Friday, February 28, 2014

Auto Club/Grumpy’s upsets Lefty’s 4-1

Will meet Yoga in Gund Cup final

     They won only four of the 12 games during the regular season, but skaters from defending Gund Cup tournament champion Sun Valley Auto Club/Grumpy’s picked a perfect time to win their fifth game Tuesday.

     SV Auto Club/Grumpy’s (5-8-0) snapped a six-game losing skid with a 4-1 upset over top-seeded Lefty’s Bar & Grill (7-6-0) in a semi-final game of the Gund Cup Senior “A” League tourney at Sun Valley Skating Center.

     Auto Club will meet Yoga College of India (7-6-0) in the championship game Tuesday, March 4. Yoga College ended the Morgan’s Fine Finishes (7-6-0) season with a 4-2 triumph in Tuesday’s other semi-final.

     Dave Stone, Sun Valley Auto Club goalie, was on fire making 44 saves on 45 Lefty’s shots. Stone said afterward, “I have never been this tired after a game,” adding it seemed like the puck was in his team’s defensive end all night. Grumpy’s ended up with 25 shots on goal.

     Derek Grimes scored twice to put the G-Men on top 2-0. Then Blake King and Bobby Sloper converted for Lefty’s making the score 2-1.

     Frank Salvoni pushed the Auto Club advantage to 3-1 and Vilnis Nikolaisons added an empty netter for the winners, but not before Grumpy’s killed off a 5-on-3 for a 1:50. The two-man advantage occurred with four minutes left. Lefty’s had a goal disallowed for having man in the crease.

     Credited with assists were Dave Hennessy (2), Salvoni, Tyler Davis Jeffers and Kevin Bullock.

     In the night’s first game, Yoga’s Kai Steiner and Pete Whitehead scored on the first two shifts. Eric Demment cut the advantage to one with a goal in the first period for Morgan’s. Demment knotted the score 2-2 in the third.

     Zac Crist picked off a clearing pass and pocketed the eventual game-winning goal, with Brad Dredge chipping in with an empty netter for the 4-2 final. Tate Mills assisted, and Peter Atkinson had an assist for Morgan’s.

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