Sundogs Skate Past New Mexico 4-1
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - For the 14th and final time during the regular season, the Arizona Sundogs faced off against Southwest Division opponent the New Mexico Scorpions Tuesday night at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. In what may be a potential first round match up, the two clubs skated in wide-open first period but Arizona would prevail with the 4-1 win. Arizona moves into second place with the Amarillo Gorillas, four points back of the Scorpions.
The first period saw wide open, end-to-end play with both teams collecting quality scoring chances. Just two penalties were called in the opening frame with New Mexico on the receiving end of both calls. Arizona's struggling power play would score on its first chance of the evening at the 11:08 mark as Dmitri Leonov would squeeze the puck past New Mexico netminder David Cacciola. Chris Bartolone and Brent Kelly would tally helpers on the power play marker. The Sundogs would expand its lead to two with 2:14 to play in the first as Karl Sellan would tip a Chris Bartolone slapper into the net. Jon Landry would also assist on the play.
Scoring would come to a halt in the second period but penalties would increase over the opening frame as physical play between the two clubs would pick up. Both teams would receive three penalties and a single man advantage as a result. Shots would be in favor of Arizona for the second straight period by a mark of 13-11 for a 25-19 Sundogs advantage through two periods.
More than half of the third period would expire before scoring would pick back up. At the 13:09 mark Aaron MacInnis would get his club on the board with a power play goal from Ryan McLeod and Konrad Reeder. With just over two minutes to play the Sundogs would pepper the Scorpions while on the power play. Chris Bartolone would take a pass from Cory Stillman and Kelly and rip a shot from the blue line for his second point of the night giving his club a 3-1 lead. New Mexico would in turn pull Cacciola for an extra offensive skater but would suffer an empty net goal by Leonov, sealing the 4-1 Arizona win.
Mike Wall appeared in net for Arizona, stopping 32 of 33 shots for his fifth win with the Sundogs while David Cacciola suffered his fourth regulation loss of the season blocking 31 of 34 shots. Arizona improved its struggling power play, converting on two of five chances while at the same time holding New Mexico to 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Next up for the Sundogs is the Rocky Mountain Rage on Friday, March 23 at Tim's Toyota Center in the Sundogs first-ever 'White Out'. Fans are encouraged to wear white and will receive an official white out t-shirt. National recording artist Andrew WK will also be on hand to perform the Sundogs song 'It Just Got Hotter' live. Andrew WK will be on hand to sign autographs before the game from 6:00-6:30pm, during the first and second intermissions and as fans exit the building.
Tickets for both Friday and Saturday nights' games are still available by calling 1-866-4-GET-TIX (1-866-443-8849), visiting www.gettix.net or stopping by the Tim's Toyota Center Box Office.
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