LB - dCourier App

Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Subscriber Services | 928 Media Lab | Real Estate Search | Galleries | Obits | Yellow Pages | TV Listings | Contact Us
The Prescott Daily Courier | Prescott, Arizona

home : sports : sports August 27, 2015


1/26/2013 10:00:00 PM
Sundogs 3, Quad City 2, shootout
OT rally lifts Sundogs to win
Matt Santos/Arizona Sundogs, CourtesyMike Stinziani of the Mallards (13) works the puck past Arizonaís Paul Kurceba (25) and David Brown Saturday night at Timís Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
Matt Santos/Arizona Sundogs, Courtesy
Mike Stinziani of the Mallards (13) works the puck past Arizonaís Paul Kurceba (25) and David Brown Saturday night at Timís Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
Matt Santos/Arizona Sundogs, CourtesyDerek LeBlanc nailed the game-winner on this shot in the shootout round of the Sundogs' 3-2 win over Quad City Saturday night in PV.
Matt Santos/Arizona Sundogs, Courtesy
Derek LeBlanc nailed the game-winner on this shot in the shootout round of the Sundogs' 3-2 win over Quad City Saturday night in PV.
Doug Cook
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY - In a heated battle for the Central Hockey League's eighth and final playoff spot, the Arizona Sundogs took Round Two from the Quad City (Ill.) Mallards Saturday at Tim's Toyota Center.

A night after being shut out by the ninth-place Mallards, the eighth-place Sundogs regained some distance between themselves and the Ducks, posting a 3-2 victory in an overtime shootout.

In the process, the hosts split a two-game series in front of 2,622 fans and grabbed a three-point lead for the No. 8 seed.

"We knew how important this game was - they were only two points behind us in the standings coming into tonight," Sundogs forward Derek LeBlanc said. "We want to keep ourselves in that eighth playoff spot there and, hopefully, move up."

Arizona rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the third period, tying the game on captain Jason Morgan's goal with 5:49 left in regulation.

After a scoreless 5-minute OT period, the Sundogs won the shootout, 2-1. Jake Hauswirth and LeBlanc handed Arizona a 2-0 lead. Quad City's Anthony Perdicaro scored immediately after LeBlanc, but the Sundogs held on as goalie David Brown denied the Mallards' last two shooters.

"Every night it's a battle," Hauswirth said. "We've got to come in with that attitude that we're battling for that playoff spot. Tonight we stuck to our system and stayed together as a team on the bench. They got that lead and we found a way to battle back and come out with two points."

Brown stopped 34-of-36 shots to earn the win. He turned away 4-of-5 in the shootout.

"I just wanted to stick to my game plan and battle hard every shot," Brown said. "It was real nice for the boys to get the lead for me in the shootout, which makes things a little bit easier."

On Saturday, the Sundogs were tied with the Mallards at 1-1 heading into the third period. With 7 minutes and 42 seconds remaining in regulation, Quad City's Mike Hellyer scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in front of the net.

But just when it looked as though all was lost for Arizona, Morgan knotted it at 2-2 on a pretty feed from LeBlanc with 5:49 to go to send the game into OT.

Hauswirth, who returned to the lineup Friday after a month on injured reserve with a head injury, came up big.

After a scoreless first period, the Sundogs claimed a 1-0 lead 2:32 into the second frame on Hauswirth's power-play goal.

With the victory, the Sundogs' record improved to 19-20-4 overall (42 points). Quad City dipped to 17-18-5 (39 points).

This was a critical series for the Sundogs, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

"We just didn't play very well last night (in a 5-0 loss), and what a difference 24 hours makes," Arizona coach David Lohrei said. "At the end of the day I thought the guys were fantastic tonight with their effort, their camaraderie and, certainly, the outcome."

There are now 23 games left for Arizona in the 2012-13 season, including 11 at home and 12 on the road. Half of those contests will come against the current top-three teams in the CHL. The Sundogs will meet the Mallards only one more time Feb. 16 in Moline, Ill.

Related Links:
• Saturday night's game recap


    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Update: Embry-Riddle student killed in Willow Creek Road crash (56582 views)

•   Embry-Riddle student killed, at least 2 injured in multiple-car pile-up on Willow Creek Road (23750 views)

•   Prescott High teacher injured in Tuesday's fatal Willow Creek Road crash (8909 views)

•   Prescott election results, by the numbers (4330 views)

•   RESULTS: Oberg wins, PSPRS fails in Prescott election (3005 views)



Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Rebecca Ross

Does anyone have a picture of the birthday boy who rode the zamboni? That is my son and we had terrible pictures and they were mistakenly deleted.




Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
HSE - dCourier App
HSE- Rants&Raves
HSE - SPORTS FACEBOOK BUTTON






Quick Links
 •  Submit site feedback or questions

 •  Submit your milestone notice

 •  Submit your letter to the editor

 •  Submit a news tip or story idea

 •  Place a classified ad online now

 •  Browse the Yellow Pages

Find It Features Blogs Milestones Extras Submit Other Publications Links
Classifieds | Subscriber Services | Real Estate Search | Galleries | Find Prescott Jobs | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Contact Us
LB - U Like Sushi 0826

© Copyright 2015 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Daily Courier is the information source for Prescott area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Prescott Newspapers Online is a service of Prescott Newspapers Inc. By using the Site, dcourier.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Prescott Newspapers Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info, Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2015 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved