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Dog Caller - Arizona Sundogs Roll the Thunder

The Arizona Sundogs took to the road to face the Wichita Thunder in back-to-back games.

Newcomer David Rutherford has made an immediate impact with Arizona
Newcomer David Rutherford has made an immediate impact with Arizona
Valerie Haugh

The teams met Friday and Arizona forward David Rutherford would get his team on the board just 27 seconds into the opening period, assisted by Brandon Coccimiglio.

Wichita would tie the game up with a goal later in the first. Forty seconds after the score was tied, Sundogs' forward Brandon Coccimiglio gave his team the lead again, assisted by David Rutherford and Paul McIlveen.

In the second period, with Arizona on the power play, Arizona forward Kevin Baker would extend his team's lead, assisted by Ian Schultz and Andrew Engelage.

The Thunder would get two goals before the second intermission to tie the game up once more.

Early in the third, forward David Rutherford would give his team the lead again, assisted by Garrett Clarke.Midway through the third, Arizona forward Bryan Cameron would extend his team's lead, assisted by Kevin Baker and Jordan Clendenning.

As time was running out, Wichita would pull their goal and Brandon Coccimiglio would score an unassisted empty-netter to give the Sundogs the 6-3 victory. Arizona had 24 shots on goal, and Engelage turned away 28 of the 31 shots he faced.

On Saturday, the teams faced-off again and neither team would score in the first two periods. Midway through the third, Arizona forward Johan Ryd would find the back of the net, assisted by David Rutherford and Brandon Coccimiglio.

A few minutes later, with the Sundogs on the power play, forward David Rutherford lit the lamp, assisted by Brandon Coccimiglio and Johan Ryd.

Just over a minute later, Arizona would return to the power play and forward Kevin Baker would score, assisted by Jordan Clendenning and Bryan Cameron, sealing the 3-0 victory.

The Sundogs totaled 26 shots on goal and goalie Andrew Engelage stopped all 29 shots he faced.

Big Dog of the Week

Big Dog of the Week this week goes to David Rutherford. In his three games with the Sundogs, the Ladner, BC native has six points (4-2-6), a +4 rating, two penalty minutes, and 14 shots on goal. The 5'8", 180lbs forward had three goals and two assists in Arizona's two games against the Thunder.

Dog Bites

  • Thirty-one games into the season, Arizona is 12-18-1 with 25 points. They are 9th out of 10 teams in the CHL, and 23 points out of first place and one point out of the final playoff position.

  • The Sundogs' special teams have a 16.46% power play percentage and an 81.88% penalty kill percentage, with three shorthanded goals scored and eight allowed.

  • On 1/2 defenseman Michael Couch was acquired by trade from Brampton and defenseman Mark Isherwood was granted leave by the league; On 1/4 forward Brodie Zuk was activated from I.R. and forward Kevin Baker was placed on 7-day I.R.; On 1/7 defenseman Michael Couch signed a contract

  • Forward Paul McIlveen continues to lead the team in points with 29 (9g/20a)

  • Arizona remains on the road for games against the St. Charles Chill on Friday and the Quad City Mallards on Saturday