Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Suns walk off as 13-2 and 11-0 winners

Big scoresheet weekend in season finale


By JEFF CORDES
Express Staff Writer

Former Idaho Steelheads pro Marty Flichel looks for a pass in the corner during Friday’s 13-2 win over Park City at Sun Val-ley Skating Center. Photo by Willy Cook

     Led by captain Ryan Enrico and another strong effort by goaltender Ryan Thomson, the Sun Valley Suns senior men’s hockey team ended its 2013-14 season with a scoring flourish beating the Park City (Utah) Pioneers 13-2 and 11-0 Friday and Saturday on resort ice.

     The Suns dominated the shorthanded Pioneers (10-13), out-shooting the visitors 100-50, outscoring the Park City skaters 24-2 and out-pointing them 59-6 on the scoresheet.

     Rookies Mike Curry and Drew Punnett posted three-goal hat tricks in Friday’s 13-2 rout. Veterans Marty Flichel and Bryan O’Connell had their own hat tricks in Saturday’s 11-0 whitewash—Thomson’s ninth career shutout in 136 games and third of the season.

     Suns head coach John Burke said about his goalie, “Ryan had an unbelievable year, playing every game and coming to every practice. He was our Most Valuable Player. We were a slow-starting team, but he kept us in every game.”

     The Suns (9-9-0) finished the season by winning six of their final eight games. “With all the injuries we had and all the nights trying to fill out a lineup, our record was irrelevant because we played such a good second half,” Burke said.

     Contributing to the late-season surge was the productive forward line of Enrico, former pro Marty Flichel and University of Minnesota-Duluth wing Mike Curry. They picked the Pioneers apart accounting for 26 of 59 points.

     George Jacket winner on Fan Appreciation weekend was captain Ryan Enrico, the 11th-year forward from Hoboken, N.J. who soared over the 300-point career mark with a nine-point weekend.

     Burke said about Enrico “Great leadership all year! A coach is only as good as his captain. He did a great job on the ice and in the room.

     “With players like Curry, Derek Grimes, Spencer Brendel and Tyson Cox, we had the best rookie crop we’ve had in years. We had great character in the room—really, the most fun room in years.”

     Capturing the Suns scoring title for the fourth straight year was wing Bryan O’Connell (20 goals, 10 assists for 30 points). He scored his 16th career Suns hat trick in his 61 games with the team by stuffing home the final goal of the season with five seconds left in Saturday’s triumph. “OC” now has 88 goals and 45 assists in his four seasons.

     See the March 26 Local Life for more Suns photos.

 

 

2013-14 Sun Valley Suns statistics

(9-9-0 overall: 7-7-0 home, 2-2-0 away)

PLAYER GAMES GOALS AST. PTS. PMIN
Bryan O’Connell 18 20 10 30 6
Mike Curry 11 14 15 29 15
Ryan Enrico 18 10 17 27 14
Derek Grimes 18 13 11 24 6
Spencer Brendel 14 12 8 20 14
Marty Flichel 10 6 14 20 6
Doug Yeates 14 3 15 18 10
Ivars Muzis 18 1 9 10 16
Justin Videen 7 4 5 9 0
David Dredge 10 1 8 9 0
Sinjin Thomas 15 2 6 8 2
Justin Taylor 2 7 0 7 0
Drew Punnett 6 3 4 7 10
Max Kwok 14 2 4 6 2
Tyson Cox 7 2 4 6 4
Greg Chapman 4 0 6 6 9
Jackson Morgus 4 4 1 5 4
John Miller 3 2 2 4 6
Taylor Rothgeb 8 1 3 4 4
Drew Barsch 4 0 4 4 0
Chad Levitan 6 1 2 3 4
Trevor Thomas 18 1 2 3 40
Chase Evangelista 5 2 0 2 0
David Kvapil 2 1 1 2 6
Alex Redmond 6 0 2 2 6
Jay Taylor 2 0 2 2 4
Liam Jablonski 2 0 2 2 2
Brad Miller 4 1 0 1 4
Ryan Thomson 18 0 1 1 0
Zak Greenawalt 13 0 1 1 12
Bryan Winkler 2 0 1 1 0
Danny Ward 2 0 1 1 0
Brandon Holmes 2 0 1 1 0
John Stevens 2 0 1 1 0
Dimitri DeBlanco 2 0 1 1 0
Blake Haggett 2 0 0 0 2
Jordan Pritchett 1 0 0 0 2
Alex Lambert 3 0 0 0 0
Taylor Crawford 1 0 0 0 0
Tom Bardis 1 0 0 0 0
GOALTENDER GAMES GOALS W-L AVG.
Ryan Thomson 18 67 9/9/2000 3.71

Shots—Thomson 649. Saves—Thomson 582. Shootout shots—0. Shootout saves—0. Shootout goals allowed—0. Shutouts—Thomson 3. Empty net goals—3.

