1/9/2013 8:10:00 AM Nehring and Morgan own 8-game point streaks
Arizona Sundogs forward Chad Nehring looks back for a pass from team captain Jason Morgan. The duo has the longest active point streak in the Central Hockey League with eight games apiece. Nehring also has scored 10 goals in his past eight games, and is tied for second in the league with 20 goals this season.
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After taking two out of three Central Hockey League games against the Bloomington Blaze at home to end 2012, the Arizona Sundogs split a pair at the Blaze's arena to start 2013.
For his performance of the past week, Chad Nehring was named Oakley CHL Player of the Week. Nehring recorded a hat trick plus one with his four goals on New Year's Eve - the most in a single CHL game this year - and added two assists on Friday and a pair of goals Saturday. Nehring and Sundogs team captain Jason Morgan each were riding 8-game point streaks as of Jan. 5, the league's longest active point streak. Nehring, who has scored 10 goals in his past 8 games, is tied for second in the league with 20 goals this season.
The Sundogs dropped their Dec. 28 contest 6-3 before winning 4-1 the next night. That pumped up the home team for an 8-2 blow-out on New Year's Eve.
Derek LeBlanc opened scoring for the 'Dogs unassisted and just 30 seconds in, before Nehring connected on three straight.
Ron Meyers recorded Arizona's fifth goal on a Morgan assist a minute into the second frame, and Nehring added the sixth - and his fourth on the night - a couple of minutes later. Jeff Kyrzakos and Matt Tassone tabulated their own tallies, before game's end. Note: yesterday third-year forward Tassone received a call-up to the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters, after 11 games with the Sundogs in which he collected four goals and two assists.
Jake Hauswirth, Chad Langlais, Adam Smyth, Johan Ryd and Matt McCready also earned points along the way.
David Brown got the victory, stopping 27 shots on goal.
Arizona acquired forward Jeff Pierce from the Missouri Mavericks on Jan. 3, just in time for the road trip to Bloomington. The Sundogs beat the Blaze 4-2 the following night, on the strength of a trio of first period goals.
Hauswirth struck first - earning his 100th professional career point - followed closely by Morgan, and then LeBlanc on a power play.
Tassone and Nehring assisted Kyrzakos on the fourth goal during the second period.
The win went to Adam Russo, with 39 saves.
Saturday night the Blaze needed only 14 seconds to get on the scoreboard on the way to salvaging their home stand over the Sundogs with a 6-3 victory.
Bloomington led 4-0 before Arizona broke through on Nehring's first of two third period goals. LeBlanc and Matt Register got assist credit. Morgan sandwiched a goal in between Nehring's pair.
Sundogs coach David Lohrei sent in Russo for Brown early in the second period. Arizona's goaltenders recorded 14 saves apiece.
The Sundogs visited the Quad City Mallards yesterday, after the Tribune's press time. They will play host to the Denver Cutthroats Friday and Saturday. Puck drops at 7:05 p.m.