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State High School Hockey Championship Tournament Underway
Sun Valley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )
10 hockey teams from around the state are competing in the 2014 IAHA State High School Hockey Tournament.
The only local team, the Sun Valley Suns, kicking off their title hunt early this morning against Skyline.
A tight match–up through two periods, but the Suns separate themselves during a 46 second stretch where they scored three times on route to a four goal victory
Gus Conrad, captain of the Suns, notes he "Couldn't ask for a better win right now to set ourselves up for the next game. We're just going to take it game by game and hopefully pull out the win."
Over the course of the three day tournament, 23 games will be played in total, making for non–stop action here at Sun Valley Ice Rink.
Says head coach of the Suns Tim Jeneson, "It's going to be a long tournament it could potentially be 6 games in 3 days so we rolled 4 lines in the 3rd period and it ended up working for us."
The team doesn’t take home ice for granted.
Says Jeneson, "The advantage we have is we're at 6,000 feet, which most teams aren't used to so hopefully at the end of the tournament it's going to make a difference."
Yet, no team is safe in round robin play.
John Heinrich, President of IAHA explains, "Competition is getting better every year. Boise teams are always tough and Idaho Falls is becoming pretty prominent."
Conrad adds, "All the teams that have come out are great teams. We played most of them and they've been competitors and I just can't wait to see how we match up against them."
Play continues on Saturday beginning at 7 in the morning and going until 11 in the evening.
On Sunday, the championship game will be played at 2 in the afternoon.