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For the week of February 19 - 25, 2003


Suns, Moose collide
this weekend

At Snow King Center

The Sun Valley Suns men’s hockey team heads to Jackson Hole, Wyo. this coming weekend with one thing in mind when they collide with arch-rival Jackson Hole Moose.

"We plan on going over and sweeping," said Suns player/coach Chris Benson. "We’re just as deep and solid as we were last year. And we should have a full bench over there."

Missing because of injuries will be Jamie Ellison, John Miller, Mike Selhay and Ben Stauffer, while Perry Smiley and Kris Webster won’t make the Wyoming trip Friday.

Jackson Hole entertains Sun Valley Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 for two 7:30 p.m. games at Snow King Center. The house will be packed and feelings will be running high for the big battle.

The Moose (16-5-1) are coming off a big weekend sweep of the Boston Hockey Club. In fact the Moose have won four straight games and nine of their last 10 behind the goaltending of former Suns player Marc Morningstar (10-5-1 with a 3.67 goals against).

Jackson Hole breezed 12-6 in Friday’s game behind four goals by top scorer Joe Casey (27 goals and 16 assists for 43 points). Saturday night the Moose dug a 6-3 hole but rallied for a 7-7 tie after regulation. In the overtime shootout Morningstar stopped all five shots and the Moose won 8-7.

Sun Valley (11-3) didn’t play last weekend but the Suns are coming off of two good efforts against the Trail Smoke Eaters and Minneapolis Green Mill. Luke Smith (12-14 for 26 points) is the top Suns scorer.

Last year the teams split four games—dividing each home-and-home series.

The 5-4 victory in last March’s Saturday night game snapped an eight-game Suns winless skid at Snow King Center dating back to 1997. Sun Valley had been outscored 57-29 in that long drought.

Overall the Moose lead 12-7-1 in the five-year rivalry. Jackson Hole was 21-9 overall last season and is 107-50-4 in its six-year hockey history. The Suns are 461-172-28 in their 28-year history.


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