Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Suns settle score with Missoula 8-6

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Suns settle score with Missoula 8-6

Sun Valley Suns goalie Ryan Thomson sticks away a puck during Saturday’s 6-4 victory by the Missoula Cutthroats at Sun Valley Skating Center. Photo by David N. Seelig

Getting ahead and staying ahead was a goal of the Sun Valley Suns hockey team Friday in the first of a two-game home series with the Missoula Cutthroats from Montana, at Sun Valley Skating Center.

Missoula shocked the Suns last Valentine's Day with 7-6 and 8-7 overtime victories, thus becoming the first team to ever sweep the Suns in back-to-back overtime games. This time around, the Suns made certain the game didn't reach OT.

Center Jamie Ellison got the Suns off the mark by scoring two goals in the first seven minutes, then Suns center Billy Tryder broke a 5-5 tie with his first goal of the season and the Suns went on to win 8-6. Fourth-year left wing Jon Duval added two goals—his first multi-goal game for the Suns.

You can't keep a championship player down long, and Missoula's Mike Roesch showed that in Saturday's weekend finale, a benefit for Sun Valley Adaptive Sports.

A former American Collegiate Hockey Association "Player of the Year" for the 2005 national champion University of Illinois, the 26-year-old Roesch exploded for four goals in the first 11 minutes and the Cutthroats held off the rallying Suns 6-4.

Goalie Josh Skinner, the hero in last year's Cutthroat overtime sweep, was a hero again for Missoula Saturday—making 37 saves in the win.

Nevertheless the Suns improved their season record to 8-4-0 with six games left, virtually guaranteeing another winning season after last winter's 9-11-0 outcome.

The Suns are back in action Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20 against former Suns skater Ryan McDonald's University of Idaho Vandals.

Suns Hockey Summary

SUNS 8, CUTTHROATS 6

friday, FEBRUARY 12

Missoula Cutthroats 3 2 1 6

Sun Valley Suns 3 3 2 8

FIRST PERIOD—(1) SV, Jamie Ellison 5 (John Stevens), 2:28. (2) SV, Ellison 6 (Vilnis Nikolaisons, Jon Duval), 6:48. (3) Missoula, Mike Roesch (James Wiscombe), 11:55. (4) Missoula, Landon White (Sam Reichert), 13:41. (5) SV, Duval 5 (Nikolaisons, Kris Webster), 16:03. (6) Missoula, Richie Jensen (Brent Jensen, Derek Vesledahl), 16:53.

SECOND PERIOD—(7) SV, Charles Friedman 3 (Blake Jenson, Cody Proctor), 2:17. (8) Missoula, Richie Jensen (Mike Cost), 3:02. (9) SV, Duval 6 (Ellison), 4:04. (10) Missoula, Brent Jensen (Cost), 6:18. (11) SV, Billy Tryder 1 (Ryan Enrico), 18:21.

THIRD PERIOD—(12) SV, Enrico 7 (Nikolaisons), 11:19. (13) SV, Taylor Rothgeb 1 (Tryder, Josh Jacobson), 14:00. (14) Missoula, Brent Jensen (Cost), 19:44.

SHOTS ON GOAL—Missoula 10-12-15 for 37; Sun Valley 8-16-12 for 36.

GOALIES—Missoula, Josh Skinner (28 saves); Sun Valley, Ryan Thomson (31 saves, 7-3-0 record).

OFFICIALS—John Olson and Eric Wingard.

NOTES—Scoring his first goal of the season tonight was Taylor Rothgeb. Last season, he tied for second place in Suns goal scoring with 9 goals in just 14 games......Led by Josh Skinner's brilliant goaltending, the Cutthroats visited Sun Valley last Valentine's Day weekend and shocked the Suns with back-to-back overtime victories, 7-6 in the regular 5-minute session on Friday night and 8-7 in a shootout Saturday. It was the first time in the 34 years of Suns hockey that Sun Valley lost OT games on the same weekend. And the OT sweep came after the Cutthroats had been 0-4 on their previous two visits to Sun Valley, having lost games by 8-3, 4-3, 12-11 and 8-3 scores.........Suns forward lines were Jon Duval-Jamie Ellison-Vilnis Nikolaisons, Ryan Enrico-Billy Tryder-Taylor Rothgeb, Blake Jenson/Matt Ward-Charles Friedman-Cody Proctor. The defensemen were John Stevens, Josh Jacobson, Ivars Muzis, Kris Webster and Zak Greenawalt. Back-up goalie was Mat Gershater......Tonight's pivotal goal was Billy Tryder's first goal of the season, coming with less than two minutes left in the second period of a 5-5 tie game. Ryan Enrico brought the puck into the Cutthroats zone and Tryder buried a slapshot, with Taylor Rothgeb jamming in front of Missoula goalie Skinner.

