Sundogs Outlast Eagles 3-2
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz.- The Arizona Sundogs won their fifth straight game 3-2 over the Colorado Eagles Friday night at the Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Chris King saved 32 of 34 shots for the Sundogs as they won their 25th game of the season. Eagles forward Seth Leonard scored a shorthanded goal for Colorado that broke the Central Hockey League's record for most shorthanded goals in a season, they now have 28. Brent Kelly and Karl Sellan each had a goal and an assist in the win for Arizona. The home team has won every game in the season series that Colorado leads four games to two. The teams will meet again tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. MST at the Tim's Toyota Center.
The Eagles killed two early penalties and only allowed a total of four shots on goal. The teams traded chances until the 17:08 mark on Brent Kelly's league-leading 37th goal of the season. He split the defense and came in alone against Colaiacovo and snuck the puck just under the glove of Colaiacovo for a power play goal. At the end of the period, Chris Hartsburg took a five-minute penalty that gave the Sundogs nearly four minutes of power play time at the start of the period. After one period of play, the Sundogs held a 1-0 lead. They finished 1-5 on the power play while the Eagles went 0-2.
Colorado broke the Central Hockey League-record for shorthanded goals in a season with their 28th when Seth Leonard scored an unassisted breakaway goal to tie the game at one. The Eagles broke a 13-year old record that was set by the Dallas Freeze in 1993-94. It also marked their seventh shorthanded goal against the Sundogs in just six games this season. Karl Sellan scored less than a minute later at the 2:09 mark to give the Sundogs a 2-1 lead on their second power play goal of the game. The Sundogs took a two-goal on their first even-strength goal of the game when former Eagles' player David Svagrovsky slapped in a loose puck. Colorado kept their pressure and it paid off when Ryan Tobler tipped a Seth Leonard shot past Sundogs' goaltender Chris King. The Sundogs held their 3-2 lead going into the third period.
The teams again traded scoring chances throughout the third period. Colorado pulled their goaltender in the final minute of the game to have the extra attacker. In the final seconds of the game, the Eagles scored however the time had run out prior to the puck crossing the goalline. Shots were even in the period at 13. The Eagles finished the game 0-7 on the power play while the Sundogs were 2-9. Chris King saved 32 of 34 shots in net for the win, and Paulo Colaiacovo saved 32 of 35 shots. Final score: Sundogs 3 - Eagles 2.
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