3/27/2014 8:38:00 AM Wichita 5, Sundogs 4, shootout 'Sloppy' effort, but Sundogs pick up a point as race tightens Now in 3-way tie for 6th place with the idle Beast, Oilers
Sundogs’ captain Jason Morgan looks to pass during Wednesday night’s shootout loss to Wichita.
Photo courtesy Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
In other roster moves, the Sundogs added forward Michael Forney, a 6-foot-2 Minnesota native who has spent time in the AHL and the ECHL. In 314 professional games, Forney has registered 98 goals and 149 assists (149 points).
Riley Emmerson and Dion Campbell were placed on the season-ending injured reserve this week. Meanwhile, Alex Velischek and Johan Ryd were moved to the 14-day IR, and Sebastian Geoffrion was put on the seven-day IR.
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Arizona - After clinching a Central Hockey League playoff berth Sunday, the Arizona Sundogs turned their attention to improving their seeding with three games left in the season.
Heading into the week, only 2 points separated the fifth-place Quad City Mallards from the eighth-place Sundogs.
Despite a 5-4 overtime shootout loss to the Wichita Thunder in front of 3,227 fans Wednesday at Tim's Toyota Center, the Sundogs earned a point and climbed into a sixth-place tie with the idle Tulsa Oilers (32-28-3, 67 points) and Brampton Beast (30-26-7, 67 points).
Tied at 2-2 in the third period, the Sundogs and Thunder scored two goals apiece to send the game to OT.
Neither team scored in the first extra session. In the shootout, Wichita won, 2-1, on tallies from Matt Summers and Matt Robinson. Brandon Coccimiglio led the Sundogs with two goals and two assists, and Kevin Baker added two goals.
"Out of all my playing years and my seven years in coaching, I'm a little confused at that whole game," Sundogs coach Kevin Colley said. "We know we definitely took the night off here as a group, and we've got to come (Thursday) ready to work and be pros."
Coccimiglio scored on the power play midway through the second period to put the hosts ahead 2-1.
But Wichita tied it at 2-2 with 2:06 left in the second when Dustin Donaghy scored unassisted.
With about eight minutes to go in the third, Donaghy scored again for a 3-2 Thunder lead.
That's when things got crazy.
In little more than a minute, from the 14:33 to the 15:25 junctures of the third, the teams combined for three goals. Baker started it off, tying it at 3-3, before Wichita's Jason Wilson tallied 16 seconds later.
With the Thunder ahead, 4-3, Coccimiglio lit the lamp just 26 seconds after Wilson did to tie it at 4-4 and send the game to OT.
Arizona (30-27-7 record, 67 points) will conclude the campaign against ninth-place Wichita (27-29-8, 62 points) at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
In other action Wednesday, the Mallards (30-23-10, 70 points) kept sole possession of fifth with a 2-1 win at the Allen Americans.
To prepare for the playoffs, the Sundogs activated forwards Paul McIlveen and Tommy Maxwell from the 30-day injured reserve this week.
Arizona also signed goaltender Adam Brown as starter Andrew Engelage's backup after the American Hockey League's Portland Pirates recalled goalie Chris Rawlings from the Sundogs Tuesday.
Brown got the start Wednesday, stopping 41-of-45 Thunder shots in 65 minutes to take the loss. Wichita went 1-for-8 on the power play and out-shot the Sundogs 46-39.
"It was a sloppy game," Baker said. "It's hard to get up for games like that. But you can't get bad habits. We poured it on in the third there. But we've got to stay out of the box and play better on Friday."