BY PERIODS 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOT
Opposition 19 24 26 1 70, 3.9
Sun Valley 30 47 36 0 113, 6.3

INDIVIDUAL MARKS

Two-goal games (15)—Mike Curry 4, Derek Grimes 3, Bryan O’Connell 3, Ryan Enrico 2, Spencer Brendel 1, John Miller 1, Justin Videen 1.

Three-goal hat tricks (or more) (10)— Bryan O’Connell 2, Justin Taylor 2 (one 4 goals), Spencer Brendel 2, Jackson Morgus 1, Mike Curry 1, Drew Punnett 1, Marty Flichel 1.

Game-winning goals (1)—Derek Grimes 1.

Power play goals (8-75, 11%)—Mike Curry 2, Derek Grimes 2, Marty Flichel 1, Chad Levitan 1, Bryan O’Connell 1, Trevor Thomas 1.

Power play goals (opposition): 12-67, (18%).

Suns shorthanded goals (10)—Jackson Morgus 2, Ryan Enrico 2, Bryan O’Connell 1, John Miller 1, Marty Flichel 1, Justin Videen 1, Derek Grimes 1, Max Kwok 1.

Shorthanded goals (opposition): 2.

Season penalty minutes: SV 210, opponents 234.

 

GAME RESULTS

Total record: 9-9-0

Record in 1-goal games: 2-2-0

Record in overtime: 0-1-0

Games scoring 9 or more goals: 5

Games scoring 7 or more goals: 9

 

Game results

December 13 (A) Jackson Hole 7, Sun Valley 3
December 14 (A) Jackson Hole 5, Sun Valley 1
December 27 (H) Sun Valley 12, SLC Golden Eagles 0
December 28 (H) Sun Valley 8, SLC Golden Eagles 0
January 3 (H) Jackson Hole 4, Sun Valley 3 
January 4 (H) Jackson Hole 6, Sun Valley 4
January 10 (H) Tri-Cities Hockey Source 5, Sun Valley 3 
January 11 (H) Sun Valley 10, Tri-Cities Hockey Source 2
January 24 (H) East Coast Snipers 5, Sun Valley 3 
January 25 (H) East Coast Snipers 2, Sun Valley 1 (OT) 
January 24 (H) East Coast Snipers 5, Sun Valley 3 
January 25 (H) East Coast Snipers 2, Sun Valley 1 (OT) 
February 7 (A) Sun Valley 8, Park City Pioneers 4
February 8 (A) Sun Valley 7, Park City Pioneers 6
February 14 (H) Michigan Sting 9, Sun Valley 7 
February 15 (H) Sun Valley 9, Michigan Sting 2 
February 28 (H) Bozeman Stingers 8, Sun Valley 6 
March 1 (H) Sun Valley 4, Bozeman Stingers 3 
March 14 (H) Sun Valley 13, Park City Pioneers 2
March 15 (H) Sun Valley 11, Park City Pioneers 0

SUNS ALL-TIME SCORING LEADERS (after 2013-14)

39-season, 893-game franchise record 606-258-29

This year’s players in bold

 

PLAYER, YEARS GOALS ASSISTS POINTS
1—Vilnis Nikolaisons (13) 173 288 461
2—Jamie Ellison (16) 170 288 458
3—Bobby Noyes (18) 195 213 408
4—Glenn Hunter (18) 67 295 362
5—John Finnegan (12) 109 223 332
6—Chris Benson (17) 160 163 323
7—Ryan Enrico (11) 133 173 306
7—John Stevens (19) 113 193 306
9—Billy Tryder (12) 120 151 271
10—Kurt Wenzell (9) 119 150 269
11—Jimmy Johnson (14) 93 170 263
12—Dave Hutchinson (15) 89 162 251
13—Brian Watts (11) 114 131 245
14—Chas Riopel (11) 98 128 226
15—Kris Webster (18) 82 138 220
16—Ivars Muzis (16) 59 153 212
22—John Miller (22) 74 123 197
35—Bryan O’Connell (4) 88 45 133
64—Chad Levitan (4) 27 26 53
71—Taylor Rothgeb (6) 23 20 43
Trevor Thomas (11) 11 24 35
Doug Yeates (2) 6 26 32
Mike Curry (1) 14 15 29
Spencer Brendel (2) 15 10 25
Derek Grimes (1) 13 11 24
Marty Flichel (2) 7 16 23
Sinjin Thomas (7) 8 14 22
Bryan Winkler (9) 9 12 21
Jordan Pritchett (5) 10 8 18
Danny Ward (5) 5 12 17
Justin Taylor (2) 9 4 13
Jackson Morgus (2) 9 4 13
Zak Greenawalt (5) 2 11 13
Justin Videen (1) 4 5 9
David Dredge (1) 1 8 9
Drew Punnett (1) 3 4 7
Ryan Thomson (11) 0 8 8
Max Kwok (1) 2 4 6
Tyson Cox (1) 2 4 6
Greg Chapman (1) 0 6 6
Drew Barsch (1) 0 4 4
Chase Evangelista (1) 2 0 2
David Kvapil (1) 1 1 2
Alex Redmond (1) 0 2 2
Jay Taylor (1) 0 2 2
Liam Jablonski (1) 0 2 2
Brad Miller (1) 1 0 1
Brandon Holmes (1) 0 1 1
Dimitri DeBlanco (1) 0 1 1
Blake Haggett (1) 0 0 0
Alex Lambert (1) 0 0 0
Taylor Crawford (1) 0 0 0
Tom Bardis (1) 0 0 0

