The Sun Valley Junior Hockey Association was in action in two Intermountain cities this past weekend with the high school Midgets playing in Idaho Falls and Bantams (ages 13-14) playing in Provo, Utah.
At the Idaho Falls Golden Eagles Midget Invitational tournament, the Sun Valley Midgets swept the competition, winning all four games and beating the rival Golden Eagles of Idaho Falls twice with scores of 3-2 and 4-2.
In an 8-2 trouncing over Provo, Sinjin Thomas scored a hat trick as the young Suns broke open a close 2-2 game with four goals in the second. He was the team's second highest scorer for the tournament with 4 goals and 3 assists.
The Midgets held off Tahoe Predators 3-2 with Danny Ward scoring the first two goals and Travis Amick getting the winner in a 32-penalty slugfest. Amick led the Midget assault with 3 goals and 6 assists for a team-high 9 points.
Amick, who also scored the winner in Sunday's 3-2 win over Idaho Falls, had a three-assist playmaker in the championship game won by Sun Valley 4-2. Max Kwok, Thomas, Carl Jablonski and Colin Almquist scored the goals.
Danny Ward scored 7 points on 4 goals and 3 assists to round out the top three scorers.
Coach Andrew Hebert said, "The boys played great and our goalie Regan O'Reilly had a good weekend." O'Reilly finished with 88 saves on 96 shots and a gaa of .92.
Other scorers: Tyson Reynoso 1/3; Max Kwok 1/2; Michael Connor 0/2; Colin Almquist 0/2; Patrick McMahon 0/1; Carl Jablonski 1/0; Levi Crandall 1/0; Jeff Conover 1/0; and Aleksandr Baron 0/1.
The Midgets will travel to their next tournament in Bozeman, Mt. Jan. 7-9 and then it's on to Spokane Jan. 14-16.
Meanwhile, the SV Bantams had one victory in four games last weekend at Provo. Austin Grill led the offense with 8 points on 6 goals and 2 assists.
The Bantam's lone win came against the home Provo team with a score of 8-7 with a last-second goal by Hank Mason.
Losses came at the hands of Idaho Falls (4-1), Ogden (5-3), and Jackson (4-1).
Goalie Colby Stoecklein had 96 saves for the weekend. Backing him was Brian Perry.
Scoring for the Bantams: Austin Grill, 6/2, Latner Straley 0/2, Niels McMahon 0/1, Cache Duininick 0/1, Morgan Pike 0/1, Jimmy Hague 0/1, Hank Mason 1/1, Chris Falcone 1/1, Rune Haavik 0/1, Jackson Bates 1/0, David Dredge 1/0, Tye Lampl 1/0.