Friday, November 4, 2011

High school hockey drops puck in Boise

Sun Valley debuts in first tourney

The Sun Valley boys' high school hockey team coached by Chris Benson debuted its 2011-12 tournament season Oct. 28-30 by going 1-2-1 and scoring 11 goals during the Boise High School tourney at Ice World.

All of Sun Valley's four games were closely contested. Goalkeeper Willis Sanchez-duPont (66 saves) was a big factor in the team' success.

Bonneville/Hillcrest of Idaho Falls slipped home three goals in the third period to beat Sun Valley 4-2 Friday night. On Saturday morning, the young Suns downed Skyline of Idaho Falls 5-1. Borah/Capital of Boise nipped Sun Valley 4-3 later Saturday. Sunday, Skyline and Sun Valley skated to a 1-1 tie in the 5-6 seed game.

Assistant captain Mason Noyes and Eli Conrad each had three goals and contributed three assists for the weekend. Other scorers were captain Tom Crosby (3 goals/1 assist), assistant captain Liam Jablonski (2/1), Erik Wilander (0/2), Riley Sibbach (0/1) and Cameron Jenner (0/1).

Other players were Drew Barsch and Hagan Barsch on defense along with forwards Rickie Jeneson and Sam Ruddell.

In the Bonneville/Hillcrest game, Noyes scored twice late in the third period after Sun Valley fell behind 4-0 after a three-goal Idaho Falls assault beginning the third stanza. Sibbach assisted on one Noyes goal. Sanchez-duPont stopped 17 of 21 shots.

Conrad opened the scoring against Skyline on Saturday, assisted by Crosby. Jablonski's first of two goals, unassisted, made it 2-0 and Skyline narrowed its deficit to 2-1 after one.

Conrad fed Jablonski toward the end of the second for a 3-1 lead. Sun Valley added insurance goals in the third period by Crosby (Conrad, Jenner) and Noyes (Wilander). Sanchez-duPont stopped 15 of 16 shots.

Saturday's Borah-Sun Valley game could have gone either way. Shots were even (23 SV, 20 Boise) and the scores reflected it—1-1 after one and 2-2 after two. The eventual winner came on a Borah power play for a 4-2 lead. Crosby's second goal of the game made the final 4-3. Conrad also scored. Credited with assists were Noyes (2), Wilander and Conrad.

Although Sun Valley out-shot Skyline 23-11 in Sunday's game, Skyline's goalie constantly frustrated the resort skaters. It was scoreless until the third period, when Conrad threw a shot on net from the near-sideboards that caught the Skyline goalie off guard. Assists went to Noyes and Jablonski. Later, Skyline equalized with a power-play tally.

Sanchez-duPont made 19 saves against Borah and 15 against Skyline.

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