Arizona Tallies Franchise-Record Six Power-Play Goals in 7-6 Win
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - Skating in the second of three straight against the Colorado Eagles to close out the 2009-10 season, the Arizona Sundogs tallied a franchise-record six power-play goals en route to a 7-6 win Friday night at Tim's Toyota Center.
Arizona finished 6-for-13 with the man-advantage and added a shorthanded goal while holding Colorado to just one goal on seven power-play chances.
Trailing 7-3 in the third, the visiting Eagles fought back to pull within one with three unanswered goals but the Sundogs and goaltender J.F. Perras withstood a barrage of scoring chances late in the frame to hold on for the high-scoring win.
Perras, making his second start in net for Arizona since returning from a December 13th injury, made 24 saves on 30 shots to climb back to .500 on the year (8-8-2).
Linus Fagemo, Steve Potvin, Konrad Reeder, Kyle Hood and Nick Biondo combined for 17 points in the win.
The Sundogs opened an early 2-0 lead on a pair of power-play goals before Colorado cut the lead in half with a man-advantage marker of its own with six-and-a-half minutes to play in the first period.
Adam Smyth and Mario Joly dropped the gloves twice in the opening frame - first 1:28 into the contest, then at the 11:09 mark - with neither player landing significant blows in either tilt.
Joey Sides picked up his second goal in as many games 8:47 into the contest backhanding a Biondo rebound past Eagles netminder Mike Mole at the top of the crease before Potvin added to his team's lead with his first of two tallies on the night at the 12:46 mark, banging a loose puck past Mole at the far post while skating 5-on-3.
Ed McGrane pulled the Eagles back to within one less than a minute later with his first of two goals in the game, striding across the blue line and firing a slap shot along the ice through traffic and inside the near post.
Arizona reclaimed a two-goal lead 4:14 into a back-and-forth middle frame on Potvin's second of the night as the veteran forward converted on the Sundogs' seventh man-advantage opportunity of the game.
Stationed at the far post, Potvin slapped a Reeder rebound past Mole for his 14th of the year.
McGrane responded with his second of the contest and league-leading 44th of the season at 7:51 from defenseman Jim Jackson.
Fagemo picked up his second helper of the game with 6:29 to play in the second, finding Reeder backdoor for an easy knock-in for the Sundogs' fourth power-play goal of the contest but Colorado responded 35 seconds later rushing up the ice after a defensive zone break-out.
Connecting on a tic-tac-toe play, Schneekloth put home a cross-ice feed from McGrane and Brett Lutes as the three entered the zone with speed.
Fagemo made the score 5-3 with 2:50 to play in the period, skating in alone on Mole and reaching a backhand behind the goaltender's outstretched leg for the Sundogs' only goal not to come on the man-advantage.
Shorthanded after a Matt Hanson tripping penalty, Reeder intercepted a Colorado pass at the blue line before finding Fagemo streaking through center for Arizona's second shorthanded tally in as many games.
Colorado's Ryan McLeod was tagged with high sticking and abuse of officials minor penalties just under three minutes into the third and Arizona made good on both chances to open a commanding 7-3 lead.
Fagemo collected his second goal and fourth point on the night 32 seconds into the two-man advantage, backhanding a rebound past Mole at the top of the goal mouth.
Biondo then gathered his third of the year from Reeder and Jason Visser less than a minute later while pinching from his point position, setting the franchise's mark for most power-play goals in a single game at six.
All but out of the contest, the Eagles staged a furious comeback and tallied the game's next three goals to pull back to within one with four minutes to play.
Joly made it 7-4 50 seconds after Biondo's record-setting marker before Felipe Larranaga cut the Sundogs' lead to two with a blast from the point at 12:38 from McGrane.
Kevin Ulanski netted his second point of the game on a penalty shot with 4:06 to play after being pulled down on a shorthanded breakaway chance.
The league's leading scorer skated in on Perras and deked the backstop to the ice before shelving a backhand underneath the crossbar setting up a fast-paced final four minutes.
The two teams conclude the 2009-10 season tomorrow at 7:05pm at Tim's Toyota Center. Tickets start at just $14 and are available by phone at 1-866-4-GET-TIX (1-866-443-8849), online at www.gettix.net and in person at the Tim's Toyota Center Box Office.
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