Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Vanilla Ice

The senior on the Sun Valley Midget team, from left, Latner Straley, Niels McMahon, Crockett Stearns, Jimmy Hague, Teagan Foster, Zac Sjoberg, Craig Watson and Jackson Bates. Not pictured is Morgan Pike. Photo by Willy Cook.

The Boise Steelheads U-18 and U-16 AA teams paid a visit to their Sun Valley counterparts over the weekend and headed home with three wins in their back pocket.

The Suns U-18 Midget squad skated to a shocking victory Saturday, bouncing back from an 11-0 loss to win the second contest 3-2.

Coach Chris Benson said the score in the first game did not accurately reflect the action on the ice.

"It wasn't necessarily an 11-0 game. Our guys were taking it to them. Our forecheck was solid and we were creating opportunities. We just didn't hit the net," he remarked. The Suns launched 17 shots, but were stymied by goalie Will Gagnon.

In the nightcap, Sun Valley tightened up coverage in its own zone and hit the net in Boise's, scoring the first goal of the game. Jimmy Hague converted off a pass from Latner Straley and Niels McMahon. Boise equalized late in the first to make it a 1-1 game.

Tommy Heinrich (Craig Watson) tallied the go-ahead goal midway through the second period, and Tony Martin (Charlie Evans/Tom Crosby) stuffed the insurance shot late in the third to offset a late score by Boise with 2:31 remaining.

"The guys showed a lot of character," Benson said. "They didn't roll over and say we can't beat these guys. It was good to see. Teagan (Foster) had a better game in net, too."

Foster made 16 saves on 18 shots. Sun Valley outshot the Steelheads by four, 22-18.

The Suns' Midget B team skated to losses of 8-0 and 6-0.

"The boys kept working and didn't give up. The left it on the ice," Benson said.

The Suns return to competition with their home tournament, Dec. 11-13.


The Sun Valley Bantams will make their season debut at the Bruin Blastoff in Missoula, Mont., this weekend. Combining with players from Salmon, the Suns play Tri Cities at 4:15 p.m. Friday, followed by games against Coeur d'Alene (7 a.m.) and Bozeman (3:45 p.m.) on Saturday. Tournament finals are on Sunday.

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