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For the week of March 28 through April 3, 2001

Ellison shoots for 
scoring mark

Center closes in on DíAndrea

Youíve got to be good. And lucky. Sheer determination is essential. And it helps to have a couple of good linemates. Plus, itís important to stay out of the penalty box.

Well, forget that last part about Sun Valley Suns fifth-year center Jamie Ellison, who leads the Suns in penalty minutes with 88.5 and has never seen an opposing bench he is unwilling to challenge.

But all the rest is true about the tough, little fire hydrant of a skater who is poised to blow a hole in one of the teamís most coveted records.

Ellison, with two games to play this coming weekend, is ready to break Tom DíAndreaís single-season Suns scoring mark of 29 goals and 44 assists for 73 points, established in 24 games of the 1991 season.

In 23 games, Ellison has 23 goals and 44 assists for 67 points. His three assists against the Fairfield County Flying Tarpons last weekend brought Ellison into a tie with DíAndrea for most single-season assists.

Ellison can break that assists mark with one assist and pass DíAndrea with seven points against the St. Paul (Minn.) Turtles this weeekend. Not in sight is Dave Reichelís franchise record of 36 goals set in 1982.

His main co-conspirators have been wings Luke Smith and Vilnis Nikolaisons. Together they have put together some of the prettiest passing plays ever seen on Sun Valley ice.

The trio has achieved scoring highs not seen at Sun Valley since 1983, when Reichel (29-34 for 63), Bobby Noyes (22-28 for 50) and Kurt Wenzell (23-24 for 47) amassed 160 points in 32 games at the top of the Suns scoring list.

Already, in just 23 games, Ellison, Smith (43 points) and Nikolaisons (62 points) have totaled 172 points, or 41% of the teamís points.

For updated Suns season statistics, check this weekís Express website.




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