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Idaho Mountain Express
Author: Sports Desk
Suns regain winning form
|Suns regain winning form
Breeze 7-1 over Beacon Hill
They started well, but the Sun Valley Suns missed plenty of opportunities and settled for a 3-3 overtime tie Friday with the Beacon Hill sextet from Summit, N.J. in the first of a two-game weekend series.
More intensity, more heart and more desire in Saturday’s finale got Sun Valley (11-6-2) back in the winning column with a 7-1 victory at Sun Valley Skating Center, Suns coach Chris Benson said.
Jamie Ellison and John Stevens each scored two goals in Saturday’s triumph, which snapped a three-game winless skid for the Suns.
Coach Benson said after the victory, "We played with more intensity tonight.
"Jamie’s line played well, Jake Glotfelty had another strong weekend and Mikael Sedlacek came in and did well on defense. I also thought our goalie Billy Cook made some great saves both nights."
Ellison, Stevens and Glotfelty scored in the first period lending the Suns a 3-0 lead Friday. Then the Suns gave up a pair of shorthanded goals and surrendered a power-play tally as Beacon Hill rallied for the 3-3 tie.
"We had plenty of chances to win," said Benson and the scoresheet supported his claim—the Suns out-shooting Beacon Hill 18-7 in the third period and OT. "But Beacon Hill’s goalie played very well, too."
Spotting Beacon Hill a 1-0 first-period lead Saturday, the Suns started their own rally with a pair of shorthanded goals by Ellison and Stevens and kept up the pressure. Sun Valley outshot weary Beacon Hill 52-24. Cook
stopped 23 of 24 shots.
Next opponent for the Suns: The Boston Hockey Club on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10 at 7 p.m. on resort ice. Then the Suns travel to Aspen, Colo. for two games against the Trashmen March 16-17.
Last March the Suns split with Boston, winning the opener 7-4 and dropping
the nightcap 6-5 in OT. But Boston has won four of the last five games between the two teams and maintains a 9-7-2 edge in the nine-season rivalry.
For updated Suns season statistics, check this week’s Express website.
Suns 3, Beacon Hill 3 (OT)
Beacon Hill 1 1 1 0 3
Sun Valley Suns 3 0 0 0 3
FIRST PERIOD—(1) SV, Jamie Ellison 15 (John Miller, Vilnis Nikolaisons), 9:48. (2) SV, John Stevens 7 (Ivars Muzis, Brian Watts), 15:49. (3) SV, Jake Glotfelty 14(Nikolaisons, Stevens), 17:58. (4) BH, Michael Cornell (Trip Manley), 19:34, shorthanded goal.
SECOND PERIOD—(5) BH, Bill Foster (Marley, Cornell), 8:12, shorthanded goal.
THIRD PERIOD—(6) BH, Phil Infusino (Lars Anderson, Jim Crawford), 1:20, power play goal.
OVERTIME (5 minutes)—No scoring.
SHOTS ON GOAL--for Beacon Hill 4-12-6-1 for 23; for Sun Valley 13-12-15-3
GOALIES—Beacon Hill, Dave Lehanski (40 saves); SV, Billy Cook (20 saves).
OFFICIALS—Referee, Bobby Noyes; linesmen, Richard Winkler and Curtis Martin.
NOTES—The apparent tie-breaking goal by John Miller with six minutes left in the game was disallowed because it was kicked into the net, referee Noyes said. It was a very pretty play, started by a break-out pass from
Ivars Muzis to wing Vilnis Nikolaisons along the left wing. When Vilnis got into the Beacon Hill zone, he dropped a pass to the trailer, Muzis, who deftly used Vilnis’ interference to launch a testing slapper….Suns defenseman Muzis went down and blocked a shot to kill a Beacon Hill threat
when the visitors had a two-man advantage to start the five-minute OT period….A delay of game penalty assessed to Jamie Ellison with 17 seconds left in regulation—Jamie flipped the puck over the boards—led to the Beacon
Hill power play. Ellison didn’t like the call and ended up getting tossed by Noyes. A few seconds later John Stevens drew a roughing penalty and the Suns had to rely on their penalty killers in the extra session….Beacon Hill goalie Dave Lehanski had an excellent night in the goal. He gloved a John Miller penalty shot in the second period—after Miller picked off a pass at the Beacon Hill blue line and skated the length of the ice with his team shorthanded. In the third period, Lehanski robbed Mikael Reijo in the slot and Chas Riopel at the side of the cage….Reijo has always been a good face-off man. In overtime he won four or five faceoffs in the Beacon Hill zone, leading to solid chances by Nikolaisons and Stevens…The Suns are all even, 19-19-19 in OT games in franchise history. Buth they’re 2-8-4 in their last 14 OT games….Big Luke Smith couldn’t make it up from Utah this
weekend….Suns main forward lines were Vilnis Nikolaisons-Jamie Ellison-John Miller, and Chas Riopel-John Stevens-Brian Watts. On the blueline were Jake Glotfelty-Jon Bender, Mikael Sedlacek-Ivars Muzis….The Suns were 0-4 on the power play, and Beacon Hill 1-7 plus 2 shorthanded goals. Penalty minutes
were Suns 35, Beacon Hill 14.
Suns 7, Beacon Hill 1
Beacon Hill 1 0 0 1
Sun Valley Suns 0 4 3 7
FIRST PERIOD—(1) BH, Matt Kierman (Trip Manley), 9:33.
SECOND PERIOD—(2) SV, Ellison 16(unassisted), 0:53, shorthanded goal. (3)
SV, Stevens 8 (Watts, Mikael Sedlacek), 1:37, shorthanded goal. (4) SV, Nikolaisons 18 (Miller, Ellison), 5:21. (5) SV, Watts 5 (Ellison), 15:21, power play goal.
THIRD PERIOD—(6) SV, Stevens 9 (Muzis), 5:45. (7) SV, Mikael Reijo 2 (Caleb Baukol, Kurt Wenzell), 15:50. (8) SV, Ellison 17 (Nikolaisons, Jeremy Bohne), 16:28.
SHOTS ON GOAL--for Beacon Hill 5-11-8 for 24; for Sun Valley 24-10-18 for 52.
GOALIES—Beacon Hill, Dave Lehanski (45 saves); SV, Billy Cook (23 saves,
5-6-1 season record).
OFFICIALS—Referee, Richard Winkler; linesmen, Bobby Noyes and John Olson.
NOTES—The Suns had won only one of their previous five games before tonight’s victory….Jamie Ellison’s pass from behind the net set up Watts’ power play goal giving the Suns a 4-1 lead. Early in the third, John
Stevens got his own rebound and scored for a 5-1 game. Then Suns goalie Billy Cook made a terrific glove save after a Suns defensive mistake to preserve the four-goal cushion….Kurt Wenzell’s feed from behind the Beacon Hill net to Mikael Reijo for the sixth Suns goal was Wenzell’s 150th Suns
assist and Reijo’s 59th Suns goal….Showing veteran instincts, Wenzell got into a fight with Beacon Hill’s Mike Ryan—right in front of the Suns bench….Johnny Miller (39-60 for 99) is one point away from the century mark
as a Suns skater….For the weekend, Sun Valley outshot Beacon Hill 95-47 and
outpointed the New Jersey visitors 26-10 led by Ellison 3-2 for 5, Nikolaisons 1-3 for 4 and Stevens 3-1 for 4…..Nikolaisons picked up his first penalty of the season, a hook with less than two minutes left in the
game….For the season, the Suns are 12-57 power play (21%) and opponents are 16-67 (24%). Season penalty minutes: Suns 338, opponents 246.5.
Idaho Mountain Express