11/2/2012 11:06:00 PM Sundogs win second straight, down Rush
Courtesy/Rapid City Rush
The Daily Courier
At least early on in the 2012-13 season, the Arizona Sundogs are showing signs of being a competitive bunch.
The Sundogs won their second straight game Friday night, knocking off the Rapid City (S.D.) Rush, 4-2, on the road to improve their record to 3-1-2 (8 points).
Arizona notched its first road victory of the young campaign and is now in a second-place tie with the Bloomington (Ill.) Blaze (4-1-0, 8 points) in the CHL's Berry Conference heading into Saturday night's two-game series finale against the Rush. The puck drops at 6:05 p.m.
On Friday, the Sundogs outscored the Rush 4-1 in a pivotal second period thanks in large part to two goals, including one on a power play, from Jeff Kyrzakos of Mississauga, Ontario, at the 5:42 and 15:14 marks. Teammate Kyle Schussler provided the assist on Kyrzakos' first goal, while the other was unassisted.
Forward Chad Nehring of Springsdale, Saskatchewan, who is Arizona's leading scorer with 4 goals and 3 assists (7 points), subsequently lit the lamp unassisted at the 7:32 juncture. Following him in the scoring ledger was the recently reacquired Kyle Hood, who tallied on a helper from Pascal Morency at 7:46.
The Rush (3-2-0 record, 6 points) trailed 4-1 deep into the third period until Rapid City's Scott Brannon found the net with less than 5 minutes left in regulation to halve the Sundogs' lead.
Arizona's defense was solid, as it went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and stood its ground late, despite being out shot 35-24 for the game.
Sundogs goalie Adam Russo of Montreal, who stopped 33-of-35 shots, picked up his first win of the season to up his record to 1-0-2 with a 2.53 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
In other Sundogs' related news, starting defenseman David Schlemko, who's on loan from the Phoenix Coyotes during the current NHL lockout, was on the inactive list Friday.
The Sundogs organization did not immediately disclose the reason for Schlemko's being on that list. Four other Arizona players were also inactive, including forwards Mikael Bedard and Don Maloney Jr., defenseman Karl Linden and goalie Mike Spillane.
After Saturday, Arizona returns home for a three-game set against the expansion Denver Cutthroats next Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
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Just letting you know that Chad Nehring is not from "Springdale, Saskatchewan" It's Springside. There is no Springsdale...