Teamwork puts Sun
Sunsets on top
Express Staff Writer
Valley Sunsets are used to winning. Their usual MO is winning big and
the Sun Valley Sunsets to last weekend’s tournament championship
was the forward line of, from left, Georgia Hutchinson, Wendy Speth and
Kris Miller. Express photo by Willy Cook
But in the
Ski Town Shootout women’s hockey tournament at the Sun Valley Skating
Center, March 1-3, the Sunsets found a new way to win—by the skin of
A flight championship against Jackson Hole, Sunsets center Wendy Speth
scored with 30 seconds on the clock to lift Sun Valley to a last-gasp 3-2
victory over a Wyoming squad that had trounced the host Sunsets just one
girls showed a lot of character," assistant coach Johnny Miller said.
"To lose (to Jackson) 4-0 and come back and win is huge."
Valley Fury, second in last weekend’s "B Flight"
tournament on resort ice, gather for a team pose. Express photo by
Peterson summed up the Sunsets sentiments by saying, "It was
definitely the sweetest win I have ever been part of."
In the B
flight, the Sun Valley Fury went 3-0 in pool play. They recorded their
first wins of the season, but came up short in the finale, losing 4-2 to
the Boise Bombshells.
Copeland remarked, "We played so much better than we have all season.
You have to look at the tournament as a whole."
Paybacks are sweet
what they say about paybacks and the Sunsets were itching to return
Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Jackson Hole to the sender.
to assistant captain Sarah Benson it was only the second time perennial
power Sun Valley has been shutout since 1997.
owed them," Benson said.
though, the Sunsets had a little revenge to serve up to the Salt Lake
Black Diamonds, who beat Sun Valley 2-1 in last year’s title game.
started slowly (for them), scoring three goals in the second and two in
the third period for a 5-1 victory late Friday night.
different players lit the light; Christl Holzl, Sheila Naghsh, Michele
Hampton, Benson and Speth.
getting blanked by Jackson Hole’s Teton Passers, the Sunsets got back on
track with a 4-1 win over the Boise Blades Saturday night.
did not get the party started until the third period when Lucy Chubb broke
open a 1-1 tie with a pair of goals within 32 seconds. Holzl and Liza
Weekes also scored.
morning Big Sky goalie Sue Bogue proved to be as impenetrable as a door
with a pinball machine in front of it, and despite their naked enthusiasm
and 44 shots the Sunsets and Big Sky skated to a scoreless tie.
law of averages did not work in our favor," Chubb remarked. "She
stopped everything we shot at her." Big Sky only got off seven shots.
tie the Sunsets slipped into the final, and you might think the team would
be second-guessing itself after a 2-1-1 showing in their four preliminary
games. Think again.
one ever doubted we could beat them," Chubb said.
Passers made it onto the scoreboard first, however. Karin Salden scored
off passes by wonder girls Jesse Garner (9 points) and Charlotte Quesada
A mere two
minutes later, Speth picked off a pass in the neutral zone and went in
unassisted for a 1-1 tie.
the second period and trying to keep the puck in the Sunsets defensive
zone, the Passers mistakenly knocked the pass to a streaking Peterson, who
connected cross-ice with Holzl. In stride, Holzl fired top shelf for a 2-1
Sun Valley lead.
battled back and forth. Sunsets goalie Karen Morrison, named the game’s
Most Valuable Player, made nine saves in the third to six for Teton’s
were in transition when Jackson’s Megan Field converted a pass by Garner
to tie the game with 1:39 on the clock.
that point, I was thinking we’d do all right in overtime," Sunset
Sheila Naghsh said. "We had the better goalie."
But with 40
seconds on the clock the Sunsets went to work.
blocked a shot by Jackson’s Kathleen Roe. The puck trickled out of the
zone to Chubb, who banged it off the boards back to Speth.
coach whom they would want to take the final shot with 30 seconds left and
the game on the line and the answer would most likely be Speth, whose
lethal speed and accuracy are enough to cause venus envy among hockey’s
pulled up at the face-off circle in Jackson’s zone and went over Lyons
shoulder for the game-winner. "Beautiful," Miller said.
co-captain Benson talked about the team rising to the occasion. "We
knew we had to dig deep and pull it together and everyone stepped
up," she said.
concurred, "I thought we played really well and it showed our
commitment to winning."
Check out a
Sunsets team photo from the recent Jackson tournament in Local Life.
Fury a contender
enjoyed their first wins of the season and came away with the confidence
that they’re a legitimate contender in any tournament.
Edwards remarked, "It was a great weekend of hockey. We were leaps
and bounds ahead of how we played earlier in the season. The team has
accomplished a lot in the last half of the season."
opened play with a 2-0 shutout of the eventual champion Boise Bombshells
Friday night. Center Nicole Perkins scored twice off assists by Dotty Hand
and Jen Seiller.
year’s tournament, Sun Valley and Boise skated to a scoreless tie in
pool play and the Fury went on to beat the Bombshells 4-1 in the
consolation final. The two rivals would meet again, but Sun Valley had
some wins to rack up first.
against the Jackson Hole Moose, the Fury scored three unanswered goals to
win 4-1. Merri Whitehead converted twice. Single scores were put in by
hard-working centers Nancy Parsons-Brown and Perkins.
all cylinders, the Fury had the antidote for the Jackson Venom, winning
6-zip for its second shutout behind goalie Joanie Fox.
recorded by Perkins (2), Parsons-Brown (2), Jen Copeland and Jeannie Kiel.
was brimming with confidence in Sunday’s final and it was boosted even
higher after the Fury rang up two quick goals to go up 2-nil. Sarchett and
Jen Seiller caught twine.
of rolling over, the Bombshells tallied two goals within a minute and a
half to close out the first period tied 2-all.
Karen White scored the eventual game-winner on a power play in the waning
seconds of the second, and Cindy Kellar trickled in an insurance score on
a goal-mouth scramble for a final of 4-2.
wheels kind of came off and we didn’t pull it together," Edwards
remarked. "We went away from what got us there—the basics. But the
girls had a great weekend."