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Sundogs trip Denver, break losing streak

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The Sundogs added former Cutthroat defenseman Michael Trebish on Monday.

Courtesy photo<br> The Sundogs added former Cutthroat defenseman Michael Trebish on Monday.

The day after the Arizona Sundogs completed another round of roster moves, they snapped their eight-game losing streak.

Last-place Arizona improved its record to 2-8-1 overall thanks to a 4-3 overtime win over the Denver Cutthroats Tuesday night at Denver Coliseum.

Forward Jordan Clendenning scored two goals, including the unassisted game-winner off a turnover less than four minutes into OT, to hand the Sundogs their first win since Oct. 20 while sending Denver's mark to 6-3-2.

On Monday, the Sundogs released forwards Darcy Verot and Damian Surma. In the process, they re-signed forward Johan Ryd and received defenseman Michael Trebish in a trade with the Cutthroats.

Trebish suited up for the Sundogs against his former team on Tuesday, although Ryd was not yet available.

The Sundogs and the Cutthroats were tied at 2-2 in the third period until Paul McIlveen scored his second goal of the evening 10 minutes into the frame on assists from Kevin Baker and Jason Morgan.

But with Arizona leading 3-2, Denver knotted it at 3-3 with less than five minutes left in regulation. Michael Schumacher lit the lamp on helpers from A.J. Gale and former Sundog Stave Kaunisto to send the game to overtime before Arizona tallied in the extra session.

Clendenning staked the visitors to a 1-0 edge 11 minutes into the opening period on assists from Bryan Cameron, who finished with two helpers on the evening, and Dion Campbell.

Denver then roared back within the first six minutes of the second period to take the lead on consecutive power-play goals from Robin Soudek and Gale.

However, with less than 12 minutes to go before the second intermission, McIlveen tallied with a power-play strike of his own on helpers from Cameron and the recently acquired Jeff Buvinow.

Each team committed seven penalties in the first two periods alone, although 11 of the 14 total penalties came in the second frame.

The third was cleanly played, though, as only two penalties were assessed.

Between the pipes for the Sundogs was Andrew Engelage, who garnered the win with 29 saves on 32 Cutthroats' shots. His record improved to 2-4-1 after having lost his last four.

Denver goalie Kent Patterson made 31 saves on 35 Sundogs' shots in suffering the overtime loss, putting his overall mark at 3-3-2.

Arizona, which is tied with the expansion St. Charles Chill (2-5-2, ninth place) for the lowest-scoring offense in the league (27 goals), hopes Tuesday's late flurry is a sign of better things to come.

The Sundogs now move on to St. Charles, Mo., where they will wrap up their 12-day road trip against the Chill at 6:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday. They will then return to Prescott Valley for a five-game home stand that starts next Friday, Nov. 22, at Tim's Toyota Center.

Arizona still tweaking roster for 'right mix'

On Monday, the Sundogs continued to retool their roster by dropping Verot and Surma.

This season, Verot sported a plus/minus of -2 with 14 penalty minutes in eight games, and Surma registered just two goals and an assist in 10 contests.

"We needed to make changes to find the right mix of youth and experience," first-year Arizona coach Kevin Colley said in a news release. "These decisions are not easy, but with our record and our standard as an organization to win hockey games, change was inevitable."

Ryd, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound Swede whom Colley cut after training camp in October, played in 48 games for the Sundogs last season, recording six goals and 15 assists for 21 points.

Arizona picked up Trebish for future considerations. In nine games with Denver this season, the 6-foot-1, 201-pound Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada, native notched three assists.

Last season with the Cutthroats, Trebish had only three helpers in 19 games and played in five postseason games before the club was eliminated in the opening round.

Prior to his short stint in Denver, Trebish suited up for the Bloomington Blaze, a former successful CHL franchise, where he dished seven assists in 39 games in 2012-13.

"We've added Mike Trebish, who we believe can play big minutes and really tighten up our defense's zone," Colley added in the release, "while the return of Johan will add positive work ethic and speed."