Friday, January 24, 2014

Lights, pucks and outdoor hockey action!

Pond Classic provides a classic ending

Saturday’s “B Division” cham-pion called “Team Whiskeys,” poses at Christina Potters Ice Rink. From left, they are Bobby Farrelly, Ki Steiner, Billy Cook, Dave Klemer, Bryan O’Connell and Mark Belanger.
Express photo by Willy Cook

    Leave it to committed pond hockey players!
    They played to the absolute end, which in the case of the seventh annual Idaho Pond Hockey Classic Jan. 18-19 meant a championship game shootout finished with the lighting assistance of the At-kinson Park plow truck last Saturday evening about 7 p.m.
    Christina Potters Ice Rink in Ketchum was the setting for last weekend’s two-day meet blessed with sunny and mild weather that attracted a record 21 teams for Saturday’s “B Di-vision” competition.
    Teams from Boise, Washing-ton State and Boston clashed in friendly competition for the coveted “Golden Shovel” prize.
    Capturing the “B Division” 3-2 in Saturday’s shootout un-der improvised lighting was “Team Whiskeys” with Dave Klemer, Bobby Farrelly, Billy Cook, Ki Steiner, Mark Belan-ger and Bryan O’Connell. Whiskeys edged “Team USA” with Hannah Carr, Aley Ra-doslovich, Anders Pedersen, Jen Embree, Brenda Moczygemba and Doug Yeates.
    “Team Farva” claimed Sun-day’s six-team “A Division” with Spencer Brendel, Sinjin Thomas, Max Kwok, Danny Ward, John Sibbach, Matt Ward and Joey Sides. They won 7-5 over “Franks Skates and Gloves” featuring Charles Friedman, Brad Stansberry, Dave Hennessy, Rian Tim-mons, Frank Salvoni and Doug Yeates.
    Sponsors were City of Ketchum, Sun Valley Brewery, Blaine County Recreation Dis-trict, Atkinsons’ Market, Falls Brand Meats, Monge Construc-tion (building the goals) and Play Hard Give Back. Organ-izer John Kearney said there were around 165 participants and 500-plus spectators.
    Check the Feb. 5 Local Life for more team photos.

Girls’ hockey tourney
    While the outdoor hockey tournament was happening, the Sun Valley Youth Hockey U-14 girls were playing indoors last weekend in a tournament at Sun Valley Skating Center. Sun Valley’s U-14 entry fin-ished second, falling 4-3 to Team Wyoming in Sunday’s final game.
    Sun Valley defeated Salmon 7-0 and McCall 3-0, while also losing 4-1 to Team Wyoming at the weekend meet.
    Goals/assists totals for Sun Valley were: Morgan Benson 4/0; Daisy Buxton 0/3; Taylor Hebert 1/1; Kasey Johnson 1/0; Megan Johnston 2/2; Audra Mary 1/1; Sophie Nasvik 1/0; Sydney Roberts 3/0; Denali Stevens 0/2; and Anik Zarkos 1/2. Goalie was Evi Johnson (68 saves).
    Game pucks went to Abigail Benson, Sydney Roberts, Scout Hutchinson and Evi Johnson.

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