2/8/2014 8:51:00 AM Sundogs 3, Brampton 2 Sundogs get back in win column, corral Brampton
The Sundogs' defense continues to shine, killing all five of Brampton's power-play chances on Friday.
Meanwhile, Arizona's offense played quite a bit better than it did in the team's 2-1 loss on Wednesday. The Sundogs were 1-for-5 on the power play while out-shooting the Beast 34-20.
Brampton's 44 penalty minutes on Friday doubled its per game average of 22.0. The Beast lead the Central Hockey League in total penalty minutes with 1,018 in 46 games.
The Sundogs' record at Tim's Toyota Center improved to 10-10-2.
At Saturday night's game, the Sundogs will wear replicas of the 1980 U.S. Miracle on Ice team jerseys, while the Beast also will wear throwback jerseys.
Prescott Valley Tribune
The Arizona Sundogs returned to the win column Friday night at Tim's Toyota Center, scoring three unanswered goals in the second and third periods en route to a 3-2 victory over the Brampton Beast.
With the win, the Sundogs moved into sole possession of seventh place at 21-19-3 (45 points), while Brampton stayed in fifth (23-20-3, 49 points).
The Beast, which snapped Arizona's five-game winning streak on Wednesday, grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the first period on a goal from Andrew Fournier via assists from Tylor Michel and Brett Smith.
But the Sundogs rallied in the second period, as Ian Schultz drilled the equalizer on the power play only 1 minute and 35 seconds into the frame from Kevin Baker and Alex Velischek.
Sebastian Geoffrion handed the hosts the lead for good 7 minutes later, lighting the lamp on a helper from Justin Pender.
Bryan Cameron ultimately iced the victory for the Sundogs 9:18 into the third period with an even-strength goal on assists from Velischek, who finished the evening with two helpers, and Mark Isherwood.
The Beast cut the Arizona edge to 3-2 in the final minute of regulation, but only after employing the extra attacker, as Brett Smith tallied on helpers from Jamie VanderVeeken and Steve Makway.
Sundogs goalie Andrew Engelage (19-9-2 record) picked up the win, stopping 18-of-20 shots sent his way. Beast net-minder Kristofer Westblom suffered the loss, making 31 saves on 34 Arizona shots.
Tempers flared in this one, as officials whistled Brampton for 11 infractions and 44 minutes in the penalty box. Arizona committed nine infractions for 24 minutes in the sin bin.
Eleven of those penalties came in the second period alone, and the Beast's Scott Howes was the main offender.
At the 17:48 juncture of the frame, Howes was called once for unsportsmanlike conduct and twice for abuse of officials. Those three penalties alone accounted for 22 minutes in the box and Howes was subsequently ejected.
Arizona's three-game series against Brampton wraps up at 7:05 Saturday night at Tim's.