2/18/2014 7:58:00 AM Sundogs 4, Tulsa 2 Sundogs redeem themselves after Friday blow-out
Sundogs goalie Andrew Engelage (72) jumps on a puck hit by Bramptonís Matt Caruana (20) while fellow Sundog Kevin Baker (19) tries to stop Caruna Feb. 8 at Timís Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
Photo courtesy Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
Special to the Tribune
The Sundogs don't need to focus on "must-win" games just yet, but they really needed Saturday's 4-2 win over the Tulsa Oilers in Oklahoma, after they received no love on Valentine's Day, when the home team trounced them 9-4.
Not only had Arizona been torched for nine goals on Friday, they had started a critical four-game series with Tulsa on a losing note. The two clubs opened the weekend tied at 49 points in the standings, and renewed their series this week in Prescott Valley.
Arizona wanted no part of falling too far behind on Tulsa with six weeks left in the season, so Kevin Baker posted four points on Saturday night and starting goalie Andrew Engelage saved 20 of 22 shots to record his 22nd win of the season.
The Sundogs' Bryan Cameron - who actually had a two-goal game on the same Tulsa ice back in December - scored two more Saturday night. His two first-period goals sent Arizona into the first intermission up 2-0.
After the Oilers trimmed the lead in half by the end of the second period, Baker needed just two minutes into the third period to score his 22nd goal of the year on the Sundogs' lone power play goal of the night. They would finish 1-of-4 on the power play, while killing both of Tulsa's chances.
Later, leading 3-2, Arizona got a final tally when Sebastian Geoffrion cashed in an empty netter in the final minute of regulation, off of one of Baker's three assists on the night.
The Sundogs out-shot Tulsa 31-22, and never let the Oilers reach double digits in shots in any period while snapping the home team's five-game winning streak. Arizona played disciplined hockey throughout, whistled for just four penalties for a total of 11 minutes.
Saturday night marked the final regular-season appearance for the Sundogs at the BOK Center, which drew an announced crowd of 5,036.
Arizona (24-20-3, 51 points) picked up its 13th road win of the season, which is tied for third most in the CHL.
The Sundogs, winners of nine of their past 11 games, welcomed the Oilers yesterday, and again tonight - puck drops at 6:35 p.m. - and that will be the last Prescott Valley fans will see of their team for a while. Arizona heads out on a season-long nine-game road swing from Feb. 21-March 8.
But, a reward awaits the team after logging all those miles. The Sundogs close the regular season with eight straight at home starting March 14.
The Sundogs are in a three-way tie for sixth place in the CHL.