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Hockey Summary

Suns 7, Jets 4

Michigan Jets 2 1 1 4
Sun Valley Suns 3 3 1 7

FIRST PERIOD—(1) Jets, Ben Martlock (unassisted), 1:55, shorthanded goal. (2) SV, Paul Baranzelli 8 (unassisted), 4:25. (3) SV, Baranzelli 9 (Tom Forti), 9:12, shorthanded goal. (4) SV, Vilnis Nikolaisons 14 (Jamie Ellison), 15:22, power play goal. (5) Jets, Dan Gardiner (Glenn Hunter), 16:59, shorthanded goal.

SECOND PERIOD—(6) SV, Joe Lawson 4 (Chas Riopel, John Stevens), 1:17, power play goal. (7) Jets, Stacy Katlin (Brian Smith), 9:21. (8) SV, Ellison 14 (Scott Winkler, Kit Hughes), 12:54. (9) SV, Ellison 15 (Ivars Muzis, Baranzelli), 14:18, power play goal.

THIRD PERIOD—(10) Jets, Craig Eisley (Steve Brown, Brian Smith), 1:24, power play goal. (11) SV, Ellison 16 (Baranzelli, Nikolaisons), 19:55, hat trick goal.

SHOTS ON GOAL—for Michigan 11-10-18 for 39; for Sun Valley 12-14-19 for 45.

GOALIES—Michigan Jets, Tom Nowland (38 saves); SV, James Moskos (35 saves).

OFFICIALS—Referee, Bobby Noyes; linesmen, Curt Martin and Richard Winkler.

NOTES—Before the third period, announcer Jeff "Crash" Ballou publicly welcomed the Italian Olympic giant slalom and slalom team, who watched the game from the balcony for a good view of the passing crowd….Jamie Ellison made a bad clearing mistake that resulted in the third Jets goal for a slim 4-3 Suns lead midway through the second period. Ellison whacked his stick against the plexiglass and took out his frustration on Jets goalie Tom Nowland—scoring his three-goal "hat trick" after the blooper….A little drop pass by wing Scott Winkler back to Paul Baranzelli led to the sixth goal. Baranzelli whipped a pass across the ice to blueline mate Ivars Muzis. Muzis launched a slapshot—and Ellison had to do a little jig to get out of the way of the shot. Then Ellison went low and cashed in on the rebound….The Jets scored the first two shorthanded goals of the season against Sun Valley. Suns Hall of Fame blueliner and coach Glenn Hunter, 48, playing very well in a fill-in role for the Jets tonight, assisted on the second shorthanded goal, both coming in the first period….At one point during the game, all-time leading Suns assist man Hunter (295) was plus-three on the stats…..With Bobby Noyes doing the refereeing, Hunter playing for the Jets, Chris Benson whipping slapshots for the Suns and Kurt Wenzell acting as Suns bench coach, there were four of the top five Suns all-time scorers involved in the game. And former Suns wing/coach John Burke was opening the penalty box gate for the first two periods….Sun Valley’s forward lines were Vilnis Nikolaisons-Jamie Ellison-Scott Winkler, Chas Riopel-Joe Lawson-John Stevens, Ben Stauffer-Tom Forti-Chris Benson. Rotating in was Cameron Bennett. The blueliners were Ivars Muzis-Paul Baranzelli, Kit Hughes-Tim Tracy/Scott Cormack, Kris Webster-Jon Bender.…Penalty minutes were Suns 26 and Jets 15. On the power play: Suns 3-for-5, Jets 1-for-6….Jets goalie Tom Nowland was a backup goalie for a powerful Michigan State team from 1981-85. Jets forward Chris Delabbio skated for Lake Superior State in college….Jim Dales, who skated for the Suns in 1982, has brought a Jets team out to Sun Valley every winter since 1988.




Suns 8, Jets 5

Michigan Jets 2 3 0 5
Sun Valley Suns 0 1 7 8

FIRST PERIOD—(1) Jets, Dan Gardiner (unassisted), 10:29. (2) Jets, Chris Delabbio (Rob Waters, Brad McQueen), 10:45.

SECOND PERIOD—(3) SV, Lawson 5 (Riopel, Muzis), 1:11. (4) Jets, Waters (Gardiner), 13:22, power play goal. (5) Jets, Rich Pattison (Gardiner, Eisley), 14:47. (6) Jets, McQueen (Tom McIlhiny), 19:33.

THIRD PERIOD—(7) SV, Lawson 6 (Kris Webster, Riopel), 0:53. (8) SV, Scott Winkler 8 (Nikolaisons, Ellison), 4:16. (9) SV, Baranzelli 10 (Ellison), 5:39, power play goal. (10) SV, Baranzelli 11 (Scott Winkler, Ellison), 11:16, power play goal. (11) SV, Baranzelli 12 (unassisted), 14:52, power play goal and natural hat trick. (12) SV, Chris Benson 7 (Baranzelli, Ben Stauffer), 16:22, power play goal. (13) SV, Ellison 17 (Scott Winkler), 18:50.

SHOTS ON GOAL—for Michigan 11-9-11 for 31; for Sun Valley 21-15-30 for 66.

GOALIES—Michigan Jets, Tom Nowland (58 saves); SV, James Moskos (26 saves, 8-1-0 season).

OFFICIALS—Referee, Richard Winkler; linesmen, Bobby Noyes and John Olson.

NOTES— This year’s Suns are slow starters. In the first 18 games, opponents scored the first goal of the game 9 times including tonight—and in 6 games took 2-0 leads. But the Suns were 17-1 in the first 18 games….The key moment in the game arrived with the score tied 5-5 and the Suns trying to kill a 5-on-3 Jets power play with seven minutes left in regulation. The Jets apparently scored a power play goal, but referee Richard Winkler waved it off because a Jets player was in the crease. He also assessed Rob Waters of the Jets with an unsportsmanlike conduct minor and 10-minute misconduct—and when the Suns regained the man advantage Baranzelli scored his natural hat trick for the eventual game-winning goal….Tonight’s Suns win, the 17th of the season, equaled last winter’s victory total and made it 449 Suns wins in 27 seasons….Weekend penalty minutes: Suns 45, Jets 43. On the power play tonight: Suns 4-for-6 (7-for-11 weekend) and Jets 1-for-6 (2-for-12 weekend)….The Suns were 12-for-47 on the power play in their first 16 games but turned it around and were 7-for-11 this weekend. In fact, in their last four games the Suns are 11-for-22 on the power play….Remarkably, 12 of the 24 goals scored this weekend were either shorthanded (3 combined) or on the power play (9 combined)….Ellison (89-142 for 231) has vaulted past Billy Tryder into ninth place on the all-time Suns scoring list. All eight Suns above sixth-year Suns center Ellison played nine or more Suns seasons. And fourth-year wing Nikolaisons (68-115 for 183) has passed Tim Jeneson for 17th place all time. And, only 6 points out of the top 10 all-time is Riopel (94-122 for 216)….Watching the game tonight was former Suns referee Sean McCoy from Arizona, who officiated his final game after 35 seasons two years ago on Sun Valley ice, a 10-3 Suns win over the Jets….Suns goalie Matt Gershater was out-of-town this weekend, in Arizona, so the Suns suited up just one goalie, Moskos….Unbeaten in their last eight games against Michigan, the Suns improved their advantage to 18-7-4 in the 15-season rivalry….Wearing the George Jacket after the game was first-year center Tom Forti, who was butt-ended in the eye Friday night and didn’t play tonight….Former Suns player Brad Dredge played for the Jets tonight.







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