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Dog Caller - Arizona Sundogs' season comes to sudden end

The Arizona Sundogs finished their second round playoff series against the Denver Cutthroats with one game in Arizona and one in Denver.

The Sundogs and Cutthroats took to the ice Wednesday night and Denver scored twice in the first period and once in the second before the Arizona got on the board. With 16 seconds left in the middle frame, Sundogs forward Sebastian Geoffrion lit the lamp. Justin Pender and Johan Ryd were credited with the assists. That was the last goal of the game however and the Cutthroats would win 4-1. Arizona had 55 shots on goal and goalie Adam Brown stopped 20 of the 24 shots he faced.

The teams traveled to Denver for game five on Saturday. The Cutthroats scored twice in the first, three times in the second, and twice in the third to get the 7-0 win and take the second round series in five games. The Sundogs totaled 46 shots on goal and goalie Adam Brown stopped 23 of 30 shots on goal.

Big Dog of the Series

This series it was impossible to name a most outstanding player, for the contributions came from the entire line-up. It was obvious who the most important player was however, Andrew Engelage. The Sundogs did not win a game after he was injured. Engelage was a driving factor behind Arizona's success in the regular season and the core of their confidence in the postseason.

Dog Bites

  • Arizona had a 5-6 record overall in the playoffs
  • In the playoffs, the Sundogs' special teams had a 14.00% power play percentage and a 79.25% penalty kill percentage, with one shorthanded goal scored and one allowed.
  • Forward David Rutherford led the Sundogs in points this postseason with 13 (2-11-13).