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Baker's big game bests Tulsa in 5-0 Arizona win
The Arizona Sundogs' Kevin Baker had a big offensive game, scoring two goals and contributing two assists in his team's 5-0 win over the Tulsa Oilers.Baker's tallies came on the power play at 17:11 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Arizona and on the power play 1:13 into the third to make the score 4-0 Arizona.
Tulsa's 10 penalties came back to haunt it, as the Oilers let up four goals while on the penalty kill.
Arizona forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up five minors and two majors for 20 minutes in penalty time. The Sundogs surpassed its season average of 16.0 penalty minutes per game. Arizona stifled Tulsa's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Sundogs featured an improved defense during the game. Arizona gives up 2.9 goals on average per game. The Sundogs outdid their season average for goals scored. Arizona has scored at the pace of 2.7 goals per game during the current campaign. The Sundogs relied on a core group of players for most of their offense, as Johan Ryd, Baker and Mario Larocque took 22 of the team's 40 shots. Arizona got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game.
Arizona additionally got points from Matt McCready, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Larocque, who also registered one goal and one assist. Arizona also got a goal from Chad Nehring as well. Other players who recorded assists for Arizona were Jeff Kyrzakos, who had two and Jason Morgan and Derek LeBlanc, who each chipped in one.
The the Oilers penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled eight minors and two majors for 26 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 14.0 minutes per game Tulsa had been spending in the box. The Oilers could not produce up to they normal offensive output. Tulsa averages 2.7 goals per game. By firing 22 shots on goal, the Oilers exceeded the 16.7 shots they average per game this year.
Tulsa was led by Drew Akins, who took four shots.
Adam Russo made 22 saves for the Sundogs on 22 shots. Dan Clarke rejected 35 shots on goal for the Oilers. Tulsa registered zero goals on four power play opportunities.