Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Suns Hockey Summary


friday, JAN. 19

Beacon Hill Hockey Club 1 5 0 6

Sun Valley Suns 3 2 3 8

FIRST PERIOD—(1) Beacon Hill, Steve Naughton (Scott Kelsey, Aron Bell), 7:10, power play goal. (2) SV, Jeremy Schreiber 1 (Jamie Ellison, Vilnis Nikolaisons), 13:14, power play goal. (3) SV, John Stevens 2 (Scott Winkler, Nikolaisons), 18:37, power play goal. (4) SV, Ryan McDonald 6 (Adam Swain, Blake Jenson), 19:16.

SECOND PERIOD—(5) Beacon Hill, Sean Murdoch (Mike Keating, Mike Cook), 3:06. (6) Beacon Hill, Naughton (Andrew Helming, Pete Chandler), 7:15, power play goal. (7) Beacon Hill, Naughton (Kelsey), 7:51, power play and hat trick goal. (8) Beacon Hill, Chandler (Helming, Naughton), 10:47. (9) Beacon Hill, Brett Adamczyk (Naughton), 14:12. (10) SV, Chris Warrington 1 (Nikolaisons), 17:32. (11) SV, Swain 8 (Eric Demment, McDonald), 17:50, power play goal.

THIRD PERIOD—(12) SV, Demment 3 (Swain, Jenson), 0:19, power play goal. (13) SV, Ellison 7 (Ryan Enrico, Demment), 3:19, power play goal. (14) SV, Warrington 2 (Swain, McDonald), 4:02, power play goal.

SHOTS ON GOAL—Beacon Hill 9-12-24 for 45; Sun Valley 17-17-11 for 45.

GOALIES—Beacon Hill, Marc Scheuer (37 saves); SV, Tony Benson (39 saves, 1-0-0 record).

OFFICIALS—Referee, Kelly Billings; linesmen, Dave Patrie and Eric Wingard.

NOTES—Suns forward lines were Blake Jenson-Ryan McDonald-Adam Swain, Ryan Enrico-Jamie Ellison-Vilnis Nikolaisons, John Stevens-Jon Duval-Scott Winkler, Charles Friedman-Billy Tryder-Trevor Thomas. The defensemen were Chris Warrington-Paul Baranzelli, Jeremy Schreiber-Eric Demment, Jami James-Josh Jacobson......Visiting this weekend to watch their son Adam Swain playing for the Suns were his parents, Garry and Lynn Swain of West Simsbury, Ct. Garry Swain was a professional hockey player who ended his career with the Hartford-based WHA New England Whalers in 1977. Swain, 59, from Welland, Ontario, Canada, was chosen in the first round of the 1968 NHL draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. One of his best seasons was in 1968, when he scored 41 goals and 103 points in 54 games for the Memorial Cup-winning Niagara Falls Flyers of the Junior "A" OHA. Professionally his best season was in 1974 for the SHL Charlotte Checkers. He led the league with 64 assists and 98 points. A former Niagara Falls junior golf champion, Swain has been involved in real estate and management consulting after his retirement from hockey 30 years ago.....The Swains planned their trip to Sun Valley around the Beacon Hill series so they could visit with Adam and their daughter Farrell, and also see Beacon Hill's Andrew Helming. Garry Swain coached both his son Adam and Helming, from Sharon, Ct., in junior hockey. A former hockey player at Middlebury College and Hotchkiss School, Helming was a NESCAC All-Conference pick in 2003....Beacon Hill's goalie Marc Scheuer, from Pt. Claire, Quebec, was a Middlebury senior with Helming in 2004. Scheuer was in the net when Middlebury won the NCAA Division 3 championship March 20, 2004 with a dramatic 1-0 OT victory over St. Norbert. That season, Scheuer was 17-2-0 with a nation-best 1.35 goals against.....Two other Beacon Hill players with college hockey backgrounds were Steve Naughton, 32, from Queens, N.Y., an All-Star for SUNY-Potsdam from 1994-98 who scored a total 100 points his junior and senior years, and Brett Adamczyk from Agawam, Mass., who played at Dave Hutchinson's alma-mater Babson College....The Beacon Hill forward line of Steve Naughton-Pete Chandler-Andrew Helming had some terrific scoring chances with Naughton notching a 5-point night. Naughton scored seven seconds into a five-on-three Jersey power play for a 3-3 game in the second period, then got his hat trick with the game only 28 minutes old. Naughton started a very pretty scoring play with a breakout pass to Helming who fired up to Chandler, who scored for a 5-3 Jersey lead. Beacon Hill's final score in the surge of five unanswered goals in the second came when Naughton twirled in the offensive zone and made a perfect pass to Adamczyk on the doorstep for a 6-3 cushion.....Suns coach Chris Benson said about the letdown, "We weren't covering up and weren't getting the puck in deep. We finally started doing those things in the third period. Those two goals and a butt chewing gave us some momentum going into the third period.".....Getting the win in the net for the Suns was 41-year-old Minnesotan Tony Benson, coach Chris' big brother who was Sun Valley's #1 goalie for 10 seasons from 1990-2000 with an 88-42-7 record and 3.69 average in 137 games. His last victory was March 17, 2000 by a 9-4 score over the Dallas South Stars on Sun Valley ice. Tony was playing tonight because Colin Zulianello, heading for Hawaii for a few days, couldn't come up from Boise for the weekend and Benson wasn't available Saturday. So coach Benson decided to give his regular Friday night goalie Ryan Thomson an extra night of rest and play Thomson Saturday, with Mat Gershater as Saturday's back-up. Coach Benson said, "Tony did great in the third period, but he got beat all over the mountain in the second."....


