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February 9, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Arizona Sundogs News Release

On Saturday, the Arizona Sundogs (21-23-3) concluded a season-long eight-game homestand that saw them go 4-4-0. The Sundogs lost both contests against the Colorado Eagles in late-January to open the three-week stint at Tim's Toyota Center and took 2-of-3 against the Rocky Mountain Rage and Amarillo Gorillas. Arizona maintains a three-point cushion over the Corpus Christi IceRays for the Southern Conference's fifth and final playoff spot. Next up for Arizona are the Colorado Eagles on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo. and the Amarillo Gorillas on Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas.

Sundogs Storylines:

- Arizona recorded three power play goals in the opening period of Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Amarillo Gorillas, matching a season-best first set on Dec. 4 against the Corpus Christi IceRays.

- Sundogs veteran defenseman Chris Bartolone currently owns a three-game point streak (3g/1a) and a season-best three-game goal scoring streak. Bartolone ranks first on the team and tenth in the CHL in scoring among fellow defenseman with 33 points (7g/26a).

- Rookie forward Peter Cartwright had a three-game point streak snapped in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Gorillas. Cartwright has eight points in his last eight games (4g/4a). Since Dec. 31, when Cartwright tallies at least a point, the Sundogs are 7-0-2. When he fails to tally at least a point, Arizona is 1-6-0.

- Mark Kolanos ended a 19-game goal scoring drought in Saturday's 6-3 loss to Amarillo with a power play marker in the first period. During that drought, the second-year forward collected 11 assists. Kolanos ranks second on the team in scoring and is averaging nearly a point-per-game with 37 points (16g/21a) in 43 contests.

- Sundogs leading scorer Joel Irving ranks second in the CHL in goals with 28, one back of leaders Greg Pankewicz (COL) and Sebastien Thinel (ODE). The veteran forward has 54 points (28g/26a) in 47 games. His 28 goals have already set a new career-high and he only needs 11 assists and nine points in his last 17 games to set new career-highs in those categories as well.

- Recently-acquired forward and former NHLer Dwayne Hay is averaging a point-per-game, having tallied five helpers in his last three games after being held off the score sheet in his first two games with Arizona.

- Rob Lehtinen currently owns a three-game point streak in which he has tallied one goal and three assists. Since moving to forward, the second-year forward has excelled, tallying all nine goals and 14 of his 22 points in 16 games on offense.

- A.J. MacLean had a three-game point streak (2g/2a) snapped in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Gorillas. On the year, the Antigonish, Nova Scotia native has 19 points (10g/9a) in 41 games.

- Derek Legault has a two game point streak (0g/3a) on the line entering this week's games.

- Despite only tallying one goal in his last 12 games, Karl Sellan sits just four goals back of the league lead with 25. Sellan continues to lead the league in penalty minutes (PIM) with 328, 105 more than second-most penalized player Brett Angel (BOS). Sellan also ranks second in the CHL in shooting percentage (.260).

- Arizona sits just two games below .500 overall and two games below .500 at home (10-12-3). The Sundogs are .500 away from Tim's Toyota Center (11-11-0).

- The Sundogs enter this week looking to snap a two-game road losing streak that dates back to Jan. 16.

- Prior to his 6-3 loss to Amarillo on Saturday, Joel Gistedt won a season-best three-straight games from Jan. 31-Feb. 6. Gistedt is 7-12-0 on the year with a 4.43 goals against average (GAA) and a .865 save percentage.

Upcoming Games:

- Wednesday, Feb. 11 (7:05pm) at Colorado Eagles

- Live on 96.7 FM The Wolf, the Official Broadcast Home of the Arizona Sundogs

- Friday, Feb. 13 (6:05pm) at Amarillo Gorillas

- Tape-delayed until 7:00pm on 96.7 FM The Wolf, the Official Broadcast Home of the Arizona Sundogs

- Saturday, Feb. 14 (6:05pm) at Amarillo Gorillas

- Live on 96.7 FM The Wolf, the Official Broadcast Home of the Arizona Sundogs

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