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2/4/2014 8:15:00 AM
Sundogs 4, Rapid City 2
Another win has Sundogs heading north in the standings
Now 9-0-2 in their last 11 games
Friday night's game got physical, with both teams combining for 67 penalty minutes on 22 infractions.
Photo courtesy Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Friday night's game got physical, with both teams combining for 67 penalty minutes on 22 infractions.
Photo courtesy Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
After scoring a power play goal Friday night in Prescott Valley, Kevin Baker found a cheering section of fans taking in the game by hot tub as the Sundogs downed the Rapid City Rush 4-2.
Photo courtesy Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
After scoring a power play goal Friday night in Prescott Valley, Kevin Baker found a cheering section of fans taking in the game by hot tub as the Sundogs downed the Rapid City Rush 4-2.
Photo courtesy Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Prescott Valley Tribune


Well, considering how January went, bring on February.

The Arizona Sundogs continue to blaze their way as the CHL's hottest team, beating the first-place Rapid City Rush Friday night for a second straight game, 4-2, at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

The Sundogs are now 9-0-2 in their past 11 games, and haven't lost a game in regulation since Dec. 27.

The day started with the team earning a first-place vote on the CHL's weekly Sher-Wood Power Rankings, as voted by league coaches; their first first-place vote of the season. It ended with another in what's become a long line of impressive victories - and a step up in the standings.

Arizona's David Rutherford scored two goals, Paul McIlveen passed three assists, and Bryan Cameron added a goal and an assist as the 'Dogs followed up their five-goal outing on Wednesday with three unanswered goals through two periods Friday.

The offensive fireworks combined with plenty of feisty play.

The clubs, hooking up for the seventh time this season, combined for 67 penalty minutes on 22 infractions. Arizona's Johan Ryd and Kevin Baker each attempted unsuccessful penalty shots in the mix against Rapid City goalie Tim Boron, who started for the first time after a 10-game absence. Boron, who ranks second in the CHL in wins (19) and goals-against-average (2.41), returned from injured reserve Friday night and saved 22 of 25 shots sent his way.

Sundogs goalie Andrew Engelage was peppered with a whopping 40 shots on goal from the Rush offense, which includes two top-five CHL scorers in Jesse Schultz (57 points) and Konrad Reeder (55 points). Engelage, who ranks right behind Boron overall among league goalies, racked up 38 saves, and is 9-0-1 in his past 10 starts.

Offensively, the Sundogs have been clicking for more than a month. After Friday night, they have scored 17 goals in their last four games, and, after converting 3-of-7 power play chances, have registered a power play goal in 13 of their last 14 games.

The Sundogs went over the .500 mark as well, improving to 19-18-3. They also got a boost in the standings when Quad City rallied to beat Tulsa 2-1 on Friday. That left the Sundogs and Tulsa tied with 41 points and tied for sixth place in the 10-team CHL, on a night the league's top three clubs all lost.

Arizona will look to keep its hot streak going Saturday night when the Rush visit Tim's again for a series-ending 7:05 p.m. start. The two will meet again once more in the regular season, Feb. 21-22 in Rapid City.

The Sundogs are in the middle of a six-game home stand.

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