2/14/2014 9:13:00 AM Sundogs 4, Allen 2 Sundogs stay red-hot, double up Americans with 4 unanswered goals
The Sundogs’ Jason Morgan, left, looks for separation against the Americans’ Brian McMillin (9) and goalie Bryan Pitton Thursday night in Allen, Texas.
Clockwise from top, Arizona’s Kevin Baker, Josh Harris, Justin Pender and Michael Couch celebrate their win on the Americans’ ice Thursday night in Texas.
The Sundogs improved to 3-2-2 against Allen this season. They have only two more games against the Americans, Feb. 28 and March 1, in Texas.
Paul McIlveen, the Sundogs' leading scorer, and Brandon Coccimiglio, who's tied with Baker as the team's second-highest scorer, remain on injured reserve with undisclosed injuries.
McIlveen was placed on the 14-day IR Feb. 5, while Coccimiglio was moved from the 14-day IR to the 30-day IR Feb. 1.
Baker, who returned to the team Thursday after being granted a short two-day leave by the league, has 20 goals and 18 assists (38 points) in 44 games.
Engelage is now ranked second statistically among the CHL's leading goalies. He has also compiled the second-most wins (21), putting him only two behind Missouri's Shane Owen, who has 23.
On the power play Thursday, the Sundogs scored on their lone opportunity, while Allen went 1-for-4.
The Americans drew 3,277 fans to a rare Thursday night game.
Starting Friday, Arizona will play 11 of its next 13 games on the road. The Sundogs, who are 12-9-1 away from Tim's Toyota Center, will finish the 2013-14 season with eight straight at home, from March 14-29.
Prescott Valley Tribune
Despite falling into an early 2-0 hole Thursday night, the Arizona Sundogs dug themselves out of it in dramatic fashion, rattling off four unanswered goals from the second through the third periods en route to a 4-2 victory over the Allen Americans in Texas.
Justin Pender, Matt McCready and Riley Emmerson scored a goal apiece in the second period, and Bryan Cameron added an empty-netter with 39 seconds left in regulation to keep Arizona's hot streak alive against the Central Hockey League's second-place team.
Since Jan. 3, the Sundogs have registered an impressive 13-1-2 record. They are now tied with the Tulsa Oilers for seventh in the CHL standings with a 23-19-3 overall mark (49 points). The top eight clubs in the 10-team league will qualify for the playoffs in April.
Allen (26-15-4 overall, 56 points), losers of five of its past six games, remained tied with the Rapid City Rush for second, directly behind the league-leading Missouri Mavericks (28-13-2, 58 points).
On Thursday, the Americans went in front 2-0 on goals from Alex Lavoie late in the first period and Jonathon Zion via the power play 5 minutes and 35 seconds into the second.
But little more than a minute after Zion's tally, Pender ignited the Sundogs' offense, as he scored on assists from Kevin Baker and Garrett Clarke.
Then, some five minutes after Pender lit the lamp, McCready and Emmerson scored within 19 seconds of each other to give the visitors a 3-2 lead that would hold.
McCready provided the equalizer on the power play on helpers from Bryan Cameron and captain Jason Morgan, while Clarke and newcomer Josh Harris assisted Emmerson's strike.
Arizona held Allen scoreless over nearly the next period and a half. The Sundogs clinched the victory when the Americans went with the extra attacker and Cameron scored on the empty net on helpers from Morgan and Pender.
Sundogs goalie Andrew Engelage won his third straight decision Thursday, making a whopping 39 saves on 41 Allen shots. His record currently stands at 21-9-2 with a 2.40 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.
Next up, Arizona visits the Oilers for two big games Friday and Saturday. The puck drops at 6:35 p.m. for both contests.