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Dog Caller - Neither Home or Road a Happy Place for Arizona Sundogs

The Sundogs are a team in flux at this point in the season.

Mario Larocque and Adam Russo
Mario Larocque and Adam Russo
Valerie Haugh

The Arizona Sundogs currently hold the longest losing streak of the season in the CHL, while at the same time players are being added to the roster through signings and trades. This is the Sundogs' first full season under a new coach, yet somehow this season is highly reminiscent of the last several for Arizona's fans.

On Wednesday, the Sundogs faced off against the Allen Americans and Arizona got on the board first with a goal by forward Pascal Morency, assisted by Jake Hauswirth, late in the opening frame. Allen would tie the game before the first intermission. Just 33 seconds into the middle frame, Sundogs' forward Jake Hauswirth would light the lamp, assisted by Derek LeBlanc and Chad Nehring. The Americans would tie the game again just 25 seconds later. Arizona defenseman Kyle Hood would give his team the lead once more, assisted by Jeff Kyrzakos and Mario Larocque, but the Americans would even it up before the second intermission. Neither team would find the back of the net in the third period or overtime, and the teams would head to a shootout. Allen would score once in the shootout, while Arizona would fail to score at all, giving the Americans the 4-3 win. Arizona had 36 shots on goal, and goalie Adam Russo turned away 31 of the 34 shots he faced.

After Wednesday's game, the Sundogs hit the road then and took on the Missouri Mavericks. The Mavericks would score five goals in the first period. Arizona forward Chad Nehring would get his team on the board with a power play goal in the opening frame, assisted by Derek LeBlanc and Mario Larocque. Less than five minutes into the second period, forward Derek LeBlanc would cash in on a penalty shot opportunity for the Sundogs. The Mavericks would score again later in the middle frame. Arizona Captain and forward Jason Morgan would score his third goal of the season, assisted by Deron Cousens and David Brown, but Missouri would answer right back. Neither team would score in the third period, giving Missouri the 7-3 victory. The Sundogs totaled 26 shots on goal, and goalie David Brown made 25 saves on 32 shots.

Arizona traveled to Fort Worth to take on the Brahmas on Saturday. Fort Worth would score a power play goal in the first, second, and third periods before Arizona would get on the board with a goal by forward Matt Tassone, assisted by Chad Nehring and Karl Linden. The Brahmas would score another goal before the final buzzer and get the 4-1 win. Arizona had 18 shots on goal, and goalie Adam Russo turned away 25 of the 29 shots he faced.

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Twenty-six games into the season; Arizona is 9-13-4 and is in 8th place with 22 points.

The Sundogs' special teams currently has a 10.34% power play percentage and an 77.78% penalty kill percentage with 2 shorthanded goals scored and 1 allowed.

On 12/12 forward Matt Tassone signed a contract; On 12/14 defenseman Kyle Hood was traded to Missouri for forward Brian Bicek and defenseman Matt McCready, defenseman Adam Chorneyko signed a contract, forward Pascal Morency was placed on season-ending IR, Bicek and McCready were placed on team suspension, and defenseman Deron Cousens signed a contract; On 12/16 defenseman Matt Register was claimed off waivers; On 12/17 defenseman Mike Glaicar was acquired in a trade from Rapid City

Forward Chad Nehring continues to lead the Sundogs in both goals (10) and points (20).

The Sundogs play three road games this week before the Christmas break. On Tuesday, they face the Missouri Mavericks, then Denver Cutthroats on Friday and Saturday.