Friday, October 30, 2009

Five wins lift Sunsets to Boise hockey title

Two other local squads in Fall Harvest tourney

High-scoring Wendy Speth tallied 10 of her team's 19 tournament goals, including two in Sunday's championship game, leading the Sun Valley Sunsets women's hockey team to the "B" Division title of the Boise Fall Harvest Classic tourney.

Lucy Chubb (2 goals, 10 assists) and jacket winner Kris "Sniper" Miller (3 goals, 4 assists) also contributed mightily to the triumph. Speth scored two goals in each of the five Sunsets wins last weekend.

The Sunsets (5-0, outscoring opponents 19-3) defeated the Boise Herricanes U-18 team 2-1 in the final. Sunsets goalie Karen Morrison finished her five games with 55 saves.

Coached by Tuck Hall and Frank Salvoni, the Sunsets defeated the Wasatch Wings from Utah 5-0, beat Boise Wildfire 3-0, handled Five Star Kitchen Design of Ketchum 4-0 and had its toughest games against Jackson Hole and Boise Herricanes.

Morrison made 18 saves while Speth and Miller pumped in two goals apiece in the 5-2 victory over Jackson Hole. Chubb had a three-assist playmaker for the winners. In the championship game, Chubb assisted both Speth goals while Morrison ended up with 17 saves.

Here are final Sunsets scoring totals for the weekend: Speth 10 goals/2 assists, Chubb 2/10; Miller 3/4; Casey Mills Kelly 3/0; Michele Hampton 0/3; Sarah Benson 1/1; Hannah Carr 0/1; and Christl Holzl 0/1. Other players were Jen Embree, Sheila Naghsh and Edith Iler.

Two other Wood River Valley women's teams, Five Star Kitchen Design and Sun Valley Twisters, also competed at Ice World. Results:

Five Star Kitchen finishes 2-2, takes Sunsets deep

Five Star Kitchen Design won two of its four games in last weekend's tournament and was proud of its effort in holding the Sun Valley Sunsets to a scoreless tie until deep in the second period of the match-up.

Coach Nicole Perkins said, "Five Star gained momentum throughout the tournament. I could not be more proud of how well the girls played, evidenced by the excitement and fun they had while playing against the SV A team in the Harvest Classic B Tournament. We can hold our heads high that the eventual champions and our own hometown A Team was the team to knock us out of contention."

Five Star defeated the Boise Wildfire 1 squad 3-1 and captured a 4-0 victory over Wildfire 1. The Ketchum squad also lost to the Jackson Hole combination A/B team by a 6-2 margin, and to the Sunsets 4-0.

Scorers were: Sara Schroeder 4 goals/2 assists, Dotty Hand-Sarchett 2/2; Laci Watkins 1/1; Annie O'Sullivan 1/1; Lacie Hernandez 1/0; and Heidi Ottley 0/1. Five Star goalie Danae Commons was busy facing 75 shots, with 64 saves.

Other key players were Jini Griffith, Mia Edsall, Jeannie Kiel and Kelley Sinnott. Sunsets players Sarah Benson and Casey Mills Kelly rounded out Five Star for Friday's match-up against Jackson Hole.

Commenting on the Five Star-Sunsets game, Perkins said, "Five Star went 0-0 with the Sunsets until deep into the second period. Five Star actually scored first (by Jini Griffith), but it did not count due to a crease violation.

"A great goal by Wendy Speth made the score 1-0 Sunsets at the end of the second period. Wendy scored again in the third and the next goal scored for the Sunsets was accidentally tipped off a Five Star stick. Casey Mills roofed the puck in the crease making the final score 4-0."

Twisters in championship game

The C level Sun Valley Twisters went 3-1 during the Fall Harvest Classic hockey tournament.

Coached by Frank Salvoni, seven lady Twisters joined up with four Boise players to form a well-balanced C team. The Twisters earned second place, losing Sunday's championship game 3-1 to the Boise Black Widows.

In their first game, the Twisters downed McCall Ospreys 4-0. Boise players scored the first three Twisters goals and Twisters' captain Tristan Ellison Gralenski put the final puck into the net, unassisted.

Another McCall team, Sharlie's Devils, was the opponent for the next two Twisters wins by 3-0 and 3-1 margins. Boise players scored most goals, but one Twister, Jennifer Schultz, fired an unassisted goal past the Devils' goalie in the first match.

Tournament MVP jacket went to goalie Linda McMahon, who only allowed four pucks in throughout the tournament, and had two shutouts.

Other Twisters players traveling to Boise from Sun Valley were Lolly Greeninger, Janet Salvoni, Becky Stokes and Tryntje Van Slyke.

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