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Surma's hat trick boosts Rapid City over Arizona, 4-1
The Arizona Sundogs could not stop Rapid City's Damian Surma, who tallied a hat trick in a 4-1 win.Surma's first goal came 4:10 into the second period. He then added goals at 9:11 into the second and at 7:39 into the third.
By firing 41 shots on goal, Rapid City exceeded the 24.9 shots it averages per game this year.
Scott Brannon also scored for Rapid City. More assists for Rapid City came via Kyle Peto, who had two and Rusty Masters, Jeff Lee, Scott Wray, and Jordan Baker, who contributed one a piece.
Arizona put 24 shots on net during the contest, more than the 21.7 it averages per game.
The Sundogs were led by Derek LeBlanc, who scored the team's only goal. LeBlanc scored on the power play 9:49 into the third period to make the score 4-1 Rapid City. An interference penalty on John Snowden had put Arizona on the power play. Jeff Kyrzakos assisted on the tally.
Danny Battochio recorded 23 saves for Rapid City. Rapid City totaled 13 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 2-for-7 on the power play. The Sundogs' David Brown stopped 37 shots out of the 41 that he faced. Arizona totaled 15 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major and went 1-for-4 on the power play.