Prescott Valley Tribune
|Sundogs Goalie Andrew Engelage, seen battling Denver back on Dec. 27, 2013, in Prescott Valley, will face his former teammate, Shane Owen, in Missouri's net when the two teams' CHL playoff series opens Friday.|
Photo courtesy Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
|(all times Arizona times)|
(1) Missouri Mavericks vs. (8) Arizona Sundogs
Game 1: Today, at Missouri, 5:05 p.m.
Game 2: Sunday, at Missouri, 4:10 p.m.
Game 3: Wed., April 9, at Arizona, 6:35 p.m.
Game 4: Friday, April 11, at Arizona, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5: Saturday, April 12, at Arizona, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 6: Tuesday, April 15, at Missouri, 5:05 p.m.*
Game 7: Wed., April 16, at Missouri, 5:05 p.m.*
Playoff tickets are available at the Tim's Toyota
Center box office or by calling 928-759-6600.
THIS SEASON HEAD-TO-HEAD
Oct. 25 Missouri 3, Arizona 2 (in Arizona)
Oct. 26 Missouri 4, Arizona 1 (in Arizona)
Dec. 7 Missouri 2, Arizona 1 (in Missouri)
Dec. 10 Missouri 5, Arizona 1 (in Missouri)
When the Arizona Sundogs open the Central Hockey League playoffs tonight at the top-seeded Missouri Mavericks, it will be interesting to see the degree to which both teams' goaltenders factor into this best-of-seven series' outcome.
Eighth-seeded Arizona's Andrew Engelage, who was recently named the CHL's Goaltender of the Year, and Missouri's Shane Owen, who led the league in total wins, ironically were former teammates on the East Coast Hockey League's Utah Grizzlies under current Sundogs coach Kevin Colley.
During the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, Engelage and Owen competed for ice time on the Grizzlies, with Engelage receiving a majority of the starts.
But now they'll be competing against each other, and it should be an impressive showdown.
On the Governors' Cup-winning Mavs in 2013-14, Owen compiled a 35-15-1 record, which put him in elite company, as only seven other goalies in CHL history have won more than 35 games.
With a 2.58 goals against average and a .917 save percentage, Owen finished third in the league in both categories and earned him All-CHL Team honors.
Not to be outdone, however, Engelage won 29 games, the third most in the league this season and a new Sundogs franchise record. He ended the campaign with a 29-14-5 mark and four shutouts.
Earlier in the season, Engelage became the just the second CHL goalie to notch three straight shutouts. His scoreless minutes streak of 227:22 is now the second longest in the league's all-time record books.
In addition, Engelage's 2.45 goals against average and .918 save percentage were good enough for second place in the CHL this season.
During this campaign, Missouri and Arizona had four meetings, but Owen and Engelage went head-to-head in only one full game and in two periods of another contest.
Owen won both encounters with Engelage and finished the season 3-0-0 against the Sundogs with a 1.33 goals against average and a .954 save percentage.
Engelage was 0-1-0 versus the Mavs with a 3.05 GAA and a .900 save percentage. However, those matchups came toward the beginning of the season and likely aren't a true barometer of how much Engelage has progressed over the past few months.
Whichever team gets the best goaltending should win this series. We'll begin to find out tonight when the puck drops in Game 1 at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Mo.
The CHL contributed most of the factual information for this story