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12/8/2012 9:59:00 PM
Rapid City 4, Sundogs 1
Rush take early lead, down Sundogs
Les Stukenberg/The Daily CourierArizona’s Mario Larocque connects on a punch to the face of Rapid City’s Justin Faryna in the first period Saturday night in Prescott Valley, but the Rush had the final say on the scoreboard.
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Arizona’s Mario Larocque connects on a punch to the face of Rapid City’s Justin Faryna in the first period Saturday night in Prescott Valley, but the Rush had the final say on the scoreboard.
The Daily Courier

It's been a rough start to December for the Sundogs.

The Rapid City (S.D.) Rush handed Arizona its fourth straight loss Saturday at Tim's Toyota Center, as the visitors cruised to a 4-1 victory.

The Sundogs (9-11-3 overall, 21 points) have now lost their last five games at home and seven of their last eight as they prepare to host the CHL's first-place Allen (Texas) Americans at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday.

On Saturday, Allen beat the Wichita (Kan.) Thunder, 3-2, as the Americans regained the lead in the Berry Conference standings.

Versus the Sundogs Saturday, Rapid City's Damian Surma registered a hat trick, with two of his three goals coming on the power play.

After forward Scott Brannon staked the Rush to a 1-0 lead with 6 minutes and 39 seconds to go in the first period, Surma took over.

In the second, he converted a penalty shot 4:10 into the period and followed it up with a power-play goal on assists from Kyle Peto and Jordan Baker five minutes later to hand Rapid City a commanding 3-0 edge.

Peto, who recorded a team-high two assists on the evening, and Scott Wray fed Surma for his third goal 7:39 into the third on the power play.

Down 4-0, Arizona didn't snap its scoring drought until it received a power-play goal from forward Derek LeBlanc on assists from Kevin Petovello and Chad Langlais 9 minutes and 49 seconds into the frame.

The Sundogs racked up 19 minutes of penalties on eight infractions. On two occasions the officials called Arizona for too many men on the ice, including one apiece in the second and third periods.

At one point, Sundogs defenseman Mario Larocque and Rapid City's Justin Faryna were assessed separate five-minute penalties for roughing after the two dropped their gloves and punches flew.

The Rush out-shot the Sundogs 41-24, and Arizona managed to go only 1-for-4 on the power play.

In goal for the Sundogs, net minder David Brown suffered the loss, stopping 37-of-41 shots. For Rapid City, goalie Danny Battochio got the start in place of Tim Boron, converting 23 saves on 24 shots.

Arizona, which dipped to 6-5-1 on its home ice, now owns a 1-4 record against the Rush, who improved to 11-7-4 (26 points).

Following Wednesday's game against the Americans (14-5-1, 29 points), the Sundogs will leave Prescott Valley on a five-game road trip to battle the Missouri Mavericks, Fort Worth (Texas) Brahmas and the Denver Cutthroats.

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• Saturday night's game recap

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2012
Article comment by: How long... Johnny B.

Lohrei is not the answer to turning things around for this team. He had success early on because he had NHL players. Now they are gone, nothing but misery. Presson is not much better, no one is stands and lack of players for the roster. Changes needed asap before its too late. Who will be 1st to go??

Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2012
Article comment by: Still in shock

Around local election times I have seen candidates pass their clip boards around for signatures.

But last night was a topper!!! I guess this poor guy Fain wants to win a seat on council couldn't get enough signatures so they let him set up a table. No other candidate was given this offer.

But then again no other candidate is having trouble getting signatures. I was going to vote for Marty but changed my mind.

Too much croonyfainizem to begin with.

Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2012
Article comment by: Hockey Fan

Marco and Barts were absolutely terrible coaches. Lohrei is at least teaching hockey skills and discipline which weren't part of this team the last 4 years. The Sundogs were good the first two years because of excellent ownership (and LaCroix was the real head coach of those 2 teams) and the players the Colorado Avalanche and the Phoenix Coyotes sent them. It's hard to recruit good players and get a NHL affiliation that supplies players when the ownership and front office are incompetent. No NHL team is going to send this organization players. Plus, this team has a partying and lack of discipline reputation. On top of that, the marketing of this team is poor at best. Single game ticket prices are outrageous, especially when the ownership is getting a tax payor subsidy to run the arena and team. By the way, it's against Arizona State law to use tax monies to subsidize a sports team. This team needs to fold up shop and hopefully competent people can come in later to buy the arena and run a hockey team. Most importantly, the people of Prescott Valley need to seriously consider voting out the present mayor, city council members and fire the city manager so not to have people in office who answer to special interests rather than the people. Their mismanagement of the entire arena situation (which brought a lawsuit AllState Ins and Wells Fargo Bank) and unwarranted subsidies to special interests are going to bankrupt the city.

Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2012
Article comment by: It's getting ugly... Jeff

What is wrong with this team? Has Lohrei lost control of his players? I don't see passion on the ice. I don't see how they can turn things around with Chris Presson not getting players earlier and relying on 2 NHL guys short term. Now is the time to prove yourselves gentlemen Presson+Lohrei. It's your show now, not too impress of your work on and off the ice...

Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2012
Article comment by: Really? So it WAS the coach that was the problem

Sure glad they performing so much better without Marco and Barts on the bench. Maybe I'll get my season tickets back........NOT!!!!

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