PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – In an epic back-and-forth marathon, the Arizona Sundogs won in overtime, 6-5 against the Wichita Thunder Friday at Tim’s Toyota Center. David Rutherford tallied a hat trick and an assist for a four point night. Michael Forney also collected five points, with a goal and four assists.
The Sundogs struck first 16 minutes into the opening period with a goal from Michael Forney and assists from Shawn Limpright and Bryan Cameron. Wichita tied the game heading into the first intermission when Jason Wilson tallied an unassisted goal at 18:35.
The Thunder broke the tie only 1:10 into the second when Matt Robinson found the net from Mike Wilson and Dustin Donaghy. Eight minutes later Justin Pender scored and then a minute later Tomas Klempa answered back. Brandon Coccimiglio posted another goal for the Sundogs, though Wichita grabbed the lead after 40 minutes of action. With less than four minutes remaining in the second period Matt Summers struck twice giving Thunder a two goal lead. Summers’ second goal came while on the power play after Tom Maxwell was given two minutes for high sticking.
David Rutherford equalized the game for Arizona posting two goals in the final frame, within 60 seconds of each. With the game knotted at five each play, was forced into overtime for the second night straight. Rutherford collected the game winning goal and his third goal of the night, 4:41 into overtime leading the Sundogs to their win.
Andrew Engelage was awarded the win making 32 saves on 37 shots. Arizona was 0-3 on the power play and Wichita was 1-5. The Sundogs outshot the Thunder 50-37. The Sundogs’ regular season comes to an end Saturday night in their final tilt against the Thunder in the 2013-14 season.
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.
Photos courtesy of Matt Santos (msantosphotographer.com)