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Wednesday, April 28, 2004


Plenty of shots for U14 girls

In Boise hockey games

This weekend in Boise, the Sun Valley Junior Hockey U14 girls’ team finally got a chance to face off against someone their own size.

With a season of losses against Boise's U19 team fresh in their memory, the Sun Valley girls had a series of definitive wins Saturday and Sunday against teams comprised of players from 9-13 years old

Sun Valley hockey players, from left, Devan Ellison-Anan, Ashley Hesteness and Hailey Zanes. Courtesy photo

Sun Valley went three-for-three in Boise, winning once on Saturday 14-1, and twice on Sunday, 13-0 and 9-1.

In Saturday's game, the team mustered 50 shots on net. They put another 61 shots on goal on Sunday for a three-game total of 111 shots. Defensively, Sun Valley allowed just 11 shots over the same three-game span.

According to coach Nicole Perkins, "It was very exciting for us to dominate a hockey game. For the first time ever, (the girls) had a lot of time and space in the offensive zone."

Perkins added that facing same-age opposition, the Sun Valley girls finally had an opportunity to learn new skills such as delays, passing and deflections. "It was a weekend to work on pure hockey skills," Perkins continued, "and to focus on positional play and teamwork, not just scoring."

Highlights included three-goal hat tricks by Ashley Hesteness (5 goals/3 assists) and Leigh Ann VanQuill (5/1) and the first goals in a game by Devan Ellison-Anan (2/2), Hailey Zanes (2/3), Katie Pruett (5/4) and Daniela Stokes (4/3).

Also playing were Hannah Carr (5/4), Aimee Evans (0/1), Kelly Hennessy and Kat Pettingill. Coaches were Perkins and Jennifer Copeland-Embree.


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