FAIRBANKS—The Hutchison Hawks turned up their offense to overcome an early deficit and down the Monroe Catholic Rams 4-1 in Wednesday afternoon’s Greatland Conference high school hockey game at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
Dylan Sands helped trigger Hutchison’s rally, providing the game-tying goal and assisting on the game-winning power play marker by Brandon Rustad, who had two goals and an assist for the Hawks.
“We actually came out slow in the first period and they put a lot of pressure on us,” Hawks head coach Keith Bartusch said during a telephone interview.
“The second period was a much better effort. We got our forecheck going and we were maintaining our systems,” Bartusch added.
Rams forward Jacob Hebard produced the game’s first goal at 3:57 into the opening period with assists from Kyle Coiley and Joseph Rauenhorst. Sands knotted the score at 5:32 with a one-timer of a pass from Dylan Edwards.
Rustad deposited his power-play goal at 13:29 of the second, aided by JR Boots and Sands. He made it 3-1 at 17 seconds into the third period, set up by Logan Tanner.
Kevin Steffey sealed the win at 9:25, scoring in front of the crease with quick passes from Boots and Rustad.
Bartusch said Hutchison (3-1 Greatland, 9-4 overall) may be playing Saturday in Healy against Tri-Valley depending on the weather. The teams were scheduled to play there Dec. 1 but the game was called off because of extreme cold.
If the Hawks and the Viking Warriors don’t play this weekend, Hutchison is set to return to action at Glennallen on Jan. 4-5.
No games are scheduled today, but three games are slated for Friday. Delta Junction plays host to Houston at 6 p.m.; North Pole faces Bartlett in Anchorage at 6:45 p.m.; and Lathrop takes on West Valley at 7 p.m. at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center.
Contact staff writer Danny Martin at 459-7586.