FAIRBANKS — West Valley opened its high school hockey season with a 7-2 triumph against the Hutchison Hawks Saturday afternoon at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
Ty Munson scored a pair of goals to lead the class 4A Wolfpack offensive attack against the Small Schools state champion Hawks.
“I thought we played pretty well for our first game of the year,” West Valley coach Wayne Sawchuk said Saturday night. “We still have some things to work on, but overall I’m pleased as a coach.”
Eric Weber, Taylor Sawchuk, Mason Graves, Zack Savereide and Calvon Boots added goals for West Valley. It was the first goal of Boots’ high school career.
Stoshie Skorluski was the only Wolfpack player with two assists.
Brandon Rustad scored twice for the Hawks in the third.
West Valley goalie Matt Taylor made eight saves, and backup Lane Wood recorded two saves.
Dan Slane stopped 28 shots for Hutchison, which lost two games to Class 4A schools to open the season.
West Valley plays West Anchorage Thursday and Dimond Friday in Fairbanks.
“That will be a real good test for us,” Sawchuk said of the showdown with Dimond.
Hutchison heads to Homer next weekend to play in the End of the Road Tournament.
The North Pole Patriots could only generate a power-play goal in the second period Friday against the host Soldotna Stars on the second day of the Peninsula Challenge. It wasn’t enough as Soldotna skated to a 6-1 win.
Freshman wing Wyatt Conrow scored for North Pole (1-1-0) with assists from junior wing Morgan Conrow and senior defenseman Jonathan Slater.
Senior goaltender Alan Heineken stopped 19 of 23 shots and sophomore Ian Hancock, who took over midway in the third period, turned away eight of 10 shots.
“It was one of those games where we honestly beat ourselves,” North Pole coach Stuart Zimmerman said from Soldotna.
The Patriots were assessed three double minors for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Saturday, North Pole dropped a 4-2 decision to the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears. Details of the game were not available Saturday evening.