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Dog Caller - Extended Road Trip Takes Toll on Arizona Sundogs

After a dominating showing at home, the Sundogs faced a brutal road schedule and that tripped up Arizona's momentum.

Forward Chad Nehring
Forward Chad Nehring
Valerie Haugh

The Arizona Sundogs hit the road for a four games in five nights in three different cities road trip, and the road hit back as the Sundogs' faltered.

Arizona's first game was in South Dakota against the Rapid City Rush on Tuesday Night. The Rush scored first, but Sundogs' forward Chad Nehring tied it up before the first intermission, assisted by Derek LeBlanc and Kyle Hood. Rapid City would score twice in the middle frame. Chad Nehring would cut the deficit to one in the third period, assisted by Derek LeBlanc and Zack Firlotte, but the Rush would come away with the 3-2 win. Arizona totaled 30 shots on goal, and goalie David Brown made 23 saves on 26 shots.

The Sundogs then traveled to Colorado to play the Denver Cutthroats and Denver dominated the game from start to finish. The Cutthroats scored three times in the first, twice in the second and once in the third to earn the 6-0 shutout. Arizona had 22 shots on goal, and goalie Adam Russo turned away 24 of the 30 shots he faced.

Denver and Arizona met again on Friday night and this time it was defense that ruled as neither team would score in the first two periods. Midway through the third, the Cutthroats would score. With time running out, Sundogs' defenseman Mario Larocque would get his team on the board, assisted by Jason Morgan. The game would end with the teams tied and neither team would score in the extra time, sending them to a shootout. Arizona would be unable to find the back of the net, but Denver would score three times to come away with the victory. Arizona totaled 27 shots on goal, and goalie David Brown made 31 saves on 32 shots.

The Sundogs would then travel to Wichita to take on the Thunder Saturday night. Wichita would get the only goal in the first period. Arizona forward Jake Hauswirth would tie the game up in the middle frame, assisted by Mikael Bedard. Neither team would score in the third period or overtime, sending the Sundogs to a shootout for the second straight night. Wichita would score once in the shootout, but Arizona would get goals from Mikael Bedard and Derek LeBlanc to earn the 2-1 victory. Arizona had 21 shots on goal, and goalie Adam Russo turned away 27 of the 28 shots he faced.

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Fourteen games into the season; Arizona is 7-4-3 and is in 3rd place. With only 10 teams in the CHL this year, all teams are in one conference, the Berry Conference.

The Sundogs' special teams currently has a 11.67% power play percentage and an 84.48% penalty kill percentage with 2 shorthanded goals scored and none allowed.

On 11/14 forward Kyle Chipchura was placed on team suspension, forward Johan Ryd was placed on 7-day IR, and forward Jake Hauswirth was activated from IR; on 11/17 forward Adam Smyth was granted bereavement leave by the league and defenseman Gord Burnett was activated from IR

Forward Chad Nehring leads the Sundogs in both goals (8) and points (14).

Arizona returns home for a three game homestand against the Allen Americans. The teams meet Wednesday, puck drops at 6:05 p.m., and Friday and Saturday with the puck dropping at 7:05 p.m.