hockey5

Sun Valley right wing Bryan O’Connell ducks underneath a Park City check and barges into the Pioneers zone during Friday’s 10-5 Suns win on resort ice.

     They’ve got the Bozeman Stingers and Park City Pioneers comfortably in their rear view mirror, and now the real fun begins for the unbeaten Sun Valley Suns hockey team.

     It’s full speed ahead for coach John Burke’s Suns who are heading down the road to the unfriendly Snow King Center barn in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

     There, Sun Valley will clash with the host Moose Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19-20 for the early-season leadership in the brand-new Black Diamond Hockey League. Opening faceoffs are set for 7:30 p.m.

     Consider two things as the Suns (4-0, 4-0 BDHL, outscoring opponents 34-18) lace up their skates up against the always-gnarly Moose (7-1, 5-1 league) at the location of March’s 2015 BDHL league tournament.

     The first? Jackson needs the home sweep, since they’ve lost once on home ice to the Stingers 4-3 on Nov. 21. The Suns wouldn’t complain much about a split, since they’ll host the Moose for a rematch Jan. 2-3.

     And the second? Some bad Snow King karma. The Suns haven’t won many games at Jackson Hole—six straight losses by a lopsided 35-14 combined score since their memorable 5-3 and 5-4 sweep in 2007.

     That Suns team went 23-1-0 for the season, yet only six players remain from it. They are goalie Ryan Thomson, captain Ryan Enrico, Jon Duval, Ivars Muzis, Eric Demment and Trevor Thomas.

     Jackson Hole leads the 14-year series 37-20-1 including a formidable 21-6-1 advantage in Wyoming. Things are different in the tighter quarters of Sun Valley, where the Moose improved their edge to 16-14 with last year’s 4-3 and 6-4 sweep.

     Coach Burke, still assembling his team, has no illusions about how tough it will be.

     He said after last weekend’s 10-5 and 7-3 sweep over the Park City Pioneers, “We had to get off to a good start, because we’re going into the tough part of our schedule and there are things we need to clean up.”

     Park City (0-6 league) didn’t provide much resistance after taking an early 2-1 lead in Friday’s match-up that benefited the Wood River Baseball and Softball Association.

     The Suns out-shot the Pioneers 69-47 for the weekend and out-pointed them 40-18 on the scoresheet. Newcomer Matt Puntureri scored four goals Friday, and former Idaho Steelheads star Marty Flichel added three goals Saturday.       Spencer Brendel chipped in with four assists. Ten different Suns scored, and the team celebrated three shorthanded goals.

     The first goal of the season by four-time defending Suns scoring champ Bryan O’Connell, shorthanded, ignited a string of five unanswered goals for a 6-2 lead Friday.

     Sun Valley breezed 10-5, netting its final two goals on identical breakaways by O’Connell, on a Derek Grimes pass, and by Chad Levitan, from Duval.

     On Saturday, the Suns led 5-1 by the time the game was 33 minutes old. First-year goalie Jeromy Semtner (22 saves) got his first start and joined Friday’s winner Ryan Thomson (17 saves) on the net platoon.

     “It’s nice to have the 1-2 punch in the goal,” said Burke. “We played good defense in the first and second periods (Saturday). There were times when we moved the puck well. Each game, we get a little better.”

     The Moose didn’t play last weekend after sweeping Denver at Snow King by 8-6 and 5-2 scores Dec. 5-6. Meanwhile, the Bozeman (Mt.) Stingers (1-3 league) will visit winless Park City in Utah Dec. 19-20.

     The “George Jacket” for the Pioneers weekend went to Mike “Lats” Latteri, the 5-11, 180-pound defenseman from Basking Ridge, N.J. and Ridge High School. Latteri skated in 2005-06 for the Oswego Admirals in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OPJHL).

     Burke said, “Going into the weekend “Lats” was our seventh defenseman. Every shift he got better and better to earn a spot. He hasn’t really played competitively since the OPJHL in his Junior As days.”

     The coach said he expected two other players to join the Suns at Jackson Hole.

     They are 28-year-old forward Jesse Felten from Cashton, Wisc. and left-shooting defenseman Aaron MacKenzie, a 6-0, 200-pounder from Terrace Bay, Ontario, Canada.

     Felten skated for Oswego Admirals the year after Latteri was there, in 2006-07, with 35 goals and 63 points in 49 games.

     He played a season for Briercrest College in Saskatchewan in 2008, with 14 goals. Felten spent the 2010-14 seasons in the Federal Hockey League with the New York and Brooklyn Aviators, and Dayton (Ohio) Demonz—scoring 117 goals/237 points in the FHL.

     MacKenzie played 157 games in four seasons for WCHA University of Denver from 1999-2003, with 73 points. He was an American Hockey League player from 2003-09 for Worcester, Peoria and Lake Erie, and spent two years playing in the Czech Republic and Austria.

     Most recently he was a Central Hockey League defenseman for Denver Cutthroats for two winters from 2012-14, helping the Cutthroats to the CHL finals this year.

     Check today’s Express Web site for Suns-Pioneers stats and updated team stats.

