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Dog Caller - Halloween Week a Treat for the Arizona Sundogs

Playing both at home and away this week, the Arizona Sundogs experienced some thrills and an incident that led to some chills.

Sundogs' goalie David Brown in the special Halloween jerseys
Sundogs' goalie David Brown in the special Halloween jerseys
Valerie Haugh

The Arizona Sundogs had a mix of home and road games this week. The Sundogs played at home on Halloween against the Fort Worth Brahmas before traveling to South Dakota to take on the Rapid City Rush on Friday and Saturday.

On Wednesday, Arizona faced-off against the Brahmas and the Halloween game was nothing but a treat for the Sundogs. Forward Jake Hauswirth got the scoring started with a goal three minutes into the first period, assisted by Jason Morgan and Kyle Hood. Arizona extended its lead with a goal by defenseman Kyle Schussler four minutes into the middle frame, assisted by David Schlemko and Chad Nehring. Late in the second, Arizona was on a 5-on-3 power play when defenseman Mario Larocque got one in the back of the net, assisted by Kyle Chipchura and Nehring. With goalie David Brown standing tall in net, the Sundogs continued to dominate as forward Don Maloney Jr. scored his first professional goal, assisted by Hood and Morgan, midway through the final frame. Brown owned the ice and led Arizona to a 4-0 shutout. Arizona totaled 22 shots on goal, and Brown made 29 saves.

The Sundogs hit the road over the weekend for a trip to South Dakota; a trip that included a bus fire that left the team on the side of a Colorado road for five hours. Arizona faced the Rush on Friday night and neither team would light the lamp in the first period. Early in the second, forward Jeff Kyrzakos would score on the power play, assisted by Schussler and Pascal Morency. Rapid City would score less than a minute later to tie the game. Forward Chad Nehring would give Arizona the lead once more with a goal less than a minute after that, assisted by Cody Purves. Just 14 seconds later, Sundogs' defenseman Kyle Hood would increase the lead, assisted by Morency and Kyrzakos. Arizona's lead would grow to three when Kyrzakos would score unassisted before the end of the second period. Rapid City would score with an extra attacker on the ice in the third frame, but the Sundogs would hold on for the 4-2 win. Arizona had 17 shots on goal, and goalie Adam Russo turned away 33 of the 35 shots he faced.

The Sundogs and Rush would meet again on Saturday and once again neither team would score in the first. This time Rapid City would light the lamp first, scoring twice in the first four minutes of the second period. Sundogs' forward Johan Ryd, assisted by Adam Smyth and Jason Morgan, would score midway through the game. Arizona's comeback would fall short however as neither team would score again, giving the Rush the 2-1 win. The Sundogs totaled 27 shots on goal, and goalie David Brown made 37 saves on 39 shots.

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Seven games into the season, Arizona is 3-2-2 and is in 5th 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 12.12% power play percentage and an 82.76% penalty kill percentage with 1 shorthanded goal scored and none allowed.

On 10/26 defenseman Karl Linden was placed on 14-day I.R.; On 10/27 forward Mikael Bedard was placed on 7-day I.R.; On 10/30 defenseman Kyle Hood signed a contract and forward Johan Ryd was activated from I.R.; On 10/31 forward Don Maloney Jr. was activated from bereavement leave; On 11/1 defenseman David Schlemko was granted bereavement leave by the league; On 11/2 forward Pascal Morency was placed on 7-day I.R. and defenseman Zack Firlotte was activated from I.R.; On 11/3 forward Mikael Bedard was activated from I.R.

Forward Chad Nehring leads the Sundogs in goals (4) and points (7)

Arizona returns home to play three games against the first year Denver Cutthroats. The teams meet for the first time on Wednesday, the puck drops at 6:05p.m., and then again on Friday and Saturday with the puck dropping at 7:05 p.m.