Friday, November 30
SUNS 6, STINGERS 5
Sun Valley Suns
FIRST PERIOD—(1) SV, Max Tardy 1 (Sean O’Grady, Mike Curry), 2:49. (2) SV, Rasmus Andersson 1 (Chad O’Brien), 9:32. (3) SV, Doug Yeates 1 (Marty Flichel, DJ Robinson), 11:33. (4) Bozeman, Bridger Croft (Justin Cook, Ben Henne), 19:52.
SECOND PERIOD—(5) SV, O’Grady 1 (Curry, Flichel), 5:44, power play goal. (6) Bozeman, Dan Mascoveta (Ben Henne, Micky Knox), 7:44. (7) Bozeman, Ben Henne (Logan Henne), 17:33, power play goal. (8) SV, Andersson 2 (Dylan Shamburger, O’Brien), 19:04.
THIRD PERIOD—(9) Bozeman, Knox (Mascoveta), 2:00. (10) SV, Spencer Brendel 1 (Tardy), 3:52. (11) Bozeman, Ben Henne (Johnny Bonta), 6:17, power play goal.
SHOTS ON GOAL—Bozeman 14-19-9 for 42; Sun Valley 30-8-13 for 51.
GOALIES—Bozeman, Brock Vosburgh (first 40:47, final 16:08, 48 shots, 43 saves, 5 goals allowed) and Kurt Koski (3:05, 3 shots, 1 goal); Sun Valley, Bobby Bowden (37 saves, 1-0 record).
OFFICIALS—Matt Stone and Jeff Waetje (referees); Tyler Hanson and Alex Romashko (linesmen).
NOTES—The Suns skating picked up a notch after a turnover deep in their own zone followed by a Micky Knox goal narrowed the Suns lead to 5-4 two minutes into the third period. Great forechecking by the Justin Taylor forward line resulted in the eventual game-winning goal two minutes later. Setting up the goal with a deceptive move behind the Stingers net was Max Tardy. For all intents and purposes, Tardy looked like he was going to circle the net from left to right. Instead, he left the puck at the side of the net, and Spencer Brendel poked it home…..After Bozeman’s Ben Henne made it 6-5 with his second power-play goal, Rasmus Andersson and Dylan Shamburger both hit the pipe for Sun Valley, while Stingers goalie Brock Vosburgh was equal to a fine shorthanded attempt by Tardy and Taylor…….Suns coach John Burke has said about Bozeman, “They are a difficult team to play against. They come at you hard and play a physical game.”……Suns forward lines were Spencer Brendel-Justin Taylor-Max Tardy, Dylan Shamburger-Chad O’Brien-Rasmus Andersson, Ryan Enrico-Derek Grimes-Bryan O’Connell, DJ Robinson-Marty Flichel-Doug Yeates. On defense were Sean O-Grady-Mike Curry, Stephen Inman-Tyler Lovejoy, Eric Demment-Darrell Hay…….Bozeman forward lines from its sizable 19-player roster were Dan Mascoveta-Micky Knox-Ben Henne, Johnny Bonta-Eli Gillian-Logan Henne, Jeff Quay-Bridger Croft-Justin Cook, Bailey Collins-Pete McLane-Brennan Billis. Defensemen were John Gleason, Zach Stowell, Dan Malik, Mike Tiberi and Tom Hilbrich……Bozeman’s outstanding goalie was 26-year-old Brock Vosburgh, from Colorado Springs, Co. and the Rampart High School Rams. Vosburgh played for the Twin City Steel in 2011-12. He was also a thorn in the Suns’s side during the Black Diamond Hockey League tournament semi-final game last March 9 at Campion Ice House. Vosburgh made 36 saves during the 4-3 Suns victory, but the Stinger goalie held the Suns scoreless during the third period, and Ben Henne from Fairbanks, Ak. narrowed the deficit to 4-3 with a power play goal midway through the third period….Ben Henne ended up as the top weekend scorer with 2 power-play goals and 2 assists…
Saturday, December 1
SUNS 4, STINGERS 2
Sun Valley Suns
FIRST PERIOD—(1) SV, Derek Grimes 1 (Darrell Hay, Justin Taylor), 2:19, power play goal. (2) SV, Hay 1 (Sean O’Grady), 3:25, power play goal. (3) SV, Dylan Shamburger 1 (Rasmus Andersson, Tyler Lovejoy), 5:19.
SECOND PERIOD—(4) Bozeman, Johnny Bonta (Dan Mascoveta), 0:31, power play goal. (5) Bozeman, Bonta (Eli Gillian), 12:21.
THIRD PERIOD—(6) SV, DJ Robinson (Taylor), 19:04, empty net goal.
SHOTS ON GOAL—Bozeman 12-10-11 for 33; Sun Valley 17-9-11 for 37.
GOALIES—Bozeman, Brock Vosburgh (34 saves); Sun Valley, Matt Cooper (31 saves, 1-0 record).
OFFICIALS—Jeff Waetje and Matt Stone (referees); Alex Romashko and Eric Wingard (linesmen).
NOTES—Not playing tonight for the Suns were Mike Curry, Max Tardy, Ryan Enrico, Eric Demment and Bryan O’Connell……. Suns forward lines were Trevor Thomas-Marty Flichel-DJ Robinson, Spencer Brendel-Justin Taylor-Derek Grimes, Dylan Shamburger-Chad O’Brien-Rasmus Andersson, Taylor Rothgeb-Eli Conrad-Niels McMahon. On defense were Sean O’Grady, Stephen Inman-Tyler Lovejoy, Darrell Hay-Doug Yeates…….In their first home games of the 2018-19 sea son at Dobson Arena last weekend, the Vail (Co.) Yeti lost to the Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Moose 4-1 on Friday, Nov. 30, but the Yeti turned around and handed the Moose (5-1) their first loss of the season 5-1 on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Moose had swept Vail at home Nov. 16-17 by 10-1 and 8-4 scores.…….The 26-game Suns-Bozeman hockey series, in its eighth season, is one of the highest scoring of all Suns rivalries. The Suns boast a 22-4 advantage and have outscored the Stingers 159-93, meaning the Suns average 6.1 goals a game and Bozeman 3.6. There have been eight 1-goal outcomes, the Suns going 7-1 in those close games. The only 1-goal Suns loss took place on Campion ice in 2015, by a 5-4 score in overtime.……Both teams ended up 3-for-7 on power-play chances this weekend. But Bozeman with 12 penalty minutes tonight (26 weekend) spent more time in the Bad Bad Leroy Brown penalty box tonight, while the Suns only visited the Bigwood Bread box three times, all in the second period……The Suns with forwards like Chad O’Brien, Justin Taylor, DJ Robinson and Dylan Shamburger had a great penalty-kill in the final five minutes, protecting a 3-2 lead…..Stingers goalie Vosburgh left the net in favor of an extra attacker with 1:07 to play Friday night and with 1:10 left tonight…