The game was decided in 20 minutes with all three goals coming in the opening period. Denver got on the board quickly after Troy Schwab registered the goal 1:25 into the period with assists from Phil Tesoriero and Garett Bembridge. Arizona answered back, tying the game 5:30 later with a goal from Shawn Limpright his ninth in 11 games. Bryan Cameron and Jason Morgan each picked up the assists. Steven Kaunsito scored the game winner with a minute remaining in the first while on the man-advantage, after Limpright was called for high sticking.
The Sundogs posted a season high, 49 shots on goal, while outshooting the Cutthroats, 49-34. Andrew Engelage made 32 saves. Arizona was 0-7 on the power play and Denver was 1-6. The Sundogs and Cutthroats meet again tomorrow night at 7:05pm where they will finish out their three-game weekend series.
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.
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