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11/21/2012 9:34:00 PM
Sundogs 3, Allen 2, shootout
Win moves Sundogs within 2 points of first place
In battle of CHL's top two, Arizona becomes first team this season with 6 home wins
The Daily Courier

The Arizona Sundogs could not have scripted a better holiday treat.

On Thanksgiving Eve, everything went the Sundogs' way. They opened a three-game home stand against the CHL's top team, the Allen Americans, with a win, and on the same night saw Bloomington, with whom they were knotted in a second-place tie, lose.

Talk about plenty to be thankful for.

By the time things settled Wednesday night after Arizona's penalty-filled, 3-2 overtime-shootout win - the team's third consecutive shootout game - the Sundogs were alone in second place and just two points from first.

Allen, which is clinging to its lead, faces two more games on the Sundogs' ice this Friday and Saturday, where Arizona on Wednesday night became the first CHL team this season with six home wins. The Sundogs are 6-0-1 at Tim's Toyota Center.

Adding to the drama Wednesday, the Sundogs overcame two deficits to win.

Allen, which swept the Sundogs on the season's opening weekend last month, opened the scoring when Adam Pineault beat Arizona goalie David Brown with a shorthanded, unassisted score near the end of the first period.

The Sundogs tied it up early in the second on a power play goal from Derek LeBlanc, who got assists from David Schlemko and Chad Langlais.

The power play power for both teams continued four minutes later when the Americans' lit the lamp again to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.

This time it was Arizona's Jason Morgan igniting the rally. The forward out of Newfoundland connected at the 14:41 mark to knot the game, and eventually force overtime.

Neither team scored in the extra period, but the Sundogs got clutch goals from Morgan and Schlemko, their first two shooters in the shootout. By the time Brown turned away efforts from four of Allen's five shooters, the Sundogs won their second straight game.

Neither team did much with the power play but not for a lack of opportunities. Thanks to 74 penalty minutes on 14 Allen infractions, the Sundogs found themselves with 10 power play opportunities, but made good on only one.

With two more games between the CHL's top two clubs this Friday and Saturday, and just two points separating the two in the standings, the first-place slot could have a whole new view by week's end.

Related Stories:
• First-place Allen smokes Sundogs, widens CHL lead

Related Links:
• Wednesday's game recap

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