For the week of March 17, 1999  thru March 23, 1999  

A winning weekend for Sunsets, Fury

Two women’s teams capture hockey titles

m17sunsetshockey.jpg (11838 bytes)Sun Valley Sunsets "A" Flight champions. Front, from left, Georgia Hutchinson, Bege Reynolds, Larsen Peterson, Lucy Chubb, Dotty Sarchett, Christl Holzl, Lia Johnson and Wendy Hall. Back, from left, coach Andrew Hebert, Twyla Bulcher, Tizz Strachan, Jenny Conrad, Sarah Benson, Edith Iler, Christine Gould, Dino Carter, Kris Miller, Julie Bell, Gretel Kearney, Cici Enge and Sheila Naghsh. Express photo by Willy Cook.

It was a great weekend of women’s ice hockey and a satisfying ending for the Sun Valley Sunsets and Sun Valley Fury sextets during the third annual Ski Town Shootout March 12-14 on resort ice.

Goals by Most Valuable Player Cici Enge, Wendy Hall and Twyla Bulcher supported the shutout goaltending of Dotty Sarchett, lifting the Sunsets to a 3-0 win over Idaho Falls Silver Bullets in Sunday’s "A" Flight championship.

Sun Valley killed off six Silver Bullets power plays and applied tremendous pressure with its forechecking line of Dino Carter, Enge and Larsen Peterson, and its scoring trio of Lucy Chubb, Hall and Bege Reynolds (22 of 46 points).

The Sunsets outshot the Bullets 43-11 and avenged the 5-3 Sunsets loss to Idaho Falls Friday—the only Sunsets’ setback in three years of the Sun Valley women’s tournament. The outcome reinforced the Sunsets’ 189-51 shooting dominance in their five games.

While Enge’s first-period score when the title game was just six minutes old turned into the game-winning goal, the Sun Valley Fury waited until a thrilling overtime shootout before dispatching the Boise Inversion 5-4 in the "B" Flight.

Boise, a 1-0 winner over the Fury in Friday’s preliminary game, stormed back from a 3-1 deficit for a 3-3 tie on Kari Fouts’ hat-trick goal with 1:34 left in the third period.

Then, after a scoreless five-minute overtime period, the decision went to a five-player shootout. Boise led 1-0, but Gini Griffith and Cinda Lewis made back-to-back shots and Fury goalie Karen Morrison made 4 huge saves. It was a hat trick for Lewis (7 points weekend), who had given the Fury an early 2-0 lead.

Nine teams from Idaho, Utah, Montana and Colorado enjoyed 18 games over three days. Much credit for the well-organized tournament went to the committee of Kris Miller, Christl Holzl, Sheila Naghsh and Nicole Perkins.

The Sunsets path to victory

Idaho Falls shocked the Sunsets by scoring 3 goals in the first 11 minutes of Friday’s opener. The Bullets then broke a 3-3 tie with a pair of third-period goals for a 5-3 triumph.

Silver Bullets goalie Amy Kingston made 25 big saves. Chubb scored 2 Sunsets goals.

The Sunsets started their long road back Saturday with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Steamboat Springs Chix with Stix. Goalie Jenny Conrad made 10 saves for the shutout. Reynolds and Hall scored third-period goals, assists credited to Chubb on both.

Next, the Sunsets recorded relatively easy 7-1 and 6-0 triumphs over the Missoula (Mt.) Wham and Salt Lake City Black Diamonds. In those two games, the Sunsets outshot their opponents 95-11.

Against Missoula, Reynolds scored 2 goals, Chubb 1, Carter 1, Kris Miller 1, Enge 1 and Julie Bell 1. Scorers in the 6-0 win over the Utah Black Diamonds were Enge 2, Hall (8 weekend points), Chubb (9 points), Georgia Hutchinson and Edith Iler.

The goal-differential tiebreaker came into play when Steamboat’s Stix with Chix dismantled Idaho Falls 3-0 early Sunday. It left the Sunsets, Bullets and Chix tied with 7 points apiece for their three preliminary contests—with only two berths available for the title game.

Idaho Falls and Sun Valley had the best goals-differential, causing the Chix to raise a ruckus because the Colorado sextet never got to play Missoula. The Wham lost all three of its games and were outscored 18-1.

But the championship game between Idaho Falls and Sun Valley turned out to be a good match—after Sunsets wing Christl Holzl sang a beautiful National Anthem.

The Silver Bullets had their chances with six power-play opportunities, but Sun Valley’s defense was too good.

Defensemen forming a sturdy shield for goalies Sarchett and Conrad all weekend included Sarah Benson, Iler, Lia Johnson, Gretel Kearney and Christine Gould.

Only six minutes into the game, Enge pursued her own faceoff and stuck the puck between the legs of Bullets goalie Kingston (40 saves) for a 1-0 Sunsets lead. The Bullets nearly tied it late in the first period, but Sunsets goalie Sarchett (11 saves) got some help from the post.

Kingston stopped Hall’s breakaway late in the second. But the hard-working Silver Bullets goalie couldn’t handle Hall’s slapshot that ricocheted off her shoulder into the net on a Sunsets two-on-one three minutes into the third stanza.

Bulcher provided the third and final goal on a pretty, tough-angled slapshot late in the game.

Fury makes it exciting

The Fury likewise started the three-day tournament with a loss and battled back to ultimate victory.

Jamie Graham’s goal for Boise Inversion beat the Fury 1-0 Friday night, then the Fury had to win twice Saturday for a rematch against unbeaten Boise in the title contest.

Goals by Cinda Lewis, Gini Griffith, Cathy Butterfield and captain Nicole Perkins lifted Fury over Wasatch Wings 4-1. Later Saturday, Fury outshot Salt Lake City 36-4 and prevailed 5-0. Carole Punnett scored 2 goals, Jenny Gatehouse 1, Griffith 1 and Perkins 1. Lewis had 3 assists against Utah.

In the championship game, the Fury led 2-0 and 3-1, but the Inversion battled back for a 3-3 tie. Sun Valley killed off a penalty in the five-minute overtime, then almost won it on a Jody Zarkos-Punnett-Gatehouse end-to-end passing hookup with 10 seconds remaining.

Goalie Morrison (18 saves) was on the spot first in the shootout.

She made a fine diving save on Boise’s hat-trick scorer Kari Fouts. Boise’s Alyssa Faaborg scored the first goal, then Sun Valley’s Griffith and Lewis made their shots—Lewis deking goalie Judy Conrad (15 saves) with a nice move and backhanding home the eventual winner. Then Morrison made two more saves for the OT victory.


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