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Arizona Adrenaline Name New President

Indoor football team, the Arizona Adrenaline, have named a new President and a new theme.

McBurney, Bloodworth and McGlaughlin are no longer with the Sundogs.

First tryouts for the Arizona Adrenaline were productive and deemed a success.

Sundogs Drop 2-1 Rematch to Komets

The Komets get their revenge in the rematch against the Sundogs.

sundogs102310More than 1800 miles separate the two furthest CHL teams, the Arizona Sundogs and the Ft. Wayne Komets, but after two games it appears the distance between the two teams on the ice is not very much.

The teams played another 2-1 game at Tim’s Toyota Center last night but this time the decision went to the Komets as the IHL champs won their first game in the CHL.

Already trailing 1-0, a young and promising Sundogs team took too many penalties and paid for it in the second period.

After killing off penalties to Joey Sides (interference) and Mark Kolanos (slashing), the ‘Dogs couldn’t kill off yet another penalty to Billy Bezeau for interference a little over halfway through the period.

The door to the penalty box was barely shut before Derek Petrosso netted the game winner with 8:01 left to play in the second.

Sundogs’ goalie Doug Groenestege said it bounced off a skate. Groenestege played another strong game for Arizona in goal stopping 29 shots. The Komets also got a break on their first goal. Veteran winger P.C. Drouin appeared to beat Groenestege with a shot early in the first period but before the puck could cross the line, defenseman John Wessbecker swept it away.

Unfortunately, however, he swept it right to Komets defenseman Frankie DeAngelis, who buried it this time for good from the right face-off circle. Komets goalie Nick Boucher was equally sharp, allowing only a power play goal to Sundogs captain, Tyler Butler, to beat him late in the second period. It was Boucher’s 300th pro career game and his performance earned him the first star of the game.

A bloodied Butler emerged from the Arizona locker room bemoaning the plethora of penalties his young mates incurred. “We dug our own hole. You play with fire with penalties,” he said leaving the “and you get burned,” part unsaid.

Coach Marco Pietroniro addressed his troops for a long time in the locker room after the game but Pietroniro insisted he wasn’t mad at his team. “Certainly I’m disappointed in our lack of discipline and control but at the same time I’m satisfied with the energy of our team,” he told the media. “If we continue to play this way, I feel we’ll gain their (the fans) trust back.”

Pietroniro said he’s been pleased with his goaltending in the early going. “Its (goaltending) been a challenge the last couple years but they (Groenestege and Bobby Jarosz) give us a chance to compete every night.” Notes: The Sundogs are doing everything they can in the game and between periods to bring fans back to Tim’s Toyota Center. Quick Change, a magic and dance duo, performed between the first and second period, extending the intermission by about eight minutes.

Attendance for Saturday’s game was a not too impressive 2672. The Komets have enjoyed solid attendance figures for years including nine straight sold out home openers including 10, 480 this year versus CHL champion, Rapid City.

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All photos courtesy Matt Santos/Arizona Sundogs. If you would like copies, please contact Matt Santos, Photographer at: 928.636.4721 or 928.237.6402, or fill in the Contact Form on the website.


New team, new owners, new year all add up to a winner!

Joey Sides has been re-signed for the upcoming 2010-11 Central Hockey League season.