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15 February 2013  
It's been a busy few days for the Sundogs. Here's a round up of their latest news.

Sundogs Sign Russian Defenseman Tulupov

2006 Third Round, 67Th Overall Nhl Entry Draft Pick

Prescott Valley, AZ – The Arizona Sundogs announced Thursday the signing of defenseman Kirill Tulupov, a 2006 third round, #67 overall NHL Entry Draft pick.

Tulupov, a native of Moscow, Russia began his pro career in 2009-10 in Russia with the HC Slovan Bratislava. He registered 1 goal, seven assists and 30 penalty minutes in 45 games. In 2010-11 he played for the Moscow Spartak of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), playing in four games. In 2011-12 he joined the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League (AHL). He skated in 33 games and collected one goal, seven assists and 71 penalty minutes. He started his 2012-13 season in Russia playing for the Yekaterinburg Automobilist and the Khabarovsk Amur both of the KHL and tallied two assists while with Khabaarovski Amur.

Prior to turning pro he spent five seasons playing junior hockey, three of which were spent playing for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

Tulupov will be in the Sundogs' line-up pending immigration approval and will be wearing number 77.

Sundogs Release Forward Adam Smyth

Prescott Valley, AZ – The Arizona Sundogs announced Thursday that long time forward Adam Smyth was released from the team.

This was Smyth's fourth season, who has skated in 137 games with the Sundogs. He collected 18 goals, 25 assists and 690 penalty minutes while in Arizona. This season, Smyth has laced up in 47 games and tallied two goals, nine assists and 134 penalty minutes.

"Smitty has been a great teammate over the past four seasons and a good representative of the team both on and off the ice. We wish him luck and continued success", said General Manager Chris Presson. 


Sundogs Swept By Brahmas, 7-1 Loss

Petovello Scored Arizona's Goal

Prescott Valley, AZ – The Arizona Sundogs were swept by the Ft. Worth Brahmas in a 7-1 loss Wednesday night at Tim's Toyota Center.

Brahmas, John Snowden tallied five goals, four of them registered in the second frame. Ft. Worth struck first 8:56 into the first period with an unassisted goal from Austin Mayer. Snowden scored his first goal 1:25 into the second period when he sinked the puck in the net with a slapper. Less than nine minutes later Snowden scored again and his next two goals would come within five minutes of each other and both on the power play. Snowden's third goal was tallied at 11:14, after Adam Smyth was called for cross checking. With 5:26 remaining in the second period Chad Nehring was issued two minutes for holding resulting in Snowden's fourth goal. Kevin Petovello broke the Sundogs' nearly scoreless 40 minutes after he chipped the puck past Kristofer Westblom registering a power play goal. Jake Hauswirth and Mario Larocque both received the assists.

Snowden would finish his night with his fifth goal just three minutes into the final period. Mayer also registered his second goal of the night a minute later, pushing the Brahmas to a six goal lead and forcing Arizona to send in relief goalie Adam Russo for the remaining sixteen minutes.

David Brown took the loss for the Sundogs making 25 saves. Arizona was outshot 35-18. The Sundogs were 1-3 on the power play and the Brahmas were 2-4 on the power play. The Sundogs head back on the road to face the Tulsa Oilers on Friday and the Quad City Mallards on Saturday. The Sundogs' next home game will be on Saturday, February 23 at 8:05pm at Tim's Toyota Center.


Sundogs Drop Game To Brahmas In 4-3 Overtime Loss

Arizona In Sixth Place In League Standings

Prescott Valley, AZ – The Arizona Sundogs dropped their game against the Ft. Worth Brahmas in a 4-3 overtime loss Tuesday night in Tim's Toyota Center.

Jake Hauswirth scored Arizona's opening goal 5:41 into the first period. His goal came on the power play after Sy Nutkevitch was called for slashing. Kevin Petovello and Ron Meyers each picked up an assist. Five minutes later the Brahmas John Snowden would answer back with, their own power play goal when Paul Kurceba was issued two minutes for interference. Derek LeBlanc and Nick Schneider squared off with LeBlanc winning the tousle and they were each issued five minute coincidental fighting penalties. In the second period LeBlanc would be issued 22 penalty minutes and a game misconduct for abuse of an official.

With 45 seconds left in the middle frame Hauswirth chipped the puck past Kristofer Westblom tallying his second goal of the night. Meyers and Matt McCready were each credited with the assists. The Brahmas evened the score with a shot from Riley Boychuk 1:45 into the final period. Chad Nehring returned the favor scoring his 27th goal of the season, 5:49 later. Petovello and McCready each registered their second point of the night. Brendon Hodge tied the game forcing it into overtime when he lit the lamp with 5:39 left in regulation. His goal came on the power play after Adam Smyth was accessed two minutes for cross checking. The Brahmas would take win with a goal from Tomas Klempa 2:11 into overtime.

Adam Russo took the loss for the Sundogs making 26 saves. Ft. Worth outshot Arizona 30-27. Arizona was 1-2 on the power play and Ft. Worth was 2-7. The Sundogs picked up a point in overtime holding them in sixth place in the Central Hockey League standings with 51 points. The Sundogs play again tomorrow at 6:05 at Tim's Toyota Center against the Ft. Worth Brahmas and will also present their first ever Rooster Run during first intermission.

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