CUTTHROATS 6, suns 4

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Missoula Cutthroats 4 1 1 6

Sun Valley Suns 0 1 3 4

FIRST PERIOD—(1) Missoula, Mike Roesch (James Wiscombe), 5:22. (2) Missoula, Roesch (Dustin Thompson, Cullen O'Brien), 5:50. (3) Missoula, Roesch (Derek Vesledahl), 10:40, power play goal. (4) Missoula, Roesch (Wiscombe, Vesledahl), 10:57.

SECOND PERIOD—(5) Missoula, Landon White (Seth Romocki), 9:54, power play goal. (6) SV, John Stevens 4 (Charles Friedman, Blake Jenson), 12:22.

THIRD PERIOD—(7) SV, Jamie Ellison 7 (Vilnis Nikolaisons, Jon Duval), 6:02. (8) Missoula, Richie Jensen (unassisted), 10:45. (9) SV, Ryan Enrico 8 (Ellison, Billy Tryder), 12:27, power play goal. (10) SV, Tryder 2 (Stevens, Duval), 15:35, power play goal.

SHOTS ON GOAL—Missoula 10-11-8 for 29; Sun Valley 15-12-14 for 41.

GOALIES—Missoula, Josh Skinner (37 saves); Sun Valley, Ryan Thomson (23 saves, 7-4-0 record).

OFFICIALS—John Olson and Pat Ballou.

NOTES—Missoula used three forward lines. They were Dustin Thompson-James Wiscombe-Mike Roesch, Sam Riechert-Landon White-Seth Romocki, Brent Jensen-Richie Jensen-Mike Cost.......After being held to a single goal Friday night, Missoula's 5-8, 190-pound forward Mike Roesch broke free in the first period, scoring 2 goals on back-to-back shifts in the first half of the first period. Hailing from Northbrook, Ill. near St. Louis, the 26-year-old Roesch was a star forward from 2002-06 for the University of Illinois hockey club in the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Roesch was the ACHA's "Player of the Year" as a junior in 2005 when he led Illinois to the ACHA national championship. In 132 games over four years the left-shooter scored 88 goals and 104 assists for 192 points including an amazing 38 goals and 37 assists in 36 games during the 2005 national title season. In his senior year Roesch had 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points as Illinois lost in the ACHA national tournament semi-final to Penn State 1-0, and the University of Rhode Island went on to beat Penn State 3-1 for the 2006 national championship. In last February's Cutthroats sweep, Roesch had the hat trick and the OT power play game-winning goal in the 7-6 Friday night overtime victory......Weekend scoring leaders for the Suns were Jamie Ellison (3 goals, 2 assists) and Jon Duval (2 goals, 3 assists). The Ellison forward line accounted for 14 of the 32 Suns points.....John Stevens (112 goals, 184 assists for 296 points) is closing in on 300 career points.....12th-year center Billy Tryder (115-148 for 263) has tied Jimmy "Beets" Johnson (93-170 for 263) for ninth place on the all-time Suns scoring list......With his assist tonight, Vilnis Nikolaisons reached 450 career Suns points. The 12th-year right wing and Suns captain now has 281 assists, 14 behind all-time assists leader Glenn Hunter (295), who played for 18 years.

