Rage Doubled-up by Sundogs, 8-4
Prescott Valley, Ariz. - The Arizona Sundogs used five power play goals and a six-point evening (3g-3a) from Cory Stillman to run away with an 8-4 win against the Rocky Mountain Rage at Tim's Toyota Center.
After weathering an early storm from the Sundogs, the Rage actually bolted out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of power play goals on back-to-back opportunities. Already on the power play and another delayed call in effect with the extra attacker on the ice, Mark Wires beat Arizona netminder Kris Mayotte from the far half boards at 10:07. On the ensuing man advantage from the delayed call, Wires then helped Adam Loncan set-up Nathan Rosychuk at 11:57. Arizona victimized the Rage power play late in the frame, though, when Chris Greene forced a turnover and found Dan Laperriere for a short-handed goal at 19:04 to cut the lead in half.
The Sundogs then jumped all over the Rage in the second period with a four-goal onslaught, out-shooting their visitors, 20-3. All four tallies came by way of Arizona's second-ranked power play, beginning with Laperriere's game-tying effort and second of the night at 7:39. Karl Sellan moved Arizona in front, 3-2, at 10:56 and was followed by Brent Kelly, who scored his 41st goal of the season at 14:01. The Dogs capped the period with Stillman's 30th of the campaign at 17:26 to take a 5-2 edge to the third.
Arizona eventually built a five-goal advantage in the final period as Stillman completed a natural hat trick with his second and third goals at 6:30 and 10:48. Rocky Mountain's John DiPace stemmed the tide of seven straight Sundogs tallies with his 14th of the season at11:28 before the teams traded goals in the final three-and-a-half minutes for the 8-4 final.
Rocky Mountain is now winless over its last five (0-4-1) and drops to 16-39-7 on the season. The club remains in fourth place in the Northwest Division with 39 points.
The Rage continue the final weekend of their inaugural season tomorrow when they travel to face the New Mexico Scorpions before hosting the Scorpions in the back half of a home-and-home series between the two clubs on Sunday afternoon at Broomfield Event Center at 3:05 p.m.
Tickets for Rocky Mountain's season finale against the Scorpions are on sale with prices ranging from $9-$40 per seat. Tickets may be purchased online at www.BroomfieldEventCenter.com, by calling 303-410-TIXS, or at the Broomfield Event Center box office (11450 Broomfield Ln., Broomfield, 80021). For more information, visit www.RockyMountainRage.com.
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