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Dog Caller - Arizona Sundogs Slump at Home

The Sundogs lack of offense and consecutive losses sadly all to reminiscent of previous seasons.

Goalie David Brown
Goalie David Brown
Valerie Haugh

The Arizona Sundogs struggles continued this week as they played three games at home. On Tuesday, they faced the Denver Cutthroats and the Rapid City Rush on Friday and Saturday.

The Cutthroats took an early lead, scoring twice in the first period when the teams faced off. Arizona wouldn't get on the board until the third period when forward Adam Smyth scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Cody Purves and Karl Linden. Forward Cody Purves would tie the game less than six minutes later, assisted by Jake Hauswirth and Pascal Morency. Denver would quickly retake the lead however and come away with the 3-2 win. The Sundogs totaled 21 shots on goal, and goalie David Brown made 19 saves on 22 shots.

When the Sundogs and Rush met on Friday and neither team would light the lamp until midway through the middle frame when Rapid City would find the back of the net. The Rush would score again early in the third period. Sundogs' forward Pascal Morency would get his team on the board, assisted by Chad Langlais and Jeff Kyrzakos, but Rapid City would get the 2-1 win. Arizona had 19 shots on goal, and goalie Adam Russo turned away 31 of the 33 shots he faced.

When the teams met again on Saturday night, Rapid City would score four unanswered goals; one in the first, two in the second, and one in the third; before Arizona would light the lamp. On the power play, forward Derek LeBlanc would score his team's only goal of the night, assisted by Jeff Kyrzakos and Chad Langlais. The Sundogs totaled 24 shots on goal, and goalie David Brown made 37 saves on 41 shots.

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Twenty-three games into the season; Arizona is 9-11-3 and in 8th place.

The Sundogs' special teams currently has a 10.58% power play percentage and an 80.20% penalty kill percentage with 2 shorthanded goals scored and 1 allowed.

On 12/9 defenseman Kyle Hood was activated from league suspension.

Forward Chad Nehring continues to lead the Sundogs in both goals (9) and points (17).

The Sundogs play a split schedule this week, facing the Allen Americans at home on Wednesday before going on the road to play the Missouri Mavericks on Friday and the Fort Worth Brahmas on Saturday.