Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Suns, Snipes meet again to finish hockey season

Farrelly back from Australia with team

New Englander Bobby Farrelly wasn't at the Academy Awards Sunday night. The director was in Australia promoting his new comedy film "Hall Pass." But Ketchum resident Farrelly plans to be at Sun Valley Skating Center Friday.

There, Farrelly, 52, will lead another of his hand-picked Boston Gutter Snipes men's hockey All-Star teams onto resort ice for the sixth renewal of the Gutter Snipes weekend series with the Sun Valley Suns men. And, if past clashes are any indication, the two-game series should be an Oscar winner.

In each of the past three years, the Suns-Snipes series has ended the Suns winter season of games. And this weekend is no exception. The Suns (9-5-0) haven't played since Feb. 12 but they'll be looking to break the double-digit win mark as the season wraps up.

The two teams have split the 10 games played, the Suns scoring 64 goals and the Snipes 65. There have been four overtime contests, each team winning twice. Last year, the Suns took the Friday night game 7-6 in overtime and the Snipes prevailed 11-6 Saturday behind goalie Farrelly's 41 saves.

Farrelly's Snipes rosters are always good for a few little surprises, although 27-year pro Igor "The Professor" Larionov isn't expected to return. Formidable players due include ex-NHLer Jeff Norton, Flin Flon's Reid Simpson, Dartmouth's Billy Kelleher and Boston University's Scott Shaunessy.

Saturday's benefit game is for the Wood River Baseball and Softball Association.

Yoga, Grumpy's clash in Gund Cup final

The top two franchises in the Senior Hockey League for the past five years squared off Tuesday night in the final game of the 30th annual Senior Hockey League Gund Cup playoffs, at Sun Valley Skating Center.

Second-seeded Yoga College of India (7-6), last year's champion and the 2006-07 winner, faced off against top-seeded Grumpy's/SV Auto Club (9-3-1), the back-to-back league tournament winner in 2008-09.

Two semi-final games last week determined the finalist teams in the playoffs named for George and Theo Gund, longtime hockey boosters.

Grumpy's/SV Auto Club handled #4-seeded (4-8-1) by a 4-1 score last Tuesday. Charles Friedman and Frank Salvoni scored for the winners in the first and second periods. John McGuone and Pete Prekeges (empty net) added goals in the third. Ryan Enrico scored for

Goalie Cody Levitan earned the win, filling in for SV Auto Club's goalie David Stone (groin pull).

Thursday night, Levitan was the winning goalie again, this time for Yoga College in its closely played 2-1 victory over #3-seeded Morgan's Fine Finishes (5-8). Noah Loyd gave Yoga a 1-0 lead, but Dale Johnson equalized for Morgan's. Zac Crist slotted the back-door game winner for Yoga.

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