2009-10 Sun Valley Suns

(8-4-0 overall: 8-4-0 home)

PLAYER GAMES GOALS AST. PTS. PMIN

Vilnis Nikolaisons 12 10 16 26 4.0

Jamie Ellison 11 7 12 19 10.0

Jon Duval 12 6 12 18 4.0

Blake Jenson 12 5 11 16 4.0

Cody Proctor 12 5 10 15 4.0

Ryan Enrico 9 8 5 13 4.0

Eric Demment 7 5 5 10 18.0

Charles Friedman 9 3 5 8 0.0

Jordan Pritchett 2 4 3 7 2.0

John Stevens 7 4 3 7 0.0

Jeremy Mylymok 4 3 4 7 7.0

Billy Tryder 6 2 4 6 0.0

Josh Jacobson 11 1 5 6 10.0

Taylor Rothgeb 12 1 5 6 0.0

Trevor Thomas 10 1 4 5 10.0

Ivars Muzis 11 2 2 4 10.0

Ryan McDonald 2 1 3 4 0.0

Matt Ward 7 3 0 3 2.0

Chris Warrington 4 2 1 3 0.0

Sinjin Thomas 3 1 1 2 2.0

John Miller 2 1 1 2 4.0

Bryan Winkler 1 1 0 1 0.0

Bobby Sloper 5 1 0 1 0.0

Noah Loyd 9 0 1 1 0.0

Colby Stoecklein 1 0 1 1 0.0

Zak Greenawalt 10 0 0 0 6.0

Ryan Thomson 11 0 0 0 0.0

Blake King 1 0 0 0 7.0

Cooper Miller 10 0 0 0 2.0

Danny Ward 2 0 0 0 0.0

Tony Benson 1 0 0 0 0.0

GOALTENDER GAMES GOALS W-L AVG.

Ryan Thomson 10.5 53 7-4-0 4.77

Colby Stoecklein 1 2 1-0-0 2.00

Tony Benson 0.5 5 0-0-0 10.00

Shots—Thomson 421, Stoecklein 29, Benson 23. Saves—Thomson 367, Stoecklein 27, Benson 18. Shootout saves—Thomson 2. Shootout goals allowed—Thomson 1. Shutouts—Ryan Thomson 1. Empty net goals—0.

SCORE BY PERIODS 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOT

Opposition 27 20 12 2 61, 5.1

Sun Valley 21 28 27 1 77, 6.4

INDIVIDUAL MARKS

Two-goal games (9)—Eric Demment 2, Jamie Ellison 2, Cody Proctor 1, Vilnis Nikolaisons 1, Jon Duval 1, Vilnis Nikolaisons 1, Jeremy Mylymok 1.

Three-goal hat tricks (or more)—Vilnis Nikolaisons 1, Jordan Pritchett 1.

Game-winning goals (1)—Vilnis Nikolaisons 1.

Power play goals (8-21, 38%)—Vilnis Nikolaisons 2, Ryan Enrico 1, Billy Tryder 1, Jeremy Mylymok 1, Charles Friedman 1, Chris Warrington 1, Jordan Pritchett 1.

Power play goals (opposition): 8-33, (24%).

Suns shorthanded goals (2)—Vilnis Nikolaisons 2.

Shorthanded goals (opposition): 0.

Season penalty minutes: SV 112, opponents 80.

GAME RESULTS

Total record: 8-4-0

Record in 1-goal games: 1-2-0

Record in overtime: 1-2-0

Games scoring 9 or more goals: 1

Games scoring 7 or more goals: 6

December 11 (H) Park City Pioneers 8, Sun Valley 7 (OT)

December 12 (H) Sun Valley 8, Park City Pioneers 5

January 1 (H) McCall Mountaineers 7, Sun Valley 6 (OT shootout)

January 2 (H) Sun Valley 7, McCall Mountaineers 2

January 8 (H) Sun Valley 5, Cache Valley Trappers 0

January 9 (H) Sun Valley 4, Cache Valley Trappers 2

January 15 (H) Sun Valley 6, Vancouver Moto Ice 4

January 16 (H) Sun Valley 9, Vancouver Moto Ice 4

January 22 (H) Sun Valley 7, East Coast Gutter Snipes 6 (OT)

January 23 (H) East Coast Gutter Snipes 11, Sun Valley 6

February 12 (H) Sun Valley 8, Missoula Cutthroats 6

February 13 (H) Missoula Cutthroats 6, Sun Valley 4




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