11/21/2012 9:49:00 AM Arizona Sundogs end road trip with overtime win
Arizona defenseman Gord Burnett holds off Thunder forward Neil Trimm to help out goalkeeper Adam Russo during a game in Wichita this past Saturday.
Courtesy Photo/Rohnna Raymond
Arizona Sundog Jeff Kyrrzakos tries to maneuver the puck past Cutthroat goalkeeper Kieran Millan in this past Wednesday’s hockey game at Denver. Millan held off all of the Sundogs’ attempts on the night for a 6-0 victory.
Courtesy Photo/Hector Acevedo
After three negative results, the Arizona Sundogs closed out this past week's 4-game road trip to three cities in eight days with a positive - by beating the Wichita (Kansas) Thunder 2-1 in a shootout and breaking an 0-3 OT drought.
The Sundogs started the week on Tuesday with a 3-2 loss to the Rapid City (S. Dak.) Rush.
Chad Nehring contributed both of Arizona's goals - one apiece in the first and second periods - while Derek LeBlanc picked up the assists. David Brown took the loss after stopping 27 shots on goal.
The 'Dogs hoped for better results the following night in Denver against the Cutthroats, the expansion team they swept in three games at home the previous week. They were sorely disappointed in the 6-0 drubbing they received from the Cutthroats, who opened with three first period goals. Adam Russo suffered the loss.
Arizona's defense stepped it up Friday night in Denver but the offense couldn't capitalize on multiple scoring opportunities. The result was a 2-1 shootout loss.
Mario Larocque knotted the score at 1-1 and prevented a shutout with just two-and-a-half minutes remaining in regulation.
Denver netminder Kieran Millan turned away all Sundog attempts in the shootout, while Brown gave up one for the Denver win.
In the net Saturday night, Russo stood ready against his former team, blocking 27 shots and allowing just one in the shootout for the Sundogs' 2-1 victory.
Wichita grabbed the early first period lead on Russo and the Sundogs.
Jake Hauswirth put up the equalizer on an outside shot midway through the second period.
Again, defense dominated in the third period, preventing scoring from either team and forcing the Sundogs into their second shootout of the week.
Mikael Bedard managed a goal in the 6-round shootout, as did the Thunder, before Derek LeBlanc ended the stalemate with his game-winner.
The Sundogs played the road games without Kyle Chipchura, on loan from NHL affiliate Phoenix Coyotes, and have announced Chipchura is on temporary leave of absence. No further information as to whether or not Chipchura, who was the previous week's CHL Player of the Week, will return to the Sundogs, was available.
Arizona (7-4-3) plays host to the league-leading Allen Americans (10-2-0) today, Friday and Saturday. Puck drops today at 6:05 p.m., and at 7:05 for the weekend games.