Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Suns Hockey Summary

Friday, JANUARY 11


Innisfail Eagles 1 1 2 3 7
Sun Valley Suns 0 3 1 2 6

FIRST PERIOD—(1) Innisfail, Billy Harrison (Chad Chapman, William Rathje), 7:19.

SECOND PERIOD—(2) Innisfail, Harrison (Shawn Diggins), 5:54. (3) SV, Chris Warrington 3 (Cody Lampl, Jamie Ellison), 11:48. (4) SV, Vilnis Nikolaisons 4 (Ryan Enrico), 17:36. (5) SV, Ellison 5 (Nikolaisons, Lampl), 19:59.

THIRD PERIOD—(6) Innisfail, Harrison (Rathje), 2:50, hat trick goal. (7) SV, Lampl 1 (Ellison, Nikolaisons), 5:42, power play goal. (8) Innisfail, Clark Lowry (Chapman, Rathje), 18:59, shorthanded goal.

OVERTIME (5 minutes, 4-on-4)—No scoring.

OVERTIME SHOOTOUT—(9) SV, Adam Swain 9. (10) Innisfail, Colin Shaw. (11) Innisfail, Harrison. (12) SV, Paul Baranzelli 5. (13) Innisfail, Jesse Vandalfsen, game-winning goal.

SHOTS ON GOAL—Innisfail 10-9-11-2-5 for 37; Sun Valley 9-17-9-6-5 for 46.

GOALIES—Innisfail, Jordan Ramstead (40 saves); SV, Ryan Thomson (39 saves, 2-1-0 record).

OFFICIALS—Referee, Paul Fitzer; linesmen, Dave Patrie and Pat Ballou.

NOTES—Suns forward lines were Ryan Enrico-Jamie Ellison-Vilnis Nikolaisons, Adam Swain-Paul Baranzelli-Jon Duval, Blake Jenson-John Stevens-Charles Friedman, Trevor Thomas-Sinjin Thomas-Cody Proctor. The defensemen were Ivars Muzis, Kris Webster, Josh Jacobson, Chris Warrington and Cody Lampl. Not playing were blueliners Jeremy Schreiber, Eric Demment and Jeremy Mylymok. Mat Gershater was back-up goalie.....Innisfail set up with a first line of Adam Vetter-Chad Chapman-Billy Harrison followed by David Waiting-Shawn Diggins-Karl Gartly and Jesse Vandalfsen-Clark Lowry-Colin Shaw. The Eagles blueliners were William Rathje-Brian Harvie and captain Martin Wright-D.J. Brough. Back-up goalie was Trevor Logan......Suns coach Chris Benson said about the tall Eagles defensemen, "Their Four Towers were playing pretty good defense for them,"....Fifth-year Suns goalie Thomson (34-9-0, 6-3-0 OT) has played in the goal in 10 of the last 12 Suns overtime games. He lost his first OT game 7-6 to McCall in March 2004 and had won six straight OT games prior to tonight. The Suns are now 5-9 in 14 shootouts since 1998, and 31-24-20 in 75 OT games over 33 seasons......Thomson made two absolutely huge saves on Eagles center Chad Chapman in the second period that helped his team turn the game around. With the Suns in jeopardy of going down 3-0 midway through the second period, Thomson came up big stopping a Chapman wrist shot with his left shoulder. The puck was headed for the top corner on an Eagles' 3-on-2 break down the ice. Shortly after captain Chris Warrington scored the first Suns goal after Cody Lampl brought the puck into the zone and absorbed a hard check to keep it there. The Suns had a slew of power play chances as the second period ticked away, including a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage, but they couldn't do much except for an Ivars Muzis chance from close range—and Muzis couldn't pull the trigger. It put the onus on Thomson again, and he made a great save on Chapman's slapshot from 10 feet. Seconds later Ryan Enrico and Vilnis Nikolaisons teamed up for the game-tying goal, Nikolaisons equalizing at 2-2 with his fourth goal.....The Eagles tied the game 4-4 with 1:01 left on a 2-on-1 break finished by a Clark Lowry goal. The Suns' defense got caught deep in the offensive zone on the power play, enabling the Eagles to have numbers going the other way.....Cody Lampl and defenseman Karl Gartly of the Eagles got into a donnybrook at the very end of regulation in the neutral zone, Lampl getting the best of it and receiving a loud round of applause from the fans on the way off the ice.....Suns Dr. Frank Batcha looked at Gartly and told Eagles coach Mike Bennett that Gartly had suffered a concussion and should be watched throughout the night. Dr. Batcha's recommendation was that Gartley not play Saturday.....Another clutch save by Thomson on William Rathje's power play slapper early in the 5-minute OT kept the Suns playing. Suns coach Chris Benson said, "Ryan made a couple of big saves in overtime." Then Adam Swain drew a penalty to give Sun Valley the power play advantage. Chris Warrington had a good chance from the point and Jamie Ellison nearly ended the game skating in with the puck from the corner boards, then Paul Baranzelli hit the post on the power play with 1:40 left in the extra session......The goaltenders stayed in their respective nets for the shootout. Innisfail's Clark Lowry started it off and missed wide with his backhand, but Adam Swain of the Suns shot through the 5-hole giving Sun Valley a 1-0 lead. Chad Chapman of the Eagles shot high and wide as Thomson cut off the angle nicely, but Eagles netminder Jordan Ramstead got his pad on the next try by Vilnis Nikolaisons. The next two Eagles shooters, Colin Shaw and Billy Harrison (4 goals), swung wide to the right in their approaches and then beat Thomson across the crease for a 2-1 Innisfail lead. John Stevens missed on the short side, Ramstead handling the shot easily with his left glove, then Paul Baranzelli made it 2-2 jamming the puck past Ramstead. Referee Paul Fitzer had to wait and wait until he could see the puck trickle behind Ramstead. A quick wrist shot from the middle of the ice by the final Eagles shooter, Jesse Vandalfsen, turned into the winning goal when Ryan Enrico couldn't get good wood on the final Suns try.....Three Colorado College hockey players were suspended by the school at the end of December 2007 for student conduct violations, but Lampl, a junior, drew the worst penalty. Lampl was suspended from school until January 2009, pending an appeal that could be heard in the next two weeks by the college president. Forward Derek Patrosso was suspended from school until March 12 or prior to the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs, and junior center Chau Rau, the Tigers' leading scorer with 10 goals and 19 points at the time of his suspension, was given only a one-game suspension by coach Scott Owens for violating a team rule.