 

 

 

Suns Hockey Summary

 

suns 10, pioneers 5

FRIday, december 12

Park City Pioneers     2................ 1............ 2............... 5

Sun Valley Suns        4............... 3............ 3............... 10

 

FIRST PERIOD—(1) SV, Matt Puntureri 4 (Doug Yeates), 3:26. (2) Park City, Daniel Chang 1 (Nick Liotta, David Imonti), 4:30, power play goal. (3) Park City, Tom Gatta 2 (Liotta), 11:42. (4) SV, Bryan O’Connell 1 (Puntureri), 12:52, shorthanded goal. (5) SV, Marty Flichel 2 (Justin Taylor), 14:16, shorthanded goal. (6) SV, Taylor 2 (unassisted), 19:23.

SECOND PERIOD—(7) SV,  Puntureri 5 (Chad Levitan), 4:48. (8) SV, Puntureri 6 (Derek Grimes, Sinjin Thomas), 6:58, hat trick goal. (9) Park City, Evan Mackintosh 3 (Scotty John, Liotta), 10:28. (10) SV, Spencer Brendel 4 (Taylor, Flichel), 19:37.

THIRD PERIOD—(11) Park City, Mackintosh 4 (unassisted), 10:39. (12) SV, Puntureri 7 (Grimes), 10:47. (13) Park City, Gatta 3 (unassisted), 16:38. (14) SV, O’Connell 2 (Grimes), 17:54. (15) SV, Levitan 1 (Jon Duval), 19:32.

SHOTS ON GOAL—Park City 5-7-10 for 22; Sun Valley 11-12-12 for 35.

GOALIES—Park City, Eric Moldenhauer (25 saves, 0-4-0 record); Sun Valley, Ryan Thomson (17 saves, 3-0-0 record).

OFFICIALS—Bobby Noyes (referee), Eric Wingard and Tyler Hanson (linesmen).

FACEOFFS WON—Park City 3-4-8 for 15; Sun Valley 11-10-3 for 24.

NOTES—Suns coach John Burke had fewer forwards for this weekend’s BDHL series, so he skated three forward lines.…..Suns forward lines were starters Ryan Enrico-Chad Levitan-Tyson Cox/Sinjin Thomas, Justin Taylor-Marty Flichel-Spencer Brendel, Matt Puntureri-Derek Grimes-Bryan O’Connell. Starting defensemen were Doug Yeates and Danny Ward. Others on the blueline were Brian Dunford, Jamie Zaleski, Jon Duval and Mike Latteri.  Back-up goalie was Jeromy Semtner…....Pioneers forward lines were Colter Knapton-Tom Gatta-Jeremy Martinez, Daniel Chang-Evan Mackintosh-Brad Townsend, Sean Baron-Brandon Holmes-captain David Imonti. Defenseman were 6-9, 240-pound Todd Potempa from Chicago, Nick Liotta, Greg Gowen, Scotty John, Nick White, Henry Jensen and Elliott Faulkner. Back-up goalie was Steven Soto……

suns 7, PIONEERS 3

SATURday, december 13

Park City Pioneers     0................ 1............ 2............... 3

Sun Valley Suns        2............... 3............ 2............... 7

 

FIRST PERIOD—(1) SV, Ryan Enrico 2 (Eric Demment), 2:40. (2) SV, Derek Grimes 3 (Matt Puntureri, Danny Ward), 19:03.

SECOND PERIOD—(3) Park City, Daniel Chang 2 (Brad Townsend, Evan Mackintosh), 3:41. (4) SV, Marty Flichel 3 (Spencer Brendel, Ward), 10:33. (5) SV, Tyson Cox 1 (Chad Levitan, Mike Curry), 12:30. (6) SV, Flichel 4 (Brendel), 13:35, power play goal.

THIRD PERIOD—(7) Park City, Nick White 1 (Jeremy Martinez), 7:35, power play goal. (8) SV, Flichel 5 (Brendel, Doug Yeates), 12:16, shorthanded and hat trick goal. (9) Park City, Mackintosh 5 (Tom Gatta, Nick Liotta), 14:51, power play goal. (10) SV, Demment 1 (Brendel, Flichel), 16:02.

SHOTS ON GOAL—Park City 8-5-12 for 25; Sun Valley 14-10-10 for 34.

GOALIES—Park City, Eric Moldenhauer (27 saves, 0-5-0 record); Sun Valley, Jeromy Semtner (22 saves, 1-0-0 record).

OFFICIALS—Tyler Hanson (referee), Bobby Noyes and Dan Choma (linesmen).

FACEOFFS WON—Park City 5-6-9 for 20; Sun Valley 8-8-6 for 22.

