Kimberly Sauer/Courtesy photo
Arizona Sundogs forward Jason Morgan, center, chases after the puck Monday against the Allen Americans. Arizona won 3-2.
The Daily Courier
If it were a David-versus-Goliath scenario, David is growing up and getting even stronger.
The Arizona Sundogs entered Monday's game in eighth place (17-18-4) in Central Hockey League action. Their opponent was the first-place Allen Americans (25-6-4).
Despite their records, the Sundogs edged the Americans Monday afternoon picking up the 3-2 win late in the final period at the Allen Event Center, in Allen, Texas. The victory gave the Sundogs the series win (2-1), with Allen's only win coming on Saturday night.
On Monday, Arizona allowed Allen to go on an early power play after Cody Purves was called for cross checking, four seconds into the opening period; however, Arizona successfully killed off the power play.
The Sundogs scored first - 4:26 into the first period - with a shot from Kevin Petovello and assists from Purves and Ron Meyers, according to a news release. Two minutes later Meyers scored for the Sundogs with assists from Petovello and Purves.
For the Americans, Tyler Ludwig was able to put the puck past Sundogs' goalie David Brown while on the power play after Arizona's Mike Glaicar was assessed two minutes for interference, closing Arizona's lead heading into the first intermission.
The Americans were able to tie the game 4:41 into the second period with a goal from Anthony Maiani. With 4:17 left in the second period, Petovello and Mike Berube dropped their gloves and were both assessed five minutes for fighting. Sundogs' netminder Brown made an incredible glove save in the second period as Maiani rushed down the ice on a breakaway but wasn't able to put the puck in the net.
The Sundogs were able to tally the game winning goal with 2:22 left in the final period, when Meyers chipped the puck past Steve Silverthorn. Meyers and Petovello both picked up three points in the game pushing the Sundogs to their second win against the Americans in their last three games.
Each team saw their share of the penalty box Monday afternoon with both teams serving a combined 22 offenses. Brown took the win for the Sundogs making 20 saves, and Arizona outshot Allen 32-22.
The Sundogs were 0-5 on the power play, while the Americans were 1-8.
Meyers continues his point streak with four points in the past three games and Chad Nehring's impressive 13-game point streak came to an end.
The Sundogs will visit the BOK Center against the Tulsa Oilers today, Jan. 22, before returning home to host a two-game set with the Quad City Mallards.