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Dog Caller - Arizona Sundogs cage the beast

The Arizona Sundogs remained at home for games against the Brampton Beast on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

For the first time, the CHL's only Canadian team hit the ice in Arizona on Wednesday. Sundogs' forward David Rutherford got his team on the board with a goal in the first, assisted by Johan Ryd and Jason Morgan.

The Brampton Beast would score once in the first and once in the second to eventually get the 2-1 win. The Sundogs totaled 47 shots on goal and goalie Andrew Engelage stopped 24 of the 26 shots on goal.

When the teams met again Friday, Brampton got the only goal of the opening period.

Early in the second, Sundogs' forward Ian Schultz would score on the power play, assisted by Kevin Baker and Alex Velischek. Later in the period, Arizona forward Sebastian Geoffrion would give his team the lead, assisted by Justin Pender.

Midway through the third, Sundogs' forward Bryan Cameron would increase his team's lead, assisted by Alex Velischek and David Rutherford. The Beast would pull their goalie and score one late in the period, but the Sundogs would come away with the 3-2 victory.

Arizona had 34 shots on goal, and goalie Andrew Engelage turned away 22 of the 24 shots he faced.

Saturday, Brampton would get the first goal in the opening period. Arizona forward and Captain Jason Morgan would level the score with a power play goal later in the first, assisted by Ian Schultz and Alex Velischek.

The Beast would get the only goal of the second and another in the third to take the two-goal lead.

With just over five minutes left in the period, Sundogs' defenseman Garrett Clarke would score on the power play, assisted by Kevin Baker and Matt McCready. Less than a minute later, Arizona forward Kevin Baker would tie the game, assisted by Bryan Cameron, and send it to overtime.

With time in the extra frame running out, Arizona would get a power play and Jason Morgan would light the lamp, assisted by Ian Schultz and Kevin Baker, to get the 4-3 victory. The Sundogs totaled 34 shots on goal and goalie Andrew Engelage stopped 33 of the 36 shots on goal.

Big Dog of the Week

Goalie Andrew Engelage is being named the Big Dog of the Week for the fourth time this season. The 6'5" Oshawa, Ontario native was played 33 games for the Sundogs this year with a 20-9-2 record, four shutouts, a 2.41 goals against average, 886 saves, a 0.919 save percentage and three assists. "Engy" can play the trumpet, is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and says he would be a firefighter if he wasn't playing hockey.

Dog Bites

  • Forty-four games into the season, Arizona is 22-19-3 with 47 points. They are 7th out of 10 teams in the CHL: 11 points out of first place and in possession of a playoff position by two points.
  • The Sundogs' special teams have a 19.82% power play percentage and an 83.73% penalty kill percentage, with four shorthanded goals scored and eight allowed.
  • On 2/5 forwards Alex Tuckerman and Paul McIlveen were both placed on 14-day I.R.; On 2/7 forwards Brodie Zuk and Ian Schultz and defenseman Alex Velischek were activated from I.R.; On 2/10 forward Brodie Zuk was placed on team suspension
  • Forward Paul McIlveen leads the team in points with 40 (15g/25a). Forward Kevin Baker leads the team in goals with 20.
  • Arizona has four games in the next week. They take to the road to play in Allen on Thursday, and then play in Tulsa in Friday and Saturday. The team then returns home to play Tulsa on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m..