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Suns (10-0) paint some big numbers on Richtone

Tune-up for three big weekends of hockey

With three challenging hockey weekends on the horizon, the Sun Valley Suns (10-0) tuned up their scoring machine last weekend with 11-4 and 14-5 wins over Richtone Painting from Minnesota.

It was a score-sheet weekend as the Suns outscored Richtone 25-9, out-shot their visitors 101-53 and out-pointed the Minneapolis sextet 66-23. Twelve different Suns skaters scored in the two-game sweep.

Spotting Richtone a 2-0 lead Friday, the Suns put 10 unanswered goals on the board and gave winning goalie Matt Gershater (6-0-0) an easy night between the pipes.

Right wing John Stevens had a pair of power-play goals and recorded his second hat trick of the season. Scoring two goals apiece were Scott Winkler (one shorthanded), Ivars Muzis and Ben Stauffer.

First-year forward Stauffer added two more goals Saturday and Vilnis Nikolaisons had the hat trick, but the 14-goal Suns assault was amazingly balanced. Ten different Suns scored—and right wing John Miller tallied a pair of shorthanded goals.

Coming up with their first goals as the Suns stretched their two-season winning streak to 17 games were Kris Webster, Muzis and Kit Hughes. Point leaders were Stevens (4-4 for 8) and Nikolaisons (3-5 for 8).

The assignments will be much tougher the next three weekends.

Next, the Suns entertain Minneapolis Green Mill Jan. 18-19 on resort ice. Opening face-offs are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The teams split last year, Green Mill taking the Friday night game 4-3 OT.

The 2001 National Elite champions Bucks Unfinished Furniture from Minneapolis return Jan. 25-26 and the Jackson Hole Moose come to Sun Valley Feb. 1-2.


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