Friday, December 18, 2009

Sundogs goaltender Kyle McNulty eyes the puck as teammate Matt Biondo and Tyler Skworchinski close in

Brahmas lose 4-1 to Sundogs

Six game win streak snapped

Sometimes it's the team you least expect to up and whoop the Brahmas. The Arizona Sundogs did just that on Friday night at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

And here I was thinking they were going to have goaltending issues. More power to Kyle McNulty who was as solid in goal as he's ever been. And although the Brahmas came into the game with a 4-1 record against the Sundogs in the five previous meetings, Arizona has always been a tough opponent as many of you witnessed last week at the NYTEX Sports Centre. Let's hope the boys can recover and pull out a win tonight.

With the loss, the Brahmas record goes to 13-10-3 and they remain in fourth place in the Southern Conference; just one point behind the Laredo Bucks in third place. With the win, the Sundogs improve to 4-1-1 in their last six games and move into sixth place in the Southern Conference, leapfrogging the Amarillo Gorillas and Corpus Christi IceRays.

An early breakaway by Konrad Reeder gave the Sundogs a 1-0 lead at the 8:33 mark of the first period. Reeder snuck in behind the Texas defense before collecting a pass from Linus Fagemo. Reeder faked a backhand before slipping the puck past Brett Jaeger for the score. Chris Bartolone was also in on the assist.

Kevin Gardner made it 2-0 at the 15:50 mark after picking up a loose puck in the neutral zone. Cutting across the font of the crease, Gardner was able to tuck the puck under the outstretched leg of Jaeger, who did his best to block the shot from the side of the net. Chris Bartolone and Konrad Reeder were credited with the assist.

Jaeger would leave the game less than two minutes later after landing on the ice awkwardly while making a save.

The period ended with no further scoring. The Brahmas had the narrow 14-13 shot advantage but went to the visiting locker room down by two.

Arizona defenseman Jon Landry prevented a score on netminder Kyle McNulty and then moved the puck up the ice to Konrad Reeder, who sent a wrister past Joe Palmer's high glove side. Reeder's second score of the night gave the Sundogs a 3-0 lead at the 3:53 mark of the middle frame. Kevin Gardner assisted.

Anders Strome finally got the Brahmas on the board with a wraparound goal at the 13:47 mark; his fifth goal of the season. He was set up by Braden Walls and Scott Thauwald.

Arizona had the 15-13 shot advantage and the 3-1 lead heading into the second intermission.

Kevin Gardner closed out scoring with his second goal and third point of the night, splitting the Texas defense and lifting a backhand over the glove of Palmer with 6:15 to play in the game.

The Sundogs out shot the Brahmas 6-4 in the final frame and 34-31 in the game.

Brett Jaeger made 11 saves on 13 shots before leaving the game at the 17:36 mark of the first period. His record goes to 7-7-1 with the loss. Joe Palmer made 19 saves on 21 shots in relief. Kyle McNulty stopped 30 of 31 shots for his second win of the season (2-6-1).

The Brahmas went 0 for 6 on the power play. Arizona went 0 for 2. The Brahmas were assessed six minutes on three infractions. Arizona received 14 minutes on seven infractions.

The 3rd Star of the game went to Kyle McNulty for his efforts in net. The 2nd Star was awarded to Kevin Gardner who had two goals and an assist and the 1st Star went to Konrad Reeder who also had two goals and an assist.

You can view the box score here

The two teams will face off again tomorrow night at 8:05pm CST. The game will be broadcast on CHL-TV. You can watch at Zuroma if you don’t want to pay for the live feed. You can also listen on Internet radio here

Photo Credit: Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

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