NOTES—Top weekend Suns scorers were Matt Puntureri (4 goals, 2 assists), Marty Flichel (4 goals, 2 assists) and Spencer Brendel (1 goal, 4 assists). Ten different Suns skaters scored goals, and 12 different Suns had assists….Top Pioneer scorers were Evan Mackintosh (3 goals, 1 assist) and Nick Liotta (4 assists)…..For the weekend the Suns out-shot the Pioneers 69-47 and out-pointed them 40-18 on the scoresheet. The Suns had a 46-35 advantage on faceoffs won….This weekend’s benefit was the Wood River Baseball and Softball Association…..Marty Flichel notched his second Suns hat trick tonight. He entered the season with 7 goals and 16 assists in two seasons, and already has 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points…..Bryan O’Connell, Suns leading scorer for four straight years, didn’t have a goal entering Friday’s game, and scored twice in that contest. By doing so, he moved from 88 to 90 Suns career goals and surpassed five Suns on the all-time list—Dave Hutchinson (89), Phil Hoene (89), John Burke (89), Steve Bohner (88) and Bryan Korpi (88). “OC” is only the 15th Suns player to reach 90 career goals. Up ahead are Jimmy “Beets” Johnson (93), Luke Smith (95) and Chas Riopel (98)…..

 

2014-15 Sun Valley Suns statistics

4-0-0 overall (4-0-0 Black Diamond Hockey League): 4-0-0 home, 0-0-0 away

PLAYER.................. GAMES...... GOALS......... AST....... PTS....... PMIN

Spencer Brendel.......... 4.................. 4.................. 7........... 11............ 6.0

Matt Puntureri............... 4.................. 7.................. 3........... 10............ 0.0

Marty Flichel.................. 4.................. 5.................. 4............. 9............. 0.0

Derek Grimes................ 4.................. 3.................. 6............. 9............. 0.0

Christian Hanson......... 2.................. 5.................. 0............. 5............. 0.0

Bryan O’Connell........... 4.................. 2.................. 3............. 5............. 4.0

Danny Ward.................. 4.................. 0.................. 5............. 5............. 4.0

Justin Taylor.................. 4.................. 2.................. 2............. 4............. 4.0

Ryan Enrico.................. 4.................. 2.................. 1............. 3............. 0.0

Eric Demment............... 4.................. 1.................. 2............. 3............. 6.0

Mike Curry..................... 3.................. 1.................. 2............. 3............. 4.0

Chad Levitan................ 4.................. 1.................. 2............. 3............. 2.0

Doug Yeates................. 4.................. 0.................. 3............. 3............. 0.0

Jamie Zaleski................ 4.................. 0.................. 3............. 3........... 12.0

Taylor Rothgeb............. 1.................. 0.................. 0............. 0........... 12.0

Tyson Cox..................... 4.................. 1.................. 0............. 1............. 4.0

Jon Duval...................... 2.................. 0.................. 1............. 1............. 5.0

Sinjin Thomas............... 2.................. 0.................. 1............. 1............. 0.0

Brian Dunford............... 4.................. 0.................. 0............. 0............. 8.0

Matt Latteri..................... 2.................. 0.................. 0............. 0............. 0.0

Trevor Thomas............. 1.................. 0.................. 0............. 0............. 2.0

Ivars Muzis.................... 1.................. 0.................. 0............. 0............. 2.0

Ryan Thomson............. 3.................. 0.................. 0............. 0............. 0.0

Jeromy Semtner........... 1.................. 0.................. 0............. 0............. 0.0

GOALTENDER............................ GAMES...... GOALS....... W-L.... AVG.

Ryan Thomson.................................. 3................. 15........... 3-0-0..... 5.00

Jeromy Semtner................................ 1.................. 3............ 1-0-0..... 3.00

Shots—Thomson 85, Semtner 25. Saves—Thomson 70, Semtner 22. Shootout shots—0. Shootout saves—0. Shootout goals allowed—0. Shutouts—0. Empty net goals—0.

BY PERIODS          1ST         2ND         3RD         OT           TOT

Opposition..................... 3.................. 4................. 11............ 0....... 18, 4.5

Sun Valley.................... 10................. 9................. 15............ 0....... 34, 8.5

 

INDIVIDUAL MARKS

Two-goal games (4)—Christian Hanson 1, Matt Puntureri 1, Spencer Brendel 1, Bryan O’Connell 1.

Three-goal hat tricks (or more) (3)—Christian Hanson 1, Matt Puntureri (4 goals) 1, Marty Flichel 1.

Game-winning goals (0)—0.

Power play goals (3-16, 19%)—Justin Taylor 1, Christian Hanson 1, Marty Flichel 1.

Power play goals (opposition): 6-20, (30%).

Suns shorthanded goals (4)—Marty Flichel 2, Spencer Brendel 1, Bryan O’Connell 1.

Shorthanded goals (opposition): 0.

Season penalty minutes: SV 75, opponents 49.

 

GAME RESULTS

Total record: 4-0-0

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

Record in overtime: 0-0-0

Games scoring 9 or more goals: 2

Games scoring 7 or more goals: 4

Game results

December 5 (H)......... Sun Valley 8, Bozeman Stingers 5

December 6 (H)......... Sun Valley 9, Bozeman Stingers 5

December 12 (H)..... Sun Valley 10, Park City Pioneers 5

December 13 (H)....... Sun Valley 7, Park City Pioneers 3

Email the writer: sports@mtexpress.com

Load comments