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Suns light up the Wings 10-3, 10-4

Baranzelliís scoring spurt fuels sweep

Scoring 20 goals in a score-sheet weekend, the Sun Valley Suns (19-1) pounded the New England Wings 10-3 and 10-4 Friday and Saturday at Sun Valley Skating Center and set some franchise records.

First-year defenseman Paul Baranzelli kept the hot hand Friday with his third hat trick in seven games. Baranzelli (15 goals in 20 games) tied Kris Websterís single-season mark for a blueliner set in the 19-12-1 national title season of 1998.

In Fridayís game, weekend-high point scorer Luke Smith (4 goals and 6 assists) followed up Baranzelliís first of two power-play goals with his own unassisted score. The goals came just six seconds apartóbreaking the previous Suns record of two goals in seven seconds set 12 years ago.

Another defenseman, rookie Kit Hughes, piled up six assists Saturday. That broke Glenn Hunterís standard of five assists for a defenseman in a single game established in 1989, and tied Steve Gentiliniís Suns record of six assists in a game set in 1991.

Vilnis Nikolaisons, Tom Forti and Smith each scored two goals in Saturdayís victory. And the first line of Smith, Jamie Ellison and Nikolaisons enjoyed a big weekend with 24 of 55 Suns points.

Next, the Suns (19-1) meet the Dallas South Stars from Texas Friday and Saturday, March 1-2 at 7 p.m. in the Sun Valley rink. They handled the South Stars 15-4 and 8-2 last January.

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