Midgets tune up
with hockey games in Boise
Three wins for Sun
Valley #1 Midget team got a great jump out of the gate, going 3-1 in
Intermountain Hockey League games last weekend at Ice World in Boise.
defeated Boise 4-2, Idaho Falls 2-1 and Salmon 6-1. Sun Valley only loss
was to Las Vegas by a score of 2-1.
it went well," coach Randy Berner said. "We beat two of our big
in-state rivals. We got a wake up call in our last game, but I think we
learned not to take teams for granted."
referring to the loss against Las Vegas (1-7), a team previously winless
in league play.
"Their goalie won the game for them. We outshot them 30-14, but it
was one of the games where you run into a hot goalie and don’t get any
Sloper’s goal from Justin Taylor equalized the game 1-all in the second,
but Vegas scored with a minute remaining to capture the contest.
missed a lot of assignments backchecking and they put it in on the second
rebound," Berner remarked.
It was a
disappointing way to end a previously terrific showing.
started off with a 4-2 victory over Boise. The Sun Valley-Boise series has
turned into a fierce, chippy rivalry.
scored twice in the first—Tyler Klune from Kellen Chatterton and Justin
Taylor from Klune and Sloper—and tacked on two more in the second—Matt
Conover from Klune and Noah Loyd from Tate Mills and Taylor Rothgeb.
Corey Simpson made 13 saves.
punched out Salmon 6-1. Zach Bloomfield and Loyd both scored and tallied
an assist on the first two goals.
third line (including Tate Mills) played really well over the
weekend," Berner said.
Blake Schnebly (Bloomfield), Klune and Sloper (Taylor/Chatterton) also lit
the light. Salmon scored with 5:38 left to prevent the shutout by Simpson
A 2-1 final
score against Idaho Falls does not indicate how thoroughly the Suns
dominated their oldest rival.
guys played real well. We totally outplayed them," Berner said.
held a 32-14 shot advantage in the game.
came off the stick of defenseman Cody Lampl.
1-0 in the second, Lampl collected a feed from Simpson (13 saves) and went
coast-to-coast to knot the score.
With a mere
12 seconds left in the game, Lampl gathered in a pass from Kent Grimes
converted on a 2-on-1 with Sloper.
was good to come out with the win," Berner summed up.
Hole currently leads the IMHL Midget standings with a 4-0 record.
second at 3-4. Sun Valley #1, the Boise Blades and Rock Springs are tied
for third place with 3-1 marks. Sun Valley #2 is sixth at 2-2. Rounding
out the nine-team league are Idaho Falls at 1-2, Salmon at 1-3 and Las
Vegas at 1-7.
#1 and #2 teams travel to Las Vegas Dec. 8-9 for league games against
Vegas, Ogden and Boise.