This week Arizona took to the road for three road games, all of them in Texas. The Sundogs matched up against the Laredo Bucks before traveling to Rio Grande Valley for two games against the Killer Bees.
Arizona played in a stand-alone game against the Laredo Bucks on the last day of November and it was the Sundogs who struck first with a powerplay goal by forward David Nimmo, assisted by Jeff Hazelwood and Kyle Hood, midway through the opening frame. Arizona's powerplay would strike again just four minutes later, this time forward Luke Erickson would find the back of the net, assisted by Kyle Hood and Tyler Butler. Neither team would score in the second, but Laredo got a goal early in the third to draw within a goal. With time running out, the Bucks would pull their goalie for the extra attacker, but it would be Sundogs' forward Adam Smyth who would find the back of the net, assisted by Jeff Hazelwood and Jason Goulet. The Sundogs totaled 32 shots on the night and goalie Scott Reid stopped 38 of the 39 shots he faced.
The Sundogs then traveled to Rio Grande Valley for games against the Killer Bees on Friday and Saturday. It was the Killer Bees who struck first on Friday, getting a shorthanded goal just over a minute into the game. Sundogs' forward Jeff Hazelwood would even the score four minutes later, assisted by Tyler Butler and Tyler Matheson. Rio Grande Valley would score three more times before the end of the opening frame and get the only goal of the second to take a 5-1 lead into the second intermission. Jeff Hazelwood would get his second of the night early in the third period, assisted by Tyler Matheson and Adam Smyth, and forward Kyle Hood would add another midway through the period, assisted by Corey Toy, but the Killer Bees would get the 5-3 win on the night. The Sundogs totaled 40 shots on the night. Arizona goal Scott Reid would start the game and make 15 saves on 19 shots, but he was pulled in the second period and goalie Levente Szuper stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced.
The teams met again on Saturday and again it was the Killer Bees getting a goal early for the only score in the opening frame. Rio Grande Valley would widen its lead to two midway through the second period before Sundogs' forward Adam Smyth would score unassisted to get Arizona on the board. The Killer Bees would keep the one goal lead until late in the third period when forward Samson Mahbod would tie the game with a powerplay goal, assisted by Kyle Hood and Samson Mahbod, sending it to overtime. Neither team would score in the extra period, sending it to a shootout. Rio Grande valley would score once in the shootout, but forward Kyle Hood and defenseman Shawn Mortin-Boutin would score for the Sundogs, giving them the 3-2 win. Arizona totaled 34 shots on the night. Sundogs' goalie Levente Szuper started the game and made 9 saves on 10 shots before leaving injured in the first period, Scott Reid finished the game making 23 saves on 24 shots.
Twenty games into the season; Arizona is 8-9-3 and is 6th in the Berry Conference.
The Sundogs' special teams currently have a 18.37% powerplay percentage and a 80.39% penalty kill percentage.
Forward Kyle Hood continues to lead the Sundogs in scoring with 26 pts (8g/18a), and is tied with forwards J.P. Chabot and Luke Erickson for the lead in goals with 8 a piece.
Forward Patrick Schafer was suspended four games for coming off the bench during a fight in Arizona's last home game.
The Sundogs continue their road trip with two games against the Rapid City Rush this week.