11/11/2012 12:17:00 AM Sundog offense still hot, win streak hits three Arizona carries momentum into road trip this week
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier David Schlemko of the Sundogs, left, drives past fellow NHL player, Kyle Quincey of Denver, Saturday night in Prescott Valley as Arizona swept the three-game series against the Cutthroats with a 6-4 win.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier Sundog goalie Adam Russo makes a stop Saturday night at Tim's Toyota Center in PV.
The Daily Courier
Bust out the brooms. The Arizona Sundogs have won three in a row for the first time since late November of last year.
Forward Kyle Chipchura scored two goals and tallied a pair of assists, and newcomer Derek LeBlanc had a goal and an assist, as the Sundogs completed a sweep of the expansion Denver Cutthroats with a 6-4 victory Saturday night in front of an announced crowd of 2,880 at Tim's Toyota Center.
Arizona, which improved to 5-0-1 at home, is now all alone in second place in the CHL's Berry Conference with a 6-2-2 record (14 points), just two points behind the league-leading Allen (Texas) Americans, who are 8-1-0 (16 points).
The Sundogs, winners of five of their last six contests, had not won three straight since Nov. 22, 23 and 25 of last year when the 2011-12 team defeated the Tulsa (Okla.) Oilers, Fort Worth (Texas) Brahmas and the now-defunct Rio Grande Valley (Texas) Killer Bees.
On Saturday, Arizona outscored Denver 16-9 for the three-game sweep and will play four in a row on the road this week, starting at the Rapid City (S.D.) Rush at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday.
For the second straight night, the Sundogs rolled to a 3-0 lead on the Cutthroats and never looked back.
Although Denver out-shot the Sundogs 45-38 for the game, the hosts weren't threatened.
The Cutthroats sliced Arizona's edge to 3-2 with back-to-back goals, including one in the second period and another at the start of the third, from Gabe Gauthier and A.J. Gale, respectively.
However, the Sundogs responded quickly, as LeBlanc and Chipchura registered consecutive goals at the 5:09 and 9:11 junctures of the third.
With the score 5-2 Arizona, both teams exchanged goals to make it 6-3 before former Sundog Jean-Philipp Chabot knocked one in with 18 seconds left in regulation on an assist from Gale for the 6-4 final.
Sundogs goalie Adam Russo of Montreal, Quebec, garnered his third straight win in the net Saturday, as he made 41 saves on 45 shots and upped his record to 3-0-2 with a 2.91 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.
The Sundogs will not return home until Wednesday, Nov. 21, when they play host to the first-place Allen (Texas) Americans. Start time is slated for 6:05 p.m.
Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
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Dogs are great this year !!
It is great to have a winning team. Sure makes things a lot more fun at the games. It's going to take a little bit of time to get the fans back but we all hope that they return.
It is one great entertainment value.
Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
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This is the best hockey I have seen in PV in years. Its finally fun to watch. People dont know what they are missing. Come on....lets pack Tims and show you support for the DOGS!!!!!!! Good luck on you road trip.