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12/12/2012 11:33:00 PM
Allen 4, Sundogs 3, shootout
Sundogs suffer 5th straight loss with OT shootout
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily CourierThe Sundogs’ Chad Langlais (18) battles with Allen’s Garrett Clarke (7) while driving toward the goal Wednesday night in Prescott Valley.
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The Sundogs’ Chad Langlais (18) battles with Allen’s Garrett Clarke (7) while driving toward the goal Wednesday night in Prescott Valley.
Doug Cook
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Five seconds into the first period Wednesday at Tim's Toyota Center, Sundogs defenseman Mario Larocque and Allen (Texas) Americans forward Ryley Grantham exchanged blows.

Their fight was a microcosm of the bad blood between these two teams since Arizona's 2012-13 season opened Oct. 20.

In the Sundogs' case, you can partly chalk up the aggression to the pent-up frustration that comes with the longest current losing streak in the CHL.

Deadlocked in a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation, the first-place Americans edged the Sundogs 4-3 in an overtime shootout, sending the injury-plagued hosts to their fifth straight loss and eighth setback in the past nine contests.

"We know that we've been playing decent hockey," said Arizona defenseman Kyle Hood, whose team has four players on injured reserve. "We're battered and bruised right now. We're playing with two or three forwards on 'D' half the time."

In the shootout, Allen's Darryl Bootland scored the lone goal. Sundogs goalie Adam Russo knocked away three of Allen's four shots, while Americans net minder Steve Silverthorn stopped all five of Arizona's shots.

With the overtime loss, the Sundogs (9-11-4 record, 22 points) picked up a point in the standings. But they have not won since Dec. 1 at the Americans (15-5-1, 31 points), whom they are 2-3-2 against.

The Sundogs lost all four games to end their current home stand and are in eighth place in the 10-team league.

Arizona never trailed in this game until the bitter end. Arizona took three separate one-goal leads - 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 - but Allen knocked in the equalizers quickly each time to eventually force OT.

"For the first time in a while, we played a solid 60 minutes of hockey," Russo said. "It's a frustrating way to lose, obviously, but it happens. The guys did a lot of good things. We just have to find a way to start winning."

Pascal Morency, Jake Hauswirth and Kyle Hood each scored a goal for Arizona.

Allen's Scotty Howes tallied twice in the second period on a pair of power-play equalizers that ultimately sent the game into the shootout after a scoreless third period and 5-minute OT session.

The physical play came early and often in this one.

Arizona compiled 62 penalty minutes on 17 infractions, while the Americans totaled 45 penalty minutes on 12 infractions.

"One thing is obvious: We don't like them, and we want the games to be as physical as the rules allow," Allen coach Steve Martinson said. "I always say, 'Bad blood sells tickets, and hopefully people come out and watch.'"

A total of 13 penalties were assessed in the first period alone, with seven going against the Sundogs.

With 12:32 left in the first period, two separate scrums occurred, including a second fight between Larocque and Grantham.

The Sundogs head out on a five-game road trip starting Friday at the Missouri Mavericks. They won't return to Tim's until Dec. 28 vs. the Bloomington (Ill.) Blaze.



Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: FIRE Lohrei NOW...!! Ricky

5 losses in a row. Team keeps sliding everyday. No PP, no more help from NHL players who quit on team/coach.
Mr.Presson, save this season and fire your buddy Lohrei NOW before it is too late for you, and too late for the Sundogs...
Hurry up!


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Hmmm, Yes firing Marco was right!!

Marco didnt have a winning season after Lacroix left. Roughly 5 seasons of losing. Yes, he should have been fired! This guy isn't doing much better at this point..What to do!?

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: hmmm, firing the coach fixes everything

Boy it's obvious the problem was was the coach. Good job we fired him and Barts. Seems to fix everything...........NOT!!



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