans for three straight

Mike Trebish has been a strong force on the blue line for Arizona - Valerie Haugh

The Arizona Sundogs split their time this week with two games at home against the Allen Americans and then one on the road against those same Americans.

Friday night, the Sundogs and Americans faced-off for the first of three meetings and neither would score in the opening frame.

Early in the second, Allen would get on the board.

Coming into this game, goalie Andrew Engelage was fifth amongst CHL goalies for continuous shutout minutes. When Allen scored to break his streak, Engelage had climbed to second place.

Less than a minute later, Arizona forward Brandon Coccimiglio would tie the score, assisted by David Rutherford and Michael Couch. Coccimiglio would score again to give his team the lead, assisted by David Rutherford and Kevin Baker.

The Americans would score twice before the end of the period to take a lead into the second intermission.

Midway through the third, with Arizona on the power play, forward Ian Schultz would tie the game, assisted by Brandon Coccimiglio and David Rutherford, to send the game to overtime.

Neither team would light the lamp in the extra frame and the teams would go to a shootout. Sundogs' forward Bryan Cameron would get the only goal in the shootout to earn the 4-3 victory for his team.

Arizona had 31 shots on goal, and goalie Andrew Engelage turned away 19 of the 22 shots he faced.

Saturday, the teams met again, and Arizona forward Paul McIlveen would find the back of the net just 33 seconds into the first period, assisted by David Rutherford and Brandon Coccimiglio. Allen would score to tie it up just a few minutes later. Sundogs forward Johan Ryd would score later in the first, assisted by Sebastian Geoffrion and Jason Morgan, to give his team the lead going into the first intermission.

Neither team would score in the second, and the Americans would tie the game early in the third. Less than a minute later, Sundogs' forward David Rutherford would give his team the lead again, assisted by Brandon Coccimiglio. Allen would score before the end of the third, and neither team would score in the overtime, so it would go to a shootout for the second straight night. Forward Kevin Baker would score for Arizona, but Allen would score twice to get the 4-3 win.

The Sundogs totaled 39 shots on goal and goalie Andrew Engelage stopped 36 of the 39 shots on goal.

The teams traveled to Texas and Allen would get the on the board first with a goal midway through the opening period. Arizona would be on the power play later in the first when forward Kevin Baker would tie the game, assisted by Bryan Cameron and Justin Pender. Neither team would score in the second.

The Sundogs scored again on the power play in the third, when forward Paul McIlveen would give his team the lead, assisted by Bryan Cameron and David Rutherford.

The Americans would pull their goalie late in the third and score to tie the game, then score in overtime to get the 3-2 win.

Arizona had 24 shots on goal, and goalie Chris Rawlings turned away 24 of the 27 shots he faced.

Big Dog of the Week

The Big Dog of the Week goes to Brandon Coccimiglio for the second time this season. In his 11 games with the Sundogs, the Burlington, Ontario native has 19 points (10-9-19), a +3 +/- rating, zero penalty minutes, and 36 shots on goal. In the three game series with Allen, he had two goals and three assists.

Dog Bites

  • Thirty-six games into the season, Arizona is 15-18-3 with 33 points. They are 9th out of 10 teams in the CHL: 17 points out of first place and out of the final playoff position by one point.
  • The Sundogs' special teams have a 17.20% power play percentage and an 83.53% penalty kill percentage, with three shorthanded goals scored and eight allowed.
  • On 1/17 forward Brandon Coccimiglio was activated from I.R., defenseman Jeff Buvinow was moved from 14-day I.R. to 30-day I.R., and forward Jason Morgan was activated from I.R.; On 1/18 defenseman Alex Velischek was placed on 7-day I.R.; On 1/20 defenseman Mark Isherwood was activated from leave by league, forward Dion Campbell was activated from I.R. and waived.
  • Forward Paul McIlveen leads the team in points with 32 (12g/20a)
  • Arizona remains on the road for games against the Denver Cutthroats on Friday and Saturday

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