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12/4/2012 10:42:00 PM
Denver 3, Sundogs 2
Sundogs fall to Denver in return from road trip
Les Stukenberg/The Daily CourierSundogs forward Adam Smyth scores on Denver Cutthroat goalie Kent Patterson in the third period Tuesday night in Prescott Valley. The Sundogs came from behind and tied the game, but lost on a late Cutthroat goal.
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Sundogs forward Adam Smyth scores on Denver Cutthroat goalie Kent Patterson in the third period Tuesday night in Prescott Valley. The Sundogs came from behind and tied the game, but lost on a late Cutthroat goal.
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The Arizona Sundogs have now lost two in a row, including five of their last six, after opening up a four-game home stand Tuesday night with a 3-2 loss to the CHL expansion Denver Cutthroats.

In front of 1,847 fans at Tim's Toyota Center, the Cutthroats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period before the Sundogs rallied to knot it at 2-2 in the third on back-to-back goals from forwards Adam Smyth and Cody Purves at the 6:59 and 12:53 marks, respectively.

Purves of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, Canada, paced the hosts, registering a goal and an assist on the evening. Other Sundogs assists came from forward Jake Hauswirth, who notched his on Purves' equalizer, as well as Karl Linden and Pascal Morency.

However, Denver forward Troy Schwab - who finished the contest with a goal and an assist - ultimately scored the game-winner for his club with six minutes left in regulation on helpers from Brad Smyth and Ben Wilson.

Brad Smyth, the reigning CHL Player of the Week who is the league's fourth-leading scorer with 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists), had two assists Tuesday.

In a cleanly played game that featured only 10 total penalty minutes, Cutthroats goalie Kent Patterson garnered the victory after notching 19 saves on 21 shots.

Arizona net minder David Brown suffered the loss, stopping 19 of Denver's 22 shots, dipping his record to 5-5-1 with a 2.31 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.

The Cutthroats snared the 2-0 edge on first-period goals from forwards A.J. Gale - who leads the CHL in scoring with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) - and Luke Fulghum before the Sundogs tried to mount their third-period comeback.

But Denver made its 3-2 lead stick and, with the win, poured more salt in the Sundogs' wounds. Arizona had just come off a short road trip last Friday through Sunday in which the hometown squad won only one of three games.

With Tuesday's setback, the Sundogs now own a 9-9-3 overall record (21 points) and find themselves six points behind the Berry Conference-leading Allen (Texas) Americans, who are 13-4-1 (27 points).

Arizona, whose home record dropped to 6-3-1, is currently in sixth place in the 10-team CHL, directly behind the Rapid City (S.D.) Rush (9-7-3, 21 points).

It just so happens that the Sundogs begin a two-game series versus the Rush at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Tim's Toyota Center. They will conclude the set at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

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In a side note, the CHL placed Arizona defenseman Kyle Hood on a four-game suspension Sunday for delivering an elbow to the head of an opposing player in last Saturday's win at the Allen Americans.

Although no penalty was called at the time, upon a review of game film, Hood was found to have violated "Rule 48," where the head is targeted and is the principle point of contact.

Hood missed Sunday's game at Tulsa and Tuesday's game vs. Denver, and he will not return until after Friday and Saturday's games vs. Rapid City.

Related Links:
• Tuesday's game recap


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Article comment by: Slap Shot

Didn't some wise man on here say that the 'Dogs would sink like a rock once they lost the Coyotes players?? Oh yeah, that was me. Wow, I'm good. Let's watch the free fall.

Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Article comment by: Roger Wood

Sundogs had no energy, started to play in 3rd period. Little or no spark is not enough to win. Team announced 1800+ people at game last night...BS!! There were no more than 700 in my eyes. Do they count the season ticket sold and dont show up??? So misleading...6pm game on weeknights is a mistake Mr.Presson. Allow families to get home, have dinner, go to game, and leave after 2 periods if it gets too late for kids...Team better wake up soon.,,,

Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Article comment by: Starting to lose hope..

So we lose the NHL players and our boys go downhill?? C'mon guys play some freaken hockey! Also why the heck is this coach playing Kryzakos as a d-man??? He's a shooter..., use someone else in the d spot..Presson, this is your life here..You better make sure Lohrei is the right guy for the job and not just a friend...



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