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2/25/2012 9:50:00 PM
Sundogs' road trip ends with yet another loss
The Daily Courier


JP Chabot knotted things up for the Arizona Sundogs early in the third period, but Jonathan Ornelas was credited with the game-winner as the Dayton Gems earned a 3-2 win Saturday night at Hara Arena after an eight-round shootout in Dayton, Ohio.

Tim Hartung and David Nimmo also scored in the shootout for the Gems (18-25-10). Kyle Hood and Olivier Proulx scored for Arizona (16-28-9). It was the second straight game Arizona was bested in a shootout.

The Sundogs sit in last place out of seven teams in the Berry Conference with 41 points. They are 13 points behind fourth-place Tulsa for the conference's final playoff spot with 13 games left in the regular season.

Chabot's tying goal came just 1:24 into the third as he deflected Jesse Perrin's point shot for his 19th of the season.

After a scoreless first period, Tyler Butler opened up the scoring with a power-play goal at 4:41 of period two. Butler's slap shot from the left point was his 10th goal of the season and the 99th of his pro career.

Dayton responded at 7:21 as Jonathan Ornelas buried a rebound in front of the net and Nick Fanto's wrist shot from the left circle with 28 seconds to play gave the Gems a 2-1 lead.

Arizona and Dayton both finished 1 for 3 on the power play.

Scott Reid turned in another strong performance with 26 saves. Dan Dunn earned the win for Dayton, stopping 37.

The Sundogs now return home for four games in a five-night stretch. The team begins a two-game set against Rapid City Tuesday at Tim's Toyota Center. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.

NOTES

The Arizona Sundogs announced Saturday that goaltender Mike Spillane has been called-up to the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons.

Springfield is the top developmental club to the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets.

This year with Arizona, the Bow, New Hampshire native holds a 3.76 goals against average and a .886 save percentage in 13 appearances.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2012
Article comment by: Well Said Fred *sigh*

You hit on many of the same points I've been saying for nearly four years now... the coach behind the bench got handed (yes, handed) a championship and has accomplished nothing on the ice since. Brutal recruiting, no teaching, no improvement, no discipline and no fans.

The Fains have no one but themselves to blame for the pathetic performance of the team, they've elected to leave him in charge of the on ice product. As decent a gm as the new guy might or might not be, his chances of success are severely limited by the one left in charge of the on ice product. Dismally sad, I barely care any more, and judging from the attendance, not many more do either.


Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2012
Article comment by: Singing Fat Lady

The magic number is now 6 for the Sundogs to be eliminated from the playoffs. (Magic number: combination of Tulsa wins and Sundog losses that equal 6). It's a good chance they will be eliminated from the playoffs by the end of next weekend. The Sundogs have lost 37 out of 53 games. In other words, they have have lost 70% of their games. They have the worst overall record in the CHL, most losses (losses plus overtime losses) in the CHL, worst home record in the CHL, given up the most goals in the CHL, and have the most penalty minutes in the CHL. The next 3 most penalized teams in the league are 3 of the top 4 teams in the CHL. This all shows the Sundogs don't have neither the talent nor have been given the proper instruction to overcome their undisciplined play. The funny part is don't be surprised if the lousy coaching staff of Pietroniro and Bartolone are back next season. If there is another season. How many more teams will cease operations? The two year CHL agreement with the 5 IHL teams ends after this season and it sounds like Ft Wayne wants to move to the ECHL. Also, it has to be an emergency AAA-level call up for Spillane because his 3.76 GA and .886 save percentage are awful even for AA-level standards. He's one step away from going back to the A-level SPHL.



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