Suns (8-0) stay
hot, sweep Winter Games
They had a
few defensive lapses, but the Sun Valley Suns were definitely the class of
the field in last weekend’s Utah Winter Games Senior Men’s checking
won all four of its games and captured the championship with exciting 1-0
and 4-3 victories over Utah’s Bud Ice sextet, a team that featured
college hockey players from the Beehive State.
we played very well," said Suns wing/assistant coach Chas Riopel.
(8-0) stayed hot, extending their two-season winning streak to 15 games.
The Suns haven’t lost in 16 games dating back to an 8-7 loss to Jackson
Hole Moose Feb. 24.
way for Sun Valley, which traveled to Utah with a sizable squad of 16
players for the three-day tournament, was the forward line of Vilnis
Nikolaisons, Jamie Ellison and Luke Smith.
(4 goals, 4 assists for 8 tourney points) netted the game-winning goal in
the third period Saturday for the 1-0 win over Bud Ice. Goalie James
Moskos made 27 saves to improve his record to 3-0.
(3-4 for 7 points) pumped in a pair of first-period goals helping stake
the Suns to an early 5-0 lead in a 6-4 victory over Korth’s Rebels
Saturday. Forward John McGuone (2-1 for 3) also scored a pair of important
goals in the victory.
for 5 points) got the Suns off the mark by scoring their first goal Friday
night in a come-from-behind 8-3 triumph over Cottonwood Spa. The Suns
tallied seven of the final eight goals—getting goals from seven
In all, the
line of Nikolaisons, Ellison and Smith accounted for 20 of 45 points as
Sun Valley won its second consecutive Utah Winter Games championship and
sixth in the last eight years.
early goals by Smith and Ellison, the eventual winning goals in Sunday’s
4-3 triumph over Bud Ice came from the Suns grinders—John Stevens
netting the final two scores on passes from Chas Riopel to hold off Bud
out-shot Bud Ice 44-25 in the championship as goalie Matt Gershater (5-0)
was called on to make 22 saves.
Idaho sextet dominated throughout the weekend—outscoring four opponents
19-10, outshooting them 177-91 and out-pointing its foes 45-25 on the
tourney scorers were Stevens (3-1 for 4), Ivars Muzis and Riopel (0-3 for
3), Jon Bender (1-2 for 3), Tim Tracy (1-2 for 3), Bryan Wiskow (0-2 for
2), Paul Baranzelli (1-1 for 2), Chris Benson (1-0 for 1) and Scott
Carmack (0-1 for 1).
line scores and the season scoring summary in this week’s Express Web
Smith who scored the game-winning shoot-out goal Dec. 29 as the Suns swept
the reigning National Senior Open champion Seattle Indians with a 7-6
overtime shoot-out win.
rallied from 2-0 deficits in each game to sweep Seattle 7-5 and 7-6.
had been winless in their last 10 overtime games before Smith, the final
shooter, tallied the third Sun Valley goal of the shootout. Other
successful scorers were Joe Lawson and Ben Stauffer.
made 45 saves.
Suns entertain Richtone Painting from Minneapolis Jan. 11-12 on resort
ice. Opening face-offs are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.