Sundogs Hold on for 3-2 Victory
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - The Arizona Sundogs hosted one of the league's best in the Colorado Eagles Friday night at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. Arizona would never trail in the contest as Chris King would collect his 14th win on the season. With the win the Sundogs improve to 25-24-1 with 51 points, just four back of second place Amarillo and six back of division leader New Mexico. Arizona currently holds a three-point advantage over both Austin and Rio Grande Valley for fifth place in the Southern Conference playoff race.
At 7:12 of the first period the Sundogs would score what would seem to be the game's first goal but the referee would eventually waive it off. The referee had determined that the puck was intentionally deflected in by a skate. At 17:08 of the first Arizona would tally what would be the game's first marker as Brent Kelly would notch his league-leading 37th goal of the season to give the Sundogs a 1-0 lead. Dan Laperriere and Karl Sellan would be credited with assists on the power play goal.
At 1:41 of the second period the Eagles' Seth Leonard would tally a shorthanded goal unassisted picking the up puck in the Sundogs' offensive zone and skating in alone on goaltender Chris King. The shorthanded goal would be Colorado's 28th of the year, setting a new CHL record for shorthanded goals in a season. Just 28 seconds later the Sundogs would collect their second power play goal of the game as Karl Sellan would take a pass from Chris Bartolone and Brent Kelly firing the puck past Colorado netminder Paulo Colaiacovo to regain a one-goal lead. With 8:49 to play in the middle frame and applying pressure, Arizona would gain its biggest lead of the game as Chris Greene would find David Svagrovsky open at the top of the circles. Svagrovsky would one-time the puck past Colaiacovo for his eighth goal of the year, giving the Sundogs a 3-1 lead. With 2:58 to play in the middle frame the Eagles would cut Arizona's lead back to one as King would have trouble handling a bouncing puck from a Ryan Tobler shot. Seth Leonard and Steve Haddon tallied helpers on Colorado's second goal of the night.
Both clubs would trade scoring chances in the third period but neither would be able to find the back of the net before regulation time had ended. Colorado pulled netminder Colaiacovo for an extra attacker in the closing minute and pushed the puck past King but after time had expired.
Arizona held the top power play in the league scoreless while converting on two of their opportunities, finishing 2-for-9 with the man advantage. Sundogs netminder Chris King stopped 32 of 34 shots in the win while Paulo Colaiacovo deflected 32 of 35 in the loss. The two clubs face off again tomorrow at 7:00pm at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. A limited number of tickets are still available for tomorrow night's game and can be purchased in person at the Tim's Toyota Center Box Office, by calling 1-866-4-GET-TIX (1-866-443-8849) or by visiting www.gettix.net. Fans can catch all the Sundogs action live on 96.7 FM The Wolf, the Official Broadcast Home of the Arizona Sundogs.
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