2/17/2014 8:12:00 AM Tulsa 9, Sundogs 4 Oilers light up Sundogs for 9 goals Ties franchise mark for most allowed in single game
Arizona goalie Chris Rawlings and the Sundogs watched nine goals find the back of their net Friday night in Tulsa.
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Prescott Valley Tribune
The Arizona Sundogs made history on Valentine's Night, but not the good kind.
The Sundogs were blasted by the Tulsa Oilers in a 9-4 final that tied Arizona's franchise record for most goals allowed in a single game. The only other time the Sundogs had nine goals hung on them was Jan. 14, 2011, ironically, against the Oilers on the same Tulsa ice at the BOK Center.
Both teams entered the first of four straight games against one another tied in the CHL standings with 49 points with five weeks left in the regular season. The Sundogs came in as the hottest team in league, with a 13-1-2 mark over their past 16 games.
Arizona's starting goalie Andrew Engelage, who ranks second in the CHL in wins and goals against average, had the night off in favor of backup Chris Rawlings. Rawlings allowed eight goals in 47 minutes before Engelage came in and allowed goal No. 9 in his 13 minutes.
The Sundogs actually led after one period, as Kevin Baker and Mark Isherwood each tallied to stake Arizona to a 2-1 lead by the first break.
But Tulsa busted out soon after with four goals in both the second and third periods, including a string of five unanswered over both frames. At one point in the third period, the Oilers scored twice in 32 seconds.
Even when Arizona tried to slow the momentum with a Matt McCready power play goal in the final minute of the second period, Tulsa's Ryan Menei answered with one of his three goals on the night just 18 seconds later.
Isherwood lit the lamp on another power play goal in the final minute of regulation, but the game was well in hand for Tulsa, which improved to 3-0 against the Sundogs this season. Isherwood's two goals were his first of the year.
The penalty box was hopping on Friday night. Both clubs combined for 64 minutes on 23 infractions, as the Sundogs finished 2-of-7 on power play opportunities and Tulsa went 1-for-6.
The nine goals were the most the Sundogs have allowed since an 8-4 loss to Wichita back on Jan. 25, 2012.
It wasn't the worst loss in franchise history, though. The Sundogs have twice lost by a seven-goal margin; 7-0 at Rapid City on Dec. 10, 2011, and 8-1 at Evansville on Nov. 11, 2010.
The nine goals also were the most scored in one game by a CHL team this season, and the most in the league since Wichita's 9-5 win over Denver on March 8, 2013.
Arizona (23-20-3, 49 points) dropped back to eighth place in the 10-team CHL. They face Tulsa again Saturday night, before the teams switch venues for a home-and-home series when the Oilers visit Tim's Toyota Center this coming Tuesday and Wednesday.