Suns 9, Moose 2
Hole Moose 1 1 0 2
Sun Valley Suns 1 4 4 9
PERIOD—(1) SV, Tom Forti 6 (John Miller, Tim Tracy), 11:43. (2)
Moose, Josh Gorsalitz (T.J. Thomas), 13:48, power play goal.
PERIOD—(3) SV, John Stevens 15 (Ivars Muzis), 1:30. (4) Moose, Chris
DeMarco (Aaron Ackley), 3:07. (5) SV, Paul Baranzelli 7 (Jamie Ellison,
Vilnis Nikolaisons), 7:26, power play goal. (6) SV, Stevens 16 (Chas
Riopel, Joe Lawson), 11:20, power play goal. (7) SV, Scott Winkler 7
(Ellison, Nikolaisons), 12:47, power play goal.
PERIOD—(8) SV, Muzis 4 (Winkler), 3:27, shorthanded goal. (9) SV,
Ben Stauffer 8 (Forti, Miller), 6:29. (10) SV, Stauffer 9 (Lawson, Riopel),
14:38. (11) SV, Ellison 13 (Baranzelli, Miller), 18:32, power play goal.
GOAL—for Jackson Hole 10-11-9 for 30; for Sun Valley 9-19-17 for 45.
Hole, Marc Morningstar (first 33:34, 20 saves, 5 goals) and Ross Boldt
(last 26:26, 16 saves, 4 goals); SV, Matt Gershater (28 saves, 9-0-0
Doug Royle; linesmen, Bobby Noyes and Curt Martin.
scoring was balanced between Sun Valley’s forward lines. They were
Vilnis Nikolaisons-Jamie Ellison-Scott Winkler, Chas Riopel-Joe
Lawson-John Stevens, Chris Benson-Tom Forti-John Miller. Rotating in were
Ben Stauffer and Cameron Bennett. After Stevens got tossed, Stauffer went
up on Lawson’s line as right wing and scored a pair of goals. The
blueliners were Ivars Muzis-Paul Baranzelli, Kit Hughes-Tim Tracy, Kris
Webster-Jon Bender….Nikolaisons made an incredible move to split two
Moose defensemen and get off a shorthanded shot late in the first period….The
most effective Moose lines were Gorsalitz-Thomas-Ackley and Mark McEwen-Joe
Casey-Eric Rahilly….After the first period, former Suns coach/defenseman
Tim Jeneson went up to referee Royle and reminded him that the Suns had
been whistled for 10 penalty minutes to only 2 minutes for Jackson Hole….Moose
coach and ex-goalie Bob "Howie" Carruth from Minnetonka, Minn.
couldn’t believe his goalie Marc Morningstar was thrown out of the game
for third-man-in. Former Suns coach Glenn Hunter made sure Morningstar
made it off the ice safely after the ejection….Morningstar and Moose
center Bryan Korpi are former Suns….The second Moose goal was a direct
result of a terrible clearing pass by Baranzelli. Two of the four Moose
goals this weekend came from shaky Suns clearing attempts….Ageless John
Miller had another excellent game, hustling after pucks and making several
great centering passes. He had 3 assists….The sixth Suns goal early in
the third period was a great hustle play by Scott Winkler. He intercepted
and knocked the puck ahead at the red line and broke in alone,
aggressively skating at big 6-2, 220-pound Moose goalie Boldt. Boldt,
coming off a groin injury, made the first save but Muzis made no mistake
on the rebound for the fourth Suns shorthanded goal in the past five games….Jackson
Hole brought most of its team. The main player missing was forward Gregg
Gripentrog from St. Paul. Injured, he watched the weekend series. The
Moose started the season 0-2 and won 14 of their next 15 games before
tonight’s setback…..Penalty minutes were Suns 41 and Moose 38. On the
power play: Suns 4-for-8, Moose 1-for-8.
Moose 2, Suns 1
Hole Moose 0 2 0 2
Sun Valley Suns 0 0 1 1
PERIOD—(1) Moose, Eric Rahilly (John Curry, Chris DeMarco), 2:27,
power play goal. (2) Moose, Mark McEwen (Rahilly), 12:13.
PERIOD—(3) SV, Kris Webster 3 (Forti, Jon Bender), 15:55.
GOAL—for Jackson Hole 8-12-3 for 23; for Sun Valley 10-13-22 for 45.
Hole, Ross Boldt (44 saves); SV, James Moskos (21 saves, 6-1-0 season).
Noyes; linesmen, Royle and Steve Little.
Luke Smith back in the lineup as the right wing with Ellison and
Nikolaisons, Winkler dropped back down to a fourth forward line with
center Stauffer and right wing Cam Bennett. They put a bunch of pressure
on the Moose all game…."We ran four lines to try to go quick and
hard at them," said Benson…Winkler kicked himself after failing to
clear the puck out of his defensive zone on a Moose power play, which led
to the first Jackson Hole goal….The Suns also got lazy on the second and
eventual game-winning Moose goal, allowing Eric Rahilly to skate untouched
and feed Mark McEwen for the score…..So successful on the power play
Friday, the Suns shot themselves in the foot on a pair of second-period
power plays—collecting quick penalties to go from a 5-on-4 advantage to
4-on-4 situations….Referee Noyes whistled an interesting charging
penalty on Smith when the big Dartmouth grad plowed into Boldt and into
the Moose net on a break-in….Probably the key play of the game was Boldt
stopping Winkler on a breakaway with 2:11 left in the third period….Forti’s
centering pass to Webster broke up the shutout with 4:05 left in the game….Weekend
penalty minutes: Suns 55, Moose 50. On the power play: Suns 4-for-11,
Moose 2-for-12….Although he didn’t score tonight, Ellison (85-138 for
223) went 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 (67-113 for 180) tied
Jeneson for 17th place all time….Tonight’s combined 3 goals was the
lowest on Sun Valley ice since Minnesota USA’s 3-0 win over the Suns
March 16, 1996. You have to go back to Feb. 7, 1986 to find a lower
winning total, that a 2-0 Bucks Unpainted Furniture victory over the Suns.