3/10/2014 10:31:00 AM Quad City 3, Sundogs 0 Sundogs end 9-game road trip with shutout loss Return home for 8-game stand to close season
From left, Jason Morgan, Matt McCready and Bryan Cameron of the Sundogs surround Quad City’s Jeff Lee during Saturday night’s second period in Moline, Ill.
Sean Flynn Photography/Quad City Mallards
On Saturday, Arizona was shut out for the first time since Feb. 19 in a 5-0 loss to the Tulsa Oilers at home. The Sundogs' only other blanking came against the Brampton Beast, 4-0, last Oct. 21.
Engelage was whistled for a rare two-minute roughing penalty 9:47 into the second period. Brandon Coccimiglio served Engelage's time in the box.
The Sundogs were 0-for-4 on the power play Saturday, while the Mallards went 0-for-5.
Arizona won the season series with Quad City, 3-2-0, despite losing the last two games.
The Sundogs, who won't hit the road again for the rest of the regular season, finished with a 15-14-4 record away from Tim's.
Prescott Valley Tribune
The Arizona Sundogs are heading back to Prescott Valley, and not a moment too soon.
A season-long nine-game road trip will wear on you, especially when you're trying to sew up a playoff berth.
Saturday night in front of 5,513 fans at the i-Wireless Center in Moline, Ill., the Central Hockey League's eighth-place Sundogs were swept in a two-game series against the suddenly resurgent Quad City Mallards.
Quad City's Mike Stinziani had a goal and an assist, leading the hosts to a 3-0 victory over Arizona, which was shut out for just the third time this season and concluded its lengthy trip with a 2-4-3 record.
After the loss, the Sundogs now own a 26-26-6 record (58 points). But they remained 7 points ahead of the Wichita Thunder, which was idle Saturday, for the eighth and final playoff spot with two weeks left in the regular season. The Mallards moved to 28-18-8 (64 points) and are now tied with the Brampton Beast for fifth.
The silver lining for Arizona is that it will return home for eight straight games to finish the campaign. Five of them will come against the CHL's bottom two teams in the last-place St. Charles Chill (two) and the Thunder (three).
On Saturday, the Sundogs trailed the Mallards 3-0 by the midway point of the second period, despite going on to outshoot Quad City 23-14 through the first 40 minutes.
In the opening frame, the Mallards tallied two quick strikes, including one by Gergo Nagy from Matt Boyd just 1 minute and 8 seconds into regulation.
Less than 3-1/2 minutes later, Stinziani lit the lamp with a short-handed goal, the second in as many nights for the hosts.
At the 9:14 mark of the second period, Jordan Mayer gave Quad City its three-goal edge with an even-strength tally on assists from Jeff Lee and Stinziani, and that was all she wrote.
Sundogs goalie Andrew Engelage suffered his second straight loss Saturday, corralling 20-of-23 Mallards shots. His record currently stands at 24-13-5.
Meanwhile, Quad City net-minder Ty Rimmer won again, upping his mark to 17-11-4, stopping all 32 shots that came his way.
The Sundogs won't play again until later this week when they host the Chill at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Tim's Toyota Center.