Prescott Valley, AZ – The Arizona Sundogs won against the Denver Cutthroats Friday night, 4-1 in Vail Colorado at the Dobson Arena and David Rutherford’s three point night helped Arizona secure their victory.
Kevin Baker scored his 14 goal of the season when he put the Sundogs on the board halfway through the opening frame. Bryan Cameron extended his point streak to four games picking up the assist with Matt McCready. Garrett Clarke was sent to the box, sending the Sundogs on a four minute penalty kill after he was called for a double minor tripping penalty. Arizona extended their lead in the second period with a backhanded goal from Paul Mcilveen at 2:38, from Brandon Coccimiglio and Rutherford. Justin Pender capitalized on a power play opportunity notching the Sundogs third goal when Daniel Amesbury threw off his gloves looking for a fight with Arizona’s Sebastian Geoffrion and was called for roughing. Mcilveen and Rutherford collected the assists.
At the end of the second period matching minors were accessed to Arizona’s Mcilveen, Michael Trebish and Denver’s Daniel Barczuk and Sean Zimmerman all for roughing. 8:18 into the final 20 minutes Cutthroats’ Garett Bembridge registered Denver’s lone goal of the night with assists from Lee Moffie and Troy Schwab. With 14 seconds left in the frame and Denver with the extra attacker, Rutherford collected his third point of the night tallying an empty net goal pushing Arizona to a three goal lead.
In net with the win for the Sundogs was Andrew Engelage making 34 saves. The Cutthroats outshot the Sundogs 35-31. Arizona was 1-3 on the power play advantage and Denver was 0-2.
Both teams meet again tomorrow at the Dobson Arena in Vail, Colorado at 6:00pm as the Sundogs close up an eight day road trip before returning home to a sold out Kids Day Game against the Rapid City Rush on January 29, 2014.
The Arizona Sundogs are the Central Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. Season tickets, mini-plan, and single-game ticket information is now available by calling (928) 759-6600 or visiting arizonasundogs.com.