FAIRBANKS — What a difference a day made for the Monroe Catholic Rams high school hockey team.
After suffering a 4-1 loss at the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears Friday night, the Rams put it all together Saturday night and rolled to a 9-0 nonconference victory.
“The bottom line is, we came out and played a full game tonight,” Monroe Catholic coach Kirk Haman said from Juneau Saturday night. “We learned our lesson from last night (Friday).”
“Friday night we beat them for 40 of 45 minutes, but gave up four goals in that five minutes,” Haman added. “Tonight (Saturday) we beat them the entire game.
Monroe Catholic used two hat tricks, a five-assist performance by Kyle Coiley and 23 saves from Nathaniel Brose to secure the victory.
Defenseman Joseph Rauenhorst and forward Jacob Heard each scored three goals apiece to lead the offensive onslaught. Hebard had two assists and Rauenhorst had one.
Hunter Haman and Carson Keyes each delivered a goal and an assist for the Rams and Dylan Steele had a goal. The Rams registered 26 shots on goal.
Four of Monroe’s goal came on the power play.
“We moved the puck well and finished today,” Haman said. “All the way around it was a much better effort.”
The Rams return to action at 3 p.m. Wednesday when they take on the Hutchison Hawks in a key Greatland Hockey Conference contest at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
West Valley wins
Eric Weber’s hat trick propelled West Valley to a 5-2 nonconference win over the Eagle River Wolves Saturday at the McDonald Center.
West Valley scored four goals in the first six minutes of the second period, three coming from Weber and one from Mike Olsen. Ty Munson tacked on a third-period goal for the Wolfpack.
Dalton Gally and Quinn Hulse scored for Eagle River, which was outshot 21-16. West Valley goalie Matt Taylor stopped 14 shots and Eagle River goalie Justin Lopez made 15 saves.
West Valley returns home to host the Lathrop Malemutes in a key Railbelt Conference game Saturday night at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center.
With less than two minutes remaining in overtime Saturday, Chugiak’s Nick Fussner struck for a game-winner to lift the Mustangs to a 2-1 victory against Lathrop in a nonconference boys hockey game at the McDonald Center.
Lathrop’s Max. Blankenship opened scoring with a power-play goal midway through the first period, and Chugiak’s Sam Hanson tied the score at 1-1 about a minute before first intermission.
Defense ruled for the next two scoreless periods. Chugiak goalie Jack Straub stopped 22 shots, and Lathrop goalie Ryan Ebenal generated 19 saves.
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