Dog Caller - Arizona Sundogs missing the wins by that much

Sundogs are fighting for every point - Valerie Haugh

The Arizona Sundogs were on the road for four games this week. They faced-off against the Tulsa Oilers on Wednesday, the Rapid City Rush on Friday and Saturday, then the Wichita Thunder on Tuesday.

Wednesday, the Tulsa Oilers would score four times in the first period and once in the third to get the 5-0 shutout win. The Sundogs totaled 34 shots on goal and goalie Andrew Engelage stopped 25 of the 30 shots on goal.

Arizona traveled to Rapid City to face the Rush on Friday and neither team would score in the first two periods. Early in the third, Sundogs' forward Riley Emmerson would light the lamp, assisted by Sebastian Geoffrion. A few minutes later Rapid City would tie the game and eventually send it to overtime. Neither team would score in the extra frame. In the shootout, Arizona would fail to score while the Rush would score three times to get the 2-1 win. Arizona had 28 shots on goal and goalie Andrew Engelage stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced.

The Sundogs and Rush would face-off again on Saturday and Arizona forward Kevin Baker would score the only goal of the first period, assisted by Bryan Cameron and Michael Trebish. Rapid City would tie the game in the second, but neither team would score again in regulation to send the game to overtime. In extra time, the Rush would score to get the 2-1 win. The Sundogs totaled 40 shots on goal and goalie Andrew Engelage stopped 29 of the 31 shots on goal.

Arizona traveled to Wichita on Tuesday and Sundogs' forward Dion Campbell would score on the power play early in the first, assisted by Justin Pender and Mark Isherwood. The Thunder would tie the game later in the period, but with time running out in the first, Arizona defenseman Justin Pender would score unassisted. In the second, Sundogs' forward Kevin Baker would increase his team's lead, assisted by Jason Morgan and Andrew Engelage.

Wichita would score twice in the middle frame to eventually send the game to overtime. Neither team would light the lamp in the extra frame. The Sundogs would score once in the shootout, while the Thunder would score twice for the 4-3 win. Arizona had 28 shots on goal and goalie Andrew Engelage stopped 37 of the 40 shots he faced.

Big Dog of the Week

Big Dog of the Week is being awarded to defenseman Justin Pender. In 43 games with the Sundogs this season, the 6'4" St. Johns, Newfoundland native has 17 points (5g/12a), a +3 +/- rating, 69 penalty minutes, and 82 shots on goal. The country music fan had one goal and one assist in Arizona's games this week. Pender has been a solid presence on the blue line for Sundogs this season, both in regular play and on special teams.

Dog Bites

  • Fifty-two games into the season, Arizona is 24-22-6 with 54 points. They are 8th out of 10 teams in the CHL; 14 points out of first place and in possession of the final playoff position by four points.
  • The Sundogs' special teams have a 19.69% power play percentage and an 84.02% penalty kill percentage, with four shorthanded goals scored and nine allowed.
  • On 2/18 forward Kyle Beattie signed a contract; On 2/19 goalie Chris Rawlings was granted leave by the league (he ended up practicing with the Phoenix Coyotes while Mike Smith spent time in Sochi), forward Kyle Beattie was waived, and goalie David Kopacz signed a contract;
  • On 2/21 forward Alex Tuckerman was activated from I.R.; On 2/22 defenseman Garrett Clarke was placed on 1-fame league suspension, forward Dion Campbell signed a contract, and forward Josh Harris was waived;
  • On 2/23 defenseman Garrett Clarke was activated from suspension; On 2/25 forward David Rutherford was moved from 7-day to 14-day I.R. and forward Shawn Limpright signed a contract.
  • Forward Kevin Baker leads the team in goals (24) and points (46).
  • Arizona stays on the road for three games this week. The Sundogs face the Allen Americans on Friday and Saturday, and then the Wichita Thunder on Sunday.
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