With their three-goal lead trimmed to one at 4-3, the Sun Valley Suns senior men's ice hockey team got physical starting the third period of Friday's season-opening home game against the visiting McCall Mountaineers on resort ice.
The Suns started vigorously forechecking, taking the body and freeing up pucks. The home team scored three unanswered goals in the first nine minutes of the third period and waltzed to an 8-4 victory at Sun Valley Skating Center.
Shorthanded goals by second-year wing Chad Levitan and veteran defenseman Eric Demment gave the Suns (1-0) a 6-3 lead during a third period in which coach John Burke's Sun Valley skaters outshot a young McCall squad 23-5.
Over 60 minutes the Suns out-shot McCall 64-29.
Demment, Levitan and assistant captain Ryan Enrico each scored twice for the Suns. The forward line of left wing Enrico, center Jon Duval and right wing Bryan O'Connell accounted for eight of the 20 Sun Valley points. Goalie Ryan Thomson (25 saves) had another solid outing in the net.
Perhaps the prettiest goal, making the score 7-3, was a two-on-one with O'Connell feeding Duval for the goal.
Saturday's scheduled rematch with the Mountaineers was also a benefit for Camp Rainbow Gold but it was canceled due to a Sun Valley citywide power outage that occurred 10 minutes before the warm-ups were due to start.
Despite losing Saturday's gate receipts, Suns co-general manager Cody Proctor said the Suns Foundation Inc. would honor its commitment to donate funds from the scheduled two-game hockey weekend to Camp Rainbow Gold.
Making up a good portion of the McCall team Friday were members of the Boise State University club team that currently has a 7-10-0 record in American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 2 action. That team's No. 1 goalie is 6-0, 220-pound Dan Beaudreau, a junior from Meridian.
Beaudreau had an outstanding game in the net for McCall Friday, facing 64 shots and making 56 saves.
The next Suns game is the annual Christmas holiday Suns-Future Suns exhibition that raises funds for the Brett Sammis Scholarship Fund and Sun Valley Junior Hockey. It is Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. at Sun Valley Skating Center.
Suns Hockey Summary
Suns 8, MOUNTAINEERS 4
Friday, DECEMBER 16
McCall Mountaineers 1 2 1 4
Sun Valley Suns 3 1 4 8
FIRST PERIOD—(1) SV, Chad Levitan 1 (Ivars Muzis, Blake Jenson), 1:18. (2) McCall, TJ Stanton (unassisted), 5:25, power play goal. (3) SV, Ryan Enrico 1 (Eric Demment, Muzis), 19:30. (4) SV, Demment 1 (Jenson, Scott Winkler), 19:59.
SECOND PERIOD—(5) SV, Enrico 2 (Zak Greenawalt, Jon Duval), 12:00. (6) McCall, Dalton Smith (Matt Nukaya-Heady), 14:45. (7) McCall, Smith (Josh Shember), 18:06.
THIRD PERIOD—(8) SV, Levitan 2 (unassisted), 1:00, shorthanded goal. (9) SV, Demment 2 (unassisted), 8:03, shorthanded goal. (10) SV, Duval 1 (Bryan O'Connell, Blake King), 9:27. (11) McCall, Shember (Cameron Smith), 10:09. (12) SV, O'Connell 1 (Enrico, Duval), 12:48.
SHOTS ON GOAL—McCall Mountaineers 11-13-5 for 29; Sun Valley 20-21-23 for 64.
GOALIES—McCall Mountaineers, Dan Beaudreau (56 saves); Sun Valley, Ryan Thomson (25 saves, 1-0-0 record).
OFFICIALS—Dave Patrie and John Heinrich.
NOTES—Suns forward lines were Ryan Enrico-Jon Duval-Bryan O'Connell, Blake King-Scott Winkler-Chad Levitan, Taylor Rothgeb-Charles Friedman-John Miller. The defensemen were Ivars Muzis, Eric Demment, Zak Greenawalt, Trevor Thomas, Bryan Winkler and Blake King....Wearing the assistant captain jerseys tonight were Ryan Enrico and goalie Ryan Thomson......Many of the McCall players were members of the Boise State University club hockey team that plays its games in the American College Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 2. The team's coach is Cal Ingraham, the former McCall Mountaineer star who is enshrined in the Idaho Steelheads Hall of Fame. On the current BSU roster is Zak Sjoberg, a 5-9, 170-pound freshman defenseman from Bellevue who played junior hockey in Sun Valley.