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1/22/2014 8:59:00 AM
Sundogs take one of three with 2nd place Americans
Arizona Sundog Paul McIlveen (22) takes the puck away from Allen American Darryl Bootland (27) Friday night at Timís Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
Courtesy/Matt Hinshaw
Arizona Sundog Paul McIlveen (22) takes the puck away from Allen American Darryl Bootland (27) Friday night at Timís Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
Courtesy/Matt Hinshaw

Cheryl Hartz
News Editor

The Arizona Sundogs ran their winning streak to five games before dropping the next two to the Central Hockey League's second place Allen Americans.

Friday at Tim's Toyota Center, Brandon Coccimiglio and David Rutherford each picked up three points on a night Arizona beat Allen 4-3 in a shootout.

Goalkeeper Andrew Engelage's scoreless minute streak ended early in the second period, about 11 minutes shy of the CHL record, but Coccimiglio took away some of the sting by scoring the Sundogs' first goal of the night less than a minute later to equalize. He added his second within four minutes for a brief lead before Allen tied and went up again, 3-2, as the second frame drew to a close. Rutherford picked up assists on both goals, while Michael Couch also aided in the first and Kevin Baker on the second.

Ian Schultz made it 3-3 on a power play with help from Coccimiglio and Rutherford, and as the third period ended deadlocked, the two teams engaged in a 5-minute overtime, which still didn't change the score. The Sundogs managed to unravel the knot in a 5-man/team shootout, with Bryan Cameron tallying the game winner.

Saturday night saw a reversal of fortune, with Allen on the plus side of a 4-3 shootout victory, despite an Arizona goal just 33 seconds into the contest.

Paul McIlveen got things started, assisted by Rutherford and Coccimiglio. Allen answered, but Johan Ryd, assisted by Sebastian Geoffrion and Jason Morgan, gave the 'Dogs a 2-1 lead before the first period ended. After a scoreless second, Allen tied it up briefly early in the third period. Less than a minute later, Coccimiglio assisted Rutherford to regain the lead, 3-2.

With 7:38 remaining, Allen evened the score to eventually send the game to OT. After a scoreless five minutes, 10 men prepared for the shootout, and while both Darryl Bootland and Kale Kerbashian scored for the Americans, Baker was the lone Sundog to find the net.

The two rivals' third overtime in three days took place Monday in Allen, Texas, in a rare afternoon game.

The first period ended 1-1, after an opening goal from the host team and an equalizer on a power play from Baker, assisted by Cameron and Justin Pender.

Another scoreless second period was followed by McIlveen's power play goal, with help from Cameron and Rutherford. The Sundogs' lead held up until the game's final 10 seconds, when Allen's Phil Fox made it 2-2 and sent it to OT for the third straight day. This time, the Americans got the sudden death win just 1:09 into the extra period.

Arizona now heads to Vail, Colo., for Friday and Saturday games with the Denver Cutthroats. The Sundogs are back home Wednesday against the league-leading Rapid City Rush.

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