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11/25/2012 12:59:00 AM
Allen 3, Sundogs 2
Sundogs lose 2 of 3 in series rife with penalties, suspensions
Les Stukenberg/The Daily CourierArizona’s Mikael Bedard tries to force the puck past Allen goalie Aaron Dell during the Sundogs’ 3-2 loss Saturday night in Prescott Valley.
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Arizona’s Mikael Bedard tries to force the puck past Allen goalie Aaron Dell during the Sundogs’ 3-2 loss Saturday night in Prescott Valley.
There's clearly no love lost between the Allen (Texas) Americans and the Arizona Sundogs.

In the three-game series between the first-place Americans and the Sundogs at Tim's Toyota Center this past week, the two teams combined for 70 infractions and 231 penalty minutes.

Here's a breakdown of what transpired.


• Americans - 74 penalty minutes on 14 infractions

• Sundogs - 19 penalty minutes on eight infractions


• Americans - 37 penalty minutes on 13 infractions

• Sundogs - 55 penalty minutes on 15 infractions


• Americans - 27 penalty minutes on 12 infractions

• Sundogs - 19 penalty minutes on eight infractions


• Americans - 138 penalty minutes on 39 infractions

• Sundogs - 93 minutes on 31 infractions

The Daily Courier

In a three-game set marred by fighting and suspensions, the first-place Allen (Texas) Americans clearly got the better of the Arizona Sundogs.

Saturday night at Tim's Toyota Center, Allen rallied from a two-goal deficit early in the second period by scoring three unanswered goals to win the game, 3-2, and departed Arizona with a 2-1 series victory.

The Sundogs' record dropped to 8-6-3 overall (19 points), leaving them in a tie for third place with the Bloomington (Ill.) Blaze (9-5-1, 19 points).

Meanwhile, Allen improved to 12-2-1 (25 points) and is now six points ahead of Arizona in the Berry Conference standings.

The matchup initially promised to be a good one, as it pitted two of the best teams in the league at this early stage of the 2012-13 season.

Instead, it came to a merciful end Saturday in front of an announced crowd of 2,341.

In the three games, the two teams combined for 70 penalties and a whopping 231 penalty minutes.

That goes without mentioning that the CHL suspended three players, including Sundogs goalie David Brown and defenseman Mario Larocque on Saturday for their roles in altercations with Americans players in a 7-1 loss on Friday.

Officials assessed Brown a match penalty for attempting to injure an Allen player with his goaltending equipment.

And Larocque picked up a match penalty for punching an unsuspecting Americans player and injuring him. He also received a roughing penalty and a game misconduct.

But the rough play was a staple of the series from its outset. In the Sundogs' 3-2 shootout win on Wednesday, Americans forward Kip Brennan entered the contest on a legal line change while play was in progress and instigated an altercation.

On Friday, the CHL suspended Brennan two games (Friday and Saturday in Arizona) after he had received an instigator minor penalty and a fighting major penalty, a misconduct, and a game misconduct in Wednesday's showdown.

On Saturday, the Sundogs lost their second straight game despite rolling out to a 2-0 lead on an early first-period goal from Jake Hauswirth and a power-play goal from David Schlemko 1:06 into the second.

Adam Smyth assisted Hauswirth, while goalie Mike Spillane provided the helper on the other.

But Allen eventually wore down Arizona and scored three straight goals from the 6:17 mark of the second period to the 8:51 juncture of the third.

The Americans' Adam Pineault knocked in the first of his team's two power-play goals on assists from Jamie Schaafsma and Jarret Lukin.

Allen's Trevor Ludwig followed with the equalizer with only about a minute left until the second intermission on helpers from Mike Montgomery and Anthony Maiani.

Nevertheless, the Americans did not tally the go-ahead goal until the 8:51 mark of the third when Schaafsma scored on the power play on assists from Tyler Ludwig and Adam Pineault.

Arizona out-shot Allen 42-28, including 19-4 in the first period alone, but it wasn't enough for the hosts, who went a dismal 1-for-11 on the power play.

With goalie Brown out of the lineup, Sundogs net minder Mike Spillane (0-1-0 record) stopped 25 of 28 shots in taking the loss. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder signed a five-day contract with the Sundogs last Friday.

The Sundogs will hit the road for a three-game trip that starts Friday at the Fort Worth (Texas) Brahmas. Arizona then travels to Allen for one game Saturday night.

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