HIDALGO – It looked like the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (4-4-0) were going to be stopped by some stellar goaltending but a third period rally sent the game to extra time against the Arizona Sundogs. David Marshall, Dan Gender, and Zac Pearson scored in the shootout to cap the come-from-behind win and score a 4-3 win over the Arizona Sundogs (2-4-3) Friday night at State Farm Arena.
The Bees opened the scoring five minutes into the first period when Tim Billingsley threw a short pass that caught David Marshall sprinting into the Arizona zone for a breakaway. He finished his chance and sent a backhand shot past Szuper. It was Marshall's fourth goal of the season and his second in as many games.
A few minutes later Sundogs forward Craig Macdonald tied it up with a wrist shot from the left circle that got past Bees netminder John Murray. Arizona scored again ten minutes into the second courtesy of a Kyle Hood shot that just trickled past Murray.
The Bees had a chance to tie the game with a power-play opportunity to start the third period but a shorthanded rush led by Macdonald and finished by Luke Erickson added to the Arizona lead. The assist capped a three point night for Macdonald who also scored earlier in the game.
It looked all but over for the Bees halfway into the third period down 3-1 when Hausworth shrugged off a check and fired a laser from the point that shot past Szuper cutting the deficit to one.
Only moments later Rioux connected on a quick strike of his own to tie the game at three. For Rioux it was his first goal of the season and first a professional hockey player. Dan Gendur and Brandon Campos picked up the assists.
Murray shut the door in the overtime and shootout and ended the night with 34 saves.
The Killer Bees continue their homestand tomorrow night when the Arizona Sundogs return to the Hive. Puck drops at 7:30 P.M.