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For the week of January 17 through January 23, 2001

Fury is golden at Utah Winter Games

Four hockey wins for Sun Valley women

The Sun Valley Fury womenís hockey team mined gold at the Utah Winter Games last weekend, going 4-0 to capture the B bracket banner.

With two shutouts from goalie Joni Whitcomb-Fox (46 saves) and seven goals by tourney MVP Nicole Perkins, the Fury (6-3-1) served notice theyíve come of age.

"Every player on the team contributed whether they made the stat sheet or not," coach Johnny Ellison said. "They played excellent hockey."

Ellison reserved special praise for star center Perkins and goalie Whitcomb-Fox.

He said, "Nicole and Joni stood head and shoulders above the rest. Joni kept the goals out of our net. Nicole put the puck in their net. It took both those things to make it happen."

It was rookie Dotty Sarchett who scored the Furyís first goal of the 15th annual tournament.

Sarchett deflected a shot by Perkins to go up on the Boise Bombshells 1-0 in the first. Perkins, who was Player of the Game, netted a breakaway in the second and Foxís seven saves held up in a 2-0 victory.

In the second match, Fury peppered Salt Lake Black Diamonds II with 27 shots and converted four in a 4-0 shutout.

Jeannie Kiel, Nancy Parsons-Brown and Perkins (2) lit the light. Assists were provided by Parsons-Brown, Kiel, Cinda Lewis, Whitney Ellison and Mia Edsall.

Earning Player of the Game was Fury wing Cinda Lewis.

In the Furyís third game against Wasatch, Perkins (POG) reeled off a natural hat trick to clip the Wings 3-1. Lewis had two of the feeds and Parsons-Brown one.

The outcome sent Sun Valley into the final against the Bombshells, an opponent the Fury is quite familiar with.

Ellison said, "Itís always a very equal game against Boise. Sometimes they win. Sometimes we do. Itís always tough."

A defensive battle raged for the first two frames and neither team could find twine.

With six minutes left in the third, blueliner Jen Copeland stepped up from the point to convert a Whitney Ellison pass and crack open the deadlock.

Only a minute remained when Boise got loose in its offensive zone and tied it 1-1, sending the exciting game into sudden-death overtime.

A minute and a half into OT, Perkins skated through two defenders and beat the goalie 1-v-1 for the game- and tournament- clinching goal.

"Rather than getting down on themselves for letting in a late goal, the girls got very determined and very aggressive," Ellison said. "Joni made two key stops to keep Boise from getting any momentum and Nicole just took matters into her own hands."

Copeland and Perkins shared Player of the Game. Nancy Parsons-Brown joined them in tourney MVP honors.

Rounding out the roster were Jen Seiller, Lolly Greeninger and Cathy Butterfield.

The Fury will take on the Boise Hurricanes for a two-game set at the Bank of America Centre this weekend.


Sunsets play shorthanded

The Furyís sister-team the Sunsets had what captain Wendy Hall called a "frustrating weekend," in Utah.

"We just couldnít finish it off," Hall said. "We dominated both games we lost."

Sun Valley finished with a 1-2 record in the four-team A bracket, grabbing bronze behind Boise and Salt Lake.

Skating with only nine players, including goalie Karen Morrison, Sun Valley opened with a 1-0 loss to Boise Blades.

Coach John Miller moved hot-scoring duo Hall and Lucy Chubb up to forward in the second game against the Salt Lake Black Diamonds I and the strategy paid off.

Hall converted a Kris Miller pass on the opening shift.

It turned into a physical contest. Salt Lake tied it 1-1 and scored twice more for a 3-1 lead.

Chubb slotted a pass from Hall to 3-2 in the second, but Sun Valley was snakebit in the third. Sheila Naghsh rang the post and Larsen Petersonís wraparound was just barely brushed off by the goalie.

Salt Lake held on to win 3-2.

"It was a bummer," Miller said. "We lost two critical games that knocked us out of contention. The other teams were hungry to beat us because we have been beating up on them the last two years."

The Sunsets were the windshield and Provo the bug in the finale, a 7-1 Sun Valley victory.

Jini Griffith scored a hat trick. Miller, Christl Holzl, Naghsh and Georgia Hutchinson added goals. Team MVP Edith Iler had 2 assists, Peterson 3, Hutchinson 2 and Hall 1.





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