New Englander Bobby Farrelly wasn’t at the Academy Awards Sunday night. The director was in Australia promoting his new comedy film “HallPass.” But Ketchum resident Farrelly plans to be at Sun ValleySkatingCenter 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 a real 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 mark for season wins in the final series of the 2010-11 winter season.
The two teams have split the 10 games played, the Suns scoring 64 goals and the Snipes 65. There have been four overtime games, each team winning twice. Last year, the Suns won 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. Opening faceoffs are 7 p.m. each night, admission $8.