4/10/2013 8:10:00 AM Trio of OT games oust Sundogs from playoffs after 3 OT games
Arizona Sundogs’ defenseman Matt McCready slides across the ice while trying to help goaltender David Brown prevent a goal, but Brown stops the puck on his own, during playoff action against the Wichita Thunder this past week in Prescott Valley.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
It took three sudden death overtime games to do it, but the Wichita Thunder bounced the Arizona Sundogs from the Central Hockey League playoff picture with a 4-game sweep.
The Thunder opened the best-of-seven series in Kansas on March 28 with a 4-3 overtime victory, and followed on March 30 with a 3-0 shutout.
In Prescott Valley on the Sundogs' home ice this past week, Wichita triumphed 2-1 on Tuesday, and powered out a 4-3 victory the next night, both in overtime.
Arizona netminder David Brown suffered both losses, saving 42 shots on goal in Tuesday's game, and 34 on Wednesday.
The Sundogs took a 1-0 lead into Tuesday's final period, after Ron Meyers and Johan Ryd assisted on Chad Nehring's goal in the first.
The two teams were nearly even shot-wise as the second period ended, with 21 from the Thunder and 20 from the 'Dogs. But Wichita began bombarding Brown and knotted the score six minutes into the third on the team's 40th shot.
The Thunder delivered the death knell exactly four minutes into OT.
Officials freely issued penalties - 23 total - to the point where it would be easier to list who didn't sit in the box.
Wednesday's score was tied 1-1 after one, 2-2 after two, and 3-3 after three periods, in a game in which Arizona never enjoyed a lead.
Cody Purves, aided by Meyers, landed Arizona's first goal to knot it 1-1. Johan Ryd added the next two goals, with assists from Kip Brennan and Mario Larocque on his first, and Purves and Larocque on the second, a power play goal.
Just a bit past four minutes into OT, Wichita hit the game winner skating 5-on-4 with Arizona's Matt McCready in the penalty box for holding.