SATURday, JAN. 20

Beacon Hill Hockey Club 1 1 1 3

Sun Valley Suns 1 2 1 4

FIRST PERIOD—(1) SV, Blake Jenson 4 (Jeremy Schreiber, Eric Demment), 11:27, power play goal. (2) Beacon Hill, Pete Chandler (Brett Adamczyk, Andrew Helming), 11:55.

SECOND PERIOD—(3) Beacon Hill, Mike Cook (Steve Naughton, Sean Murdoch), 2:48. (4) SV, Ryan Enrico 10 (Demment), 9:02, shorthanded goal. (5) SV, Demment 4 (Vilnis Nikolaisons, Jamie Ellison), 18:41, power play goal.

THIRD PERIOD—(6) SV, Adam Swain 9 (Jenson), 7:49. (7) Beacon Hill, Helming (Naughton), 9:50.

SHOTS ON GOAL—Beacon Hill 13-17-17 for 47; Sun Valley 17-9-9 for 35.

GOALIES—Beacon Hill, Marc Scheuer (31 saves); SV, Ryan Thomson (44 saves, 6-0-0 record).

OFFICIALS—Referee, Kelly Billings; linesmen, Bobby Noyes and John Olson.

NOTES—The Suns were 8-for-12 on the power play for the weekend and Beacon Hill was 3-for-20. For the season the Suns are 28-for-77 (36%) on the power play compared to 12-for-97 (12%) for opponents...Sun Valley outpointed Beacon Hill 33-24 on the weekend scoresheet led by Eric Demment (2 goals, 4 assists for 6 points) and Adam Swain (2-3 for 5). High point skater was Beacon Hill's crafty wing Steve Naughton (3-4 for 7)......Weekend penalty minutes were Sun Valley 46 and Beacon Hill 30.... Suns coach Chris Benson had a good defensive blend with Jeremy Schreiber and Eric Demment this weekend. He said, "Jeremy tends to stay at home and Eric tends to wander—he has to be selective."...A key moment in the game arrived early in the third period, with the Suns leading 3-2 and Beacon Hill on a five-on-three power play. Goalie Ryan Thomson stopped a Brad Boyer blast from the Beacon Hill point and then came up big on Steve Naughton's rebound attempt. The Suns penalty killers finished off the five-on-three and staked Thomson to a 4-2 lead on Adam Swain's goal. Thomson, who stopped 16 of 17 Jersey shots in the third, yielded an Andrew Helming goal midway through the third and was bulletproof afterward—as his Suns penalty killers were successful getting rid of two more Beacon Hill power plays in the final eight minutes....Suns forward lines were Blake Jenson-Ryan McDonald-Adam Swain, Ryan Enrico-Jamie Ellison-Vilnis Nikolaisons, John Stevens-Jon Duval-Scott Winkler,...Beacon Hill goalie Scheuer wasn't big but he was very effective. Scheuer was spectacular for Middlebury in its 2004 NCAA Division 3 title drive, making 44 saves for the Panthers in their 3-2 double overtime semi-final victory over Norwich before he blanked St. Norbert in the championship game at Northfield, Vt—giving Middlebury a school-record 27 wins for the season. It was the first of three straight Middlebury NCAA Division 3 championship victories, a streak that continues this year. Middlebury won eight titles in 12 years from 1995-2006.....In Suns season statistics, there are nine players with 10 or more points and very few multiple-goal games, simply because the team's scoring responsibilities are spread wide.....Point leader Blake Jenson (19), whose mother Janine Burke was in the crowd Friday, leads in assists (15) while Ryan Enrico (10) and Paul Baranzelli (10) are the top goal scorers. The Suns have outscored opponents 36-17 in the second periods of the 12 games to date.

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