break the ice
Win Ogden hockey tournament
Earl Holding may own Sun Valley and
Bountiful, but Ogden belongs to the Funsets.
The Sun Valley-based team won the fourth
annual Ice Breaker women's hockey tournament last weekend in Utah.
It was the third consecutive year a team
from the valley has taken top honors at Ogden.
The Funsets (4-0) did it with a
combination of outstanding teamwork, hustle and hard work. Every skater on the
squad contributed at least one point and all played a vital part in the title.
Goalie Joanie Fox (38 saves) was
outstanding between the pipes, collecting two shutouts and allowing just three
goals in four games to run her record to 7-1 with five shutouts in her last two
The Funsets, comprised of Fury and Sunset
players, opened the seven-team tourney with a narrow 2-1 victory over the Mile
High Mommas of Denver. Goals by Nancy Parsons-Brown and Jody Zarkos held up for
Saturday morning the Funsets ripped
nemesis Jackson Hole 7-0. Merri Whitehead and Parsons-Brown slotted two goals
apiece. Liza Weekes, Jen Embree, Elizabeth Youmans and Zarkos added insult to
injury with one score each.
Against the Missoula Frost later that
afternoon, the Funsets did not break through until late in the second period.
Parsons-Brown fed defenseman Sarah Benson
in the right face-off circle and Benson unloaded top shelf for a 1-0 lead. With
9:25 remaining in the game, Weekes scored an insurance goal, off an assist by
Jen Douglas and Parsons-Brown for a 2-0 win and a berth in the championship
Facing off against the Salt Lake Shadows
in the finale, the Funsets felt confident after racing out to a 2-0 lead in the
first period off goals by Jini Griffith and Embree.
The determined Shadows did not roll over,
however, and gained momentum with back-to-back goals in the second period for a
The Funsets blinked twice, but it would not happen again.
Skating with a sense of purpose and
determination in the third, Sun Valley's Embree and Parsons-Brown scored goals
within 38 seconds of one another to turn out the lights on the Shadows.
Nicole Perkins added a fifth goal with
4:31 on the clock to seal a 5-2 triumph.
Tizz Retchy Miller was named Most Valuable
Player in the championship, along with Laura Watanabe of the Shadows, cousin of
Graham and Shoji of Ketchum.
The team would like to thank head coach
Chris Edwards and assistant coach Chris Zarkos for having the same name which
made cursing much easier and more convenient on the bench.
Scoring (points): Jennifer Embree 5, Nancy
Parsons-Brown 4, Merri Whitehead 4, Liza Weekes 4, Nicole Perkins 3, Jen Douglas
3, Jody Zarkos 2, Sarah Benson 2, Jini Griffith 2, Elizabeth Youmans 2, Kris
Josey 1 and Tizz Miller 1.