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Hockey Summary

Suns 9, Moose 2

Jackson Hole Moose 1 1 0 2
Sun Valley Suns 1 4 4 9

FIRST PERIOD—(1) SV, Tom Forti 6 (John Miller, Tim Tracy), 11:43. (2) Moose, Josh Gorsalitz (T.J. Thomas), 13:48, power play goal.

SECOND PERIOD—(3) SV, John Stevens 15 (Ivars Muzis), 1:30. (4) Moose, Chris DeMarco (Aaron Ackley), 3:07. (5) SV, Paul Baranzelli 7 (Jamie Ellison, Vilnis Nikolaisons), 7:26, power play goal. (6) SV, Stevens 16 (Chas Riopel, Joe Lawson), 11:20, power play goal. (7) SV, Scott Winkler 7 (Ellison, Nikolaisons), 12:47, power play goal.

THIRD PERIOD—(8) SV, Muzis 4 (Winkler), 3:27, shorthanded goal. (9) SV, Ben Stauffer 8 (Forti, Miller), 6:29. (10) SV, Stauffer 9 (Lawson, Riopel), 14:38. (11) SV, Ellison 13 (Baranzelli, Miller), 18:32, power play goal.

SHOTS ON GOAL—for Jackson Hole 10-11-9 for 30; for Sun Valley 9-19-17 for 45.

GOALIES—Jackson Hole, Marc Morningstar (first 33:34, 20 saves, 5 goals) and Ross Boldt (last 26:26, 16 saves, 4 goals); SV, Matt Gershater (28 saves, 9-0-0 season).

OFFICIALS—Referee, Doug Royle; linesmen, Bobby Noyes and Curt Martin.

NOTES—The scoring was balanced between Sun Valley’s forward lines. They were Vilnis Nikolaisons-Jamie Ellison-Scott Winkler, Chas Riopel-Joe Lawson-John Stevens, Chris Benson-Tom Forti-John Miller. Rotating in were Ben Stauffer and Cameron Bennett. After Stevens got tossed, Stauffer went up on Lawson’s line as right wing and scored a pair of goals. The blueliners were Ivars Muzis-Paul Baranzelli, Kit Hughes-Tim Tracy, Kris Webster-Jon Bender….Nikolaisons made an incredible move to split two Moose defensemen and get off a shorthanded shot late in the first period….The most effective Moose lines were Gorsalitz-Thomas-Ackley and Mark McEwen-Joe Casey-Eric Rahilly….After the first period, former Suns coach/defenseman Tim Jeneson went up to referee Royle and reminded him that the Suns had been whistled for 10 penalty minutes to only 2 minutes for Jackson Hole….Moose coach and ex-goalie Bob "Howie" Carruth from Minnetonka, Minn. couldn’t believe his goalie Marc Morningstar was thrown out of the game for third-man-in. Former Suns coach Glenn Hunter made sure Morningstar made it off the ice safely after the ejection….Morningstar and Moose center Bryan Korpi are former Suns….The second Moose goal was a direct result of a terrible clearing pass by Baranzelli. Two of the four Moose goals this weekend came from shaky Suns clearing attempts….Ageless John Miller had another excellent game, hustling after pucks and making several great centering passes. He had 3 assists….The sixth Suns goal early in the third period was a great hustle play by Scott Winkler. He intercepted and knocked the puck ahead at the red line and broke in alone, aggressively skating at big 6-2, 220-pound Moose goalie Boldt. Boldt, coming off a groin injury, made the first save but Muzis made no mistake on the rebound for the fourth Suns shorthanded goal in the past five games….Jackson Hole brought most of its team. The main player missing was forward Gregg Gripentrog from St. Paul. Injured, he watched the weekend series. The Moose started the season 0-2 and won 14 of their next 15 games before tonight’s setback…..Penalty minutes were Suns 41 and Moose 38. On the power play: Suns 4-for-8, Moose 1-for-8.


Moose 2, Suns 1

Jackson Hole Moose 0 2 0 2
Sun Valley Suns 0 0 1 1

FIRST PERIOD—No scoring.

SECOND PERIOD—(1) Moose, Eric Rahilly (John Curry, Chris DeMarco), 2:27, power play goal. (2) Moose, Mark McEwen (Rahilly), 12:13.

THIRD PERIOD—(3) SV, Kris Webster 3 (Forti, Jon Bender), 15:55.

SHOTS ON GOAL—for Jackson Hole 8-12-3 for 23; for Sun Valley 10-13-22 for 45.

GOALIES—Jackson Hole, Ross Boldt (44 saves); SV, James Moskos (21 saves, 6-1-0 season).

OFFICIALS—Referee, Noyes; linesmen, Royle and Steve Little.

NOTES—With Luke Smith back in the lineup as the right wing with Ellison and Nikolaisons, Winkler dropped back down to a fourth forward line with center Stauffer and right wing Cam Bennett. They put a bunch of pressure on the Moose all game…."We ran four lines to try to go quick and hard at them," said Benson…Winkler kicked himself after failing to clear the puck out of his defensive zone on a Moose power play, which led to the first Jackson Hole goal….The Suns also got lazy on the second and eventual game-winning Moose goal, allowing Eric Rahilly to skate untouched and feed Mark McEwen for the score…..So successful on the power play Friday, the Suns shot themselves in the foot on a pair of second-period power plays—collecting quick penalties to go from a 5-on-4 advantage to 4-on-4 situations….Referee Noyes whistled an interesting charging penalty on Smith when the big Dartmouth grad plowed into Boldt and into the Moose net on a break-in….Probably the key play of the game was Boldt stopping Winkler on a breakaway with 2:11 left in the third period….Forti’s centering pass to Webster broke up the shutout with 4:05 left in the game….Weekend penalty minutes: Suns 55, Moose 50. On the power play: Suns 4-for-11, Moose 2-for-12….Although he didn’t score tonight, Ellison (85-138 for 223) went past Billy Tryder into ninth place on the all-time Suns scoring list. All eight Suns above sixth-year Suns center Ellison played nine or more Suns seasons. And fourth-year wing Nikolaisons (67-113 for 180) tied Jeneson for 17th place all time….Tonight’s combined 3 goals was the lowest on Sun Valley ice since Minnesota USA’s 3-0 win over the Suns March 16, 1996. You have to go back to Feb. 7, 1986 to find a lower winning total, that a 2-0 Bucks Unpainted Furniture victory over the Suns.


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