Saturday, JANUARY 12


Innisfail Eagles 0 2 1 3
Sun Valley Suns 1 0 4 5

FIRST PERIOD—(1) SV, John Miller 1 (Charles Friedman, Chris Warrington), 10:21.

SECOND PERIOD—(2) Innisfail, Adam Vetter (unassisted), 14:50. (3) Innisfail, Clark Lowry (William Rathje), 17:31.

THIRD PERIOD—(4) Innisfail, Vetter (Jesse Vandalfsen), 0:23. (5) SV, Eric Demment 3 (Jeremy Mylymok, Vilnis Nikolaisons), 0:59. (6) SV, Cody Lampl 2 (Paul Baranzelli, Demment), 4:37, power play goal. (7) SV, Demment 4 (Baranzelli, Adam Swain), 5:48, power play goal. (8) SV, Lampl 3 (Mylymok, Demment), 8:53, power play goal.

SHOTS ON GOAL—Innisfail 9-8-11 for 28; Sun Valley 15-12-23 for 50.

GOALIES—Innisfail, Jordan Ramstead (45 saves); SV, Ryan Thomson (25 saves, 3-1-0 record).

OFFICIALS—Referee, Paul Fitzer; linesmen, Eric Wingard and Pat Ballou.

NOTES—Suns coach Chris Benson had to redeploy his forward lines after Cody Lampl showed up for the second period. For the most part Benson went with three forward lines as the Suns played catch-up from the second period on. The lines were Ryan Enrico-Jamie Ellison-Vilnis Nikolaisons, Cody Lampl-Paul Baranzelli-Adam Swain, Blake Jenson-Jon Duval-John Miller. The Suns had a full complement of defensemen with Eric Demment, Chris Warrington, Ivars Muzis, Josh Jacobson, Kris Webster and Jeremy Mylymok. Back-up goalie was Billy Cook...In the "Girls on the Run" raffle drawing, Mary Kay Foley of Hailey won the 48 Straight (former Honda Tour) VIP tickets and Hannah Hennessy won the Sun Valley Center Summer Concert Series tickets.....There were 90 penalty minutes issued in the third period and seven players got the gate—Cody Lampl, Trevor Thomas and Paul Baranzelli for the Suns, William Rathje, Adam Vetter, Brian Harvie and Chris Chapman for the Eagles......At the end of the game referee Paul Fitzer issued Jamie Ellison a match penalty for challenging the referee to a fight and threatening fisticuffs. In the handshake line after the game, Ellison actually went over to Fitzer ostensibly to shake his hand, but instead he gave the referee one of the paper queen crowns that "Girls on the Run" supporters and youth had been wearing around the rink all evening. Fitzer tossed the item towards the Suns bench.......The Suns were 3-for-7 on the power play tonight and 4-for-16 for the weekend. Innisfail was 0-for-6 tonight and 0-for-12 on the power play for the weekend...Weekend penalty minutes were Sun Valley 76 and Innisfail 76...Leading the Suns weekend scoring parade with 5 points was Cody Lampl....Nikolaisons (143 goals and 249 assists for 392 points) is drawing closer to the 400-point level and all-time scoring leader Bobby Noyes (408 points)...... 16th-year right wing John Miller (62-104 for 166 points) moved past 51-year-old birthday boy Patrick Kearney (165 points) into 23rd place on the all-time Suns scoring list....

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