 

GOALIE, YEARS GAMES GOALS W-L AVG.
Tony Benson (14—1990-00, 2007-10) 141 531 90-43-7 3.79
Dan Nee (9—1979-88) 213 814 150-57-6 3.82
Charlie Holt (4—1975-79) 72 189 57-12-3 2.62
Ryan Thomson (11—2003-14) 136 544 83-47-0 3.98
Mat Gershater (8—1997-98, 2000-04, 09-11) 53 219 37-15-1 4.12
David Stone (17—1986-2006) 55 233 33-16-5 4.24

PLAYER, YEARS.......... GOALS...... ASSISTSPOINTS

1—Vilnis Nikolaisons (13).. 173............... 288............ 461

2—Jamie Ellison (16)......... 170............... 288............ 458

3—Bobby Noyes (18)......... 195............... 213............ 408

4—Glenn Hunter (18).......... 67................ 295............ 362

5—John Finnegan (12)....... 109............... 223............ 332

6—Chris Benson (17)......... 160............... 163............ 323

7—Ryan Enrico (11)........... 133............... 173............ 306

7—John Stevens (19)........ 113............... 193............ 306

9—Billy Tryder (12)............ 120............... 151............ 271

10—Kurt Wenzell (9).......... 119............... 150............ 269

11—Jimmy Johnson (14).... 93................ 170............ 263

12—Dave Hutchinson (15).. 89................ 162............ 251

13—Brian Watts (11).......... 114............... 131............ 245

14—Chas Riopel (11).......... 98................ 128............ 226

15—Kris Webster (18)......... 82................ 138............ 220

16—Ivars Muzis (16)........... 59................ 153............ 212

22—John Miller (22)............ 74................ 123............ 197

35—Bryan O’Connell (4)..... 88................. 45............. 133

64—Chad Levitan (4).......... 27................. 26............... 53

71—Taylor Rothgeb (6)....... 23................. 20............... 43

Trevor Thomas (11)............. 11................. 24............... 35

Doug Yeates (2)................... 6.................. 26............... 32

Mike Curry (1)...................... 14................. 15............... 29

Spencer Brendel (2)............ 15................. 10............... 25

Derek Grimes (1)................. 13................. 11............... 24

Marty Flichel (2).................... 7.................. 16............... 23

Sinjin Thomas (7).................. 8.................. 14............... 22

Bryan Winkler (9).................. 9.................. 12............... 21

Jordan Pritchett (5).............. 10.................. 8................ 18

Danny Ward (5).................... 5.................. 12............... 17

Justin Taylor (2).................... 9................... 4................ 13

Jackson Morgus (2)............. 9................... 4................ 13

Zak Greenawalt (5)............... 2.................. 11............... 13

Justin Videen (1)................... 4................... 5.................. 9

David Dredge (1).................. 1................... 8.................. 9

Drew Punnett (1).................. 3................... 4.................. 7

Ryan Thomson (11).............. 0................... 8.................. 8

Max Kwok (1)....................... 2................... 4.................. 6

Tyson Cox (1)....................... 2................... 4.................. 6

Greg Chapman (1)................ 0................... 6.................. 6

Drew Barsch (1)................... 0................... 4.................. 4

Chase Evangelista (1).......... 2................... 0.................. 2

David Kvapil (1).................... 1................... 1.................. 2

Alex Redmond (1)................. 0................... 2.................. 2

Jay Taylor (1)....................... 0................... 2.................. 2

Liam Jablonski (1)................ 0................... 2.................. 2

Brad Miller (1)....................... 1................... 0.................. 1

Brandon Holmes (1)............. 0................... 1.................. 1

Dimitri DeBlanco (1)............. 0................... 1.................. 1

Blake Haggett (1).................. 0................... 0.................. 0

Alex Lambert (1)................... 0................... 0.................. 0

Taylor Crawford (1).............. 0................... 0.................. 0

Tom Bardis (1)...................... 0................... 0.................. 0




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