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Hockey Summary

Suns 6, Bucks 5 (OT)

Bucks Furniture 2 0 3 0 5
Sun Valley Suns 2 2 1 1 6

FIRST PERIOD—(1) Bucks, Steve Wendorf (Rob McClellan, Curt Wright), 2:36. (2) Bucks, Jeff Saterdalen (unassisted), 10:35. (3) SV, Kit Hughes 2 (Jamie Ellison, Vilnis Nikolaisons), 11:33. (4) SV, Paul Baranzelli 4 (Tom Forti), 15:35.

SECOND PERIOD—(5) SV, Kris Webster 2 (Joe Lawson), 15:23, shorthanded goal. (6) SV, Baranzelli 5 (Ivars Muzis, Ellison), 17:06, power play goal.

THIRD PERIOD—(7) SV, Baranzelli 6 (Ellison, Nikolaisons), 0:26, hat trick goal. (8) Bucks, Adam Schlatter (unassisted), 1:57. (9) Bucks, Saterdalen (Schlatter), 3:24, power play goal. (10) Bucks, Schlatter (unassisted), 16:37.

OVERTIME (5 minutes)—(11) SV, Ellison 10 (Nikolaisons), 3:57, game-winning goal.

SHOTS ON GOAL—for Bucks Unpainted Furniture 12-10-16-2 for 40; for Sun Valley 14-13-9-3 for 39.

GOALIES—Bucks Furniture, Gary Thron (33 saves); SV, James Moskos (35 saves, 6-0-0 season record) and Matt Gershater (final 9 seconds).

OFFICIALS—Referee, Bobby Noyes; linesmen, Curt Martin and Scott Sivulich.

NOTES—With their second OT win this season, the Suns improved their 27-season OT record to 21-19-19. Ellison tallied his first Suns OT game-winner….Baranzelli’s hat trick goal demonstrated the kind of persistence that wins a #1 star. Ellison won a faceoff in the Bucks zone and Baranzelli blasted a slapshot that was blocked by a Bucks stick. Baranzelli, a cousin of Suns Hall of Famer John Finnegan, pursued the puck and delivered a quick wrist shot that beat Thron….The Suns went mostly with three forward lines and three pairs of defensemen. The lines were Vilnis Nikolaisons-Jamie Ellison-Ben Stauffer, Chas Riopel-Joe Lawson-John Stevens, Chris Benson/Scott Winkler-Tom Forti-John Miller. The blueliners were Ivars Muzis-Paul Baranzelli, Kit Hughes-Tim Tracy, Kris Webster-Jon Bender….The Suns scored a shorthanded goal for the third straight game, Kris Webster’s blast giving the Suns a 3-2 lead….. Sun Valley Sunsets star Wendy Speth reserved a block of 26 tickets for Saturday’s U.S. Olympic women’s hockey game in Boise against the Chinese. She wondered aloud tonight whether the Suns could beat the U.S. women….Penalty killing has been a strong suit for the Suns this season. The Suns killed off a Bucks power play late in the third period, but seconds after the power play expired the Bucks scored for a 5-5 tie….The teams didn’t shake hands after the game….Mikael Sedlacek, who had 8 points in 9 games for the Suns last season, played for the shorthanded Bucks this weekend….The Bucks didn’t bring a representative team. They claimed that only six players traveled from their regular roster. They had only six on the bench….Thron made an absolutely great save on Joe Lawson with seven minutes left in the third period.




Suns 7, Bucks 2

Bucks Furniture 1 0 1 2
Sun Valley Suns 1 3 3 7

FIRST PERIOD—(1) SV, Scott Winkler 6 (Ellison, Nikolaisons), 2:33. (2) Bucks, Wright (Saterdalen, Schlatter), 12:15.

SECOND PERIOD—(3) SV, Hughes 3 (Lawson, John Stevens), 6:22, power play goal. (4) SV, Ellison 11 (Muzis, Baranzelli), 11:39. (5) SV, Chas Riopel 4 (Stevens, Lawson), 11:54.

THIRD PERIOD—(6) SV, Forti 5 (Muzis), 6:24. (7) SV, Ellison 12 (Winkler, Baranzelli), 7:47. (8) Bucks, Wendorf (Bob Dustin, Matt Leimbeck), 14:15, power play goal. (9) SV, Jon Bender 3 (unassisted), 19:39.

SHOTS ON GOAL—for Bucks Unpainted Furniture 15-19-15 for 49; for Sun Valley 13-12-16 for 41.

GOALIES—Bucks Furniture, Thron (34 saves); SV, Gershater (47 saves, 8-0-0 season record).

OFFICIALS—Referee, Sivulich; linesmen, Martin and John Olson.

NOTES—Baranzelli (5 points weekend) played a big role in the back-breaking third goal, keeping the puck in the Bucks zone and rifling off a couple of shots. It went back to Muzis at the point, and Ellison rebounded a Muzis shot for a 3-1 Suns lead in the second period….Referee Noyes, wearing the George Jacket from last week, took a well-deserved night off….It was Sun Valley’s fourth straight win over the Bucks. Since the series started in 1986, the Bucks still maintain the advantage 11-8-1 but they’ve allowed the Suns to score 28 goals in the four straight losses.….Bucks goalie Gary Thron twice had trouble coming out of the crease early in the third period and the Suns scored bang-bang goals for a 6-1 cushion. It was a good thing because the Bucks have outscored the Suns 48-30 in the third periods of the 20 meetings between the two teams—including a 3-1 edge Friday night….Based in Bloomington, Minn., Bucks Unpainted Furniture is a small retail chain and family business started in 1960. It is run by the Buck brothers, all in their 50s—Randy, Rich, Roger and Ray….The USA Hockey full-check national tournaments are April 4-7 at Fond du Lac, Wisc. The Suns have their final home games scheduled for that same weekend and currently have no plans to compete at nationals in 2002….


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