It was a tough draw, but the Sun Valley Suns Peewees gave it their all at the Idaho Amateur Hockey Tournament in Boise, Feb. 23-25.
The highlight of the tournament was a 2-2 draw against the Idaho Falls A team, a sextet the current Suns have never tied or beaten before.
An early goal by Parker Weekes gave the Suns a 1-0 lead. The Eagles answered, scoring twice for a 2-1 advantage late in the third. Withstanding a furious offensive onslaught by Idaho Falls, the Suns pulled goalie Gus Conrad with 1:10 left on the clock. Defenseman Drew Punnett corralled the puck and fed Jon Paris who went coast to coast to net the "hardware goal" with 7.3 seconds remaining.
"The large Sun Valley crowd went wild," coach Bob Crosby said of the result, which one parent called, "the best game of the year."
"It was a great team effort," Crosby added.
The Suns were shutout in their other two matchups, losing to Southwest League and state champion Boise 13-0 and Coeur d'Alene 12-0. The Steelheads blanked CDA in the final 7-nil. Boise also won the B championship 8-4 over CDA.
Suns skaters were Liam Jablonski, Karl Wilander, Drew Barsch, Calder Zarkos, Cameron Jenner, Chase Hutchinson, Riley Sibbach, Parker Morris, Rickie Jeneson, Mason Noyes, Tom Crosby, A.J. Rierden, Karl Kaiser and Chris Carnes.
The team, which is coached by Jeff Ballou and Crosby, returns to the ice in two weeks at Idaho Falls.
The Sun Valley Midget B team turned in a great performance at state, skating to a 2-2 record.
The Suns beat Idaho Falls 5-2 and Coeur d'Alene 4-2, and lost to the two teams which made it to the finals, the Salmon Rapids and the Boise Steelheads.
The Rapids claimed the title over the Steelheads 1-0.