Suns (10-0) paint
some big numbers on Richtone
Tune-up for three
big weekends of hockey
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.
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
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.
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
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).
assignments will be much tougher the next three weekends.
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.
National Elite champions Bucks Unfinished Furniture from Minneapolis
return Jan. 25-26 and the Jackson Hole Moose come to Sun Valley Feb. 1-2.