A heaping helping of hockey in Boise
First, seconds and thirds
By JODY ZARKOS
Express Staff Writer
Any Gem State hockey player worth their
weight in friction tape was in Boise last weekend for the Wells Fargo Winter
Idaho Ice World and the Bank of America
Center played host to 42 menís and womenís teamsóthe biggest field in the
tournamentís 14-year history. The teams vied for gold medals in six different
Sun Valley was very well represented and
rose to the top in nearly every division.
The Sunsets won the womenís A bracket,
capping off a perfect 4-0 record with a 1-0 victory in the championship.
The Chiefs captured the gold medal in the
menís C bracket, beating Play It Again Boise 4-3.
Check out team photos of the winning teams
in the Feb. 26 Local Life section.
Meantime, Whitehead Landscaping was the
silver medalist in the menís A division.
Standouts in the menís B class were the
Sawtooth Rangers with a second-place finish and the Silver Blades who placed
third. The Vipers finished 2-1.
After having to skate in the menís B
division last year, the Sunsets found themselves back in the womenís A division
and back on top this year.
Gold medalists in 2001, the Sunsets
brought home the top trinket in 2003. Even more impressive is the fact they did
it with just nine skaters.
In the championship final, a goal by
Christine Gould held up for a 1-0 victory over the Grove Street Blades.
Gould plugged three goals on the weekend,
including a pair in a 4-1 win over Washington State University. Lia Johnson and
Sarah Benson also scored.
Nicole Perkins twined two in a hard-fought
2-1 win over the Mighty Chicks of Washington. Team MVP Tizz Miller, Liza Weekes
and Sofa King Jennifer Embree lit the light in a 3-0 shutout of Grove Street.
Goalie Karen Morrison got the goose egg.
Showing improvement in every game, the Sun Valley Fury played
well enough to earn a spot in the bronze medal contest.
The Fury led the Boise Hurricanes 2-0 in the second period on
goals by Cinda Lewis and Nancy Parsons-Brown, but could not stave off the
Hurricanes offensive pressure and fell 4-2 to finish fourth our of five teams.
The Fury defeated the Boise Bombshells 2-0 on goals by Merri
Whitehead and Jody Zarkos.
Losses came at the hands of the Boise Blades, 2-0, and Provo,
Provo beat the Boise Blades in a shootout to win the gold
Maybe next year Gunnar Whitehead should recruit some unemployed bachelors for
his team. Then they would not be in such a hurry to get back to Ketchum on
Whitehead Landscaping (3-1) mowed through its early opponents like a John
Deere through spring grass, winning 9-3, 8-1 and 14-2. In that span, Dave
Hennessy and Paul Baranzelli posted nine points apiece, Peter Whitehead had
eight and all 13 skaters on the squad had at least two points.
But faced with an 8:10 p.m. championship game and snowy weather, 10 of the
14-team members opted to head home.
The sole survivors (and more serious golfers) were Tim Jeneson, Phil Hebert,
Chris Benson and goalie James Moskos. They picked up Reamy Goodwin and three
others to take on the Ice Hawks in the championship.
Despite their best efforts, Whitehead lost to the Hawks 6-3.
"James Moskos stood on his head and Tim was out there the whole time," Hebert
remarked. "Had we had our full team it would have been a different story, but we
The largest and most competitive
division in the tournament was the 14-team menís B bracket.
The Sawtooth Rangers rode a white horse through the early rounds, winning
4-0, 7-2 and 11-1, and compiling a 7.1 goals per game average.
The wheels fell off in the championship against Salmon. Tied 2-2 in the third
period, Salmon scored three goals in four minutes to win 5-2. Eric Wingard
finished with seven points. Walt Higgins had six.
For the third consecutive year, the Silver Blades won the bronze medal, but
had to go to penalty shots to do so.
Dueling the McCall Mighty, who had scored 18 goals in three games, the Blades
found themselves trailing 2-1 with a minute left in the game.
On a face-off in McCallís zone, John Ellison Jr. (2 goals) tipped the puck to
Alan Dupuis who buried it for a 2-2 tie and jubilation on the Sun Valley bench.
The game immediately went to penalty shots. The first players for both teams
missed. Ellison converted for a 1-0 advantage and then Dupuis scored. Blades
goalie Chris Edwards made a great glove save on the next McCall skater and Sun
Valley prevailed 4-2.
"Eggie (Chris Edwards) always comes up big in the important games,"
defenseman Chris Zarkos said. "The more shots and the tougher the game, the
better he is."
Dupuis finished with five goals. Ellison had four and Dave MacMillian three.
Firewood, pancakes and the girls at Hannahís werenít the only stacked things
in Boise. You should have seen the team Danny Thomas put together.
The Vipers featured a lineup that could score at will. Ultimately it proved
to be the Vipes undoing, as they could bury shots off the ice as well as on.
Scoring 11 goals in its first two games (both wins) the Vipers couldnít
answer the bell at 7:40 a.m. Sunday morning and got rung by McCall 7-3.
Paul Baranzelli scored three goals. Three players had two goals apiece.
The old saying is behind every successful man is a woman and it could be
argued that this is the case of Bryan and Wendy Speth.
Though she would refuse any credit, Wendy, one of the best hockey players in
the valley bar none, introduced her husband to the game and has obviously passed
along some of its finer points.
Bryan put together the Chiefs, who showed grit, heart and great teamwork in
winning the gold medal in the menís C bracket.
Outscoring their opponents 16-8, the Chiefs beat the Artic Wolves 4-1, Siedl
5-1 and tied Pocatello 3-3.
In the final against Play It Again Boise, the score was tied 3-3 with less
than five minutes on the clock.
Benjy Walker netted what the Minnesota boys call a "hardware goal" going
coast-to-coast for the game-winning goal. The Chiefs then withstood a furious,
flurry of six-on-five for the golden glory.
Mark Ellsbree finished with four goals, including two in the championship.
Dave Hausmann scored one of his three goals in the final. Eric Kiel also netted
three. Tony Mallane tallied two goals. One-time twiners were Tuck Hall, Dave
Gittens and Speth.