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4/7/2014 8:37:00 AM
CHL Playoffs - Sundogs 4, Mavericks 3
Sundogs tame Mavericks in game 2
Arizona heads home for next 3 contests against No. 1 seed, starting Wednesday
Matt Stephenson of the Missouri Mavericks falls into the net after an Arizona Sundogs goal by Shawn Limpright on Sunday in Independence, Mo.
Brian Davidson/Courtesy, The (Mo.) Examiner
Matt Stephenson of the Missouri Mavericks falls into the net after an Arizona Sundogs goal by Shawn Limpright on Sunday in Independence, Mo.
Brian Davidson/Courtesy, The (Mo.) Examiner
Mike Forney of the Sundogs and Henrik Odegaard of the Mavericks collide while competing for the puck on Sunday.
Brian Davidson/Courtesy, The (Mo.) Examiner
Mike Forney of the Sundogs and Henrik Odegaard of the Mavericks collide while competing for the puck on Sunday.
Brian Davidson/Courtesy, The (Mo.) Examiner

The Arizona Sundogs accomplished what they needed to do in Game 2 of their Central Hockey League playoff series against the top-seeded Missouri Mavericks on Sunday.

With a 4-3 victory in front of 4,287 fans at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Mo., the eighth-seeded Sundogs evened the best-of-seven series at 1-1 and are headed back to Prescott Valley for the next three contests.

For Arizona, it was the franchise's first postseason win since April 2, 2011, in a 2-1 overtime victory over the now-defunct Bossier-Shreveport Mud Bugs.

On Sunday, the Sundogs' Shawn Limpright snapped a 2-2 tie with 5 minutes left in regulation, drilling his second goal of the playoffs on assists from Matt McCready and Johan Ryd, to help lead the Sundogs to the big win.

Paul McIlveen followed with his second goal of the evening, this time on assists from Bryan Cameron and Mike Forney inside of four minutes to go, to give Arizona the 4-2 lead and the insurance it needed.

Missouri wouldn't go quietly, however.

Tyler Currier scored with 2-1/2 minutes remaining on helpers from Colt King (goal, assist in Game 2) and Trevor Kell (two assists) to slice the Sundogs' edge to 4-3 before Arizona tied a ribbon on matters.

The Sundogs, who were overwhelmed in a 5-3 loss in Game 1 on Friday, did a much better job of putting pressure on the Mavs in the second showdown.

Arizona's offense out-shot Missouri, 42-30, while goalie Andrew Engelage made 27 saves in 60 minutes to earn his first CHL playoff win.

Rival net-minder Shane Owen of Missouri stopped 38 of the Sundogs' 42 shots until he was pulled with 20 seconds left for the extra attacker.

After a scoreless first period, the visitors claimed a 1-0 lead 1:39 into the second period when McIlveen tallied on an assist from Alex Tuckerman.

Arizona kept the Mavs off the scoreboard until a little less than 3 minutes to go in the second period. Andrew Courtney notched his second goal of the series on the power play via Mike Ramsay and Sebastien Thinel to knot it at 1-1.

But like they had in the second period, the Sundogs bit back only 1:19 into the third period when star Kevin Baker lit the lamp on a helper from Brandon Coccimiglio.

With the visitors in front 2-1, Missouri quickly drilled the equalizer, as King hit the back of the net about 4-1/2 minutes later to knot it at 2-2 and set up the thrilling finish.

Arizona will host the Mavericks for Game 3 at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Tim's Toyota Center with the chance to grab a lead in the series.

Games 4 and 5 are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Tim's.

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