FAIRBANKS — The West Valley Wolfpack got off to a fast start and rolled to an 8-0 Railbelt Conference boys high school hockey victory against the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Thursday afternoon at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
West Valley scored five goals in the first period to take control, then added two more scores in the second and one in the third to secure the win.
“We got off to a great start with five goals in the first period,” Wolfpack coach Wayne Sawchuk said. “We played smart hockey with good puck intensity around the net.”
Eric Weber and Zack Savereide led West Valley offensive onslaught as each collected two goals and an assist.
Mike Olsen, Ty Munson, Zach Ahiers and Casey Lewandowski each lit the lamp once for the Wolfpack.
Todd Hallsten registered three assists, while Taylor Sawchuk and Stoshie Skorulski each contributed a pair of helpers to the winning cause.
Other assists went to Munson, Ahiers, Logan Arpino, Chris Nicolai and Christian Schafer.
Matt Taylor stopped all five shots that came his way to record the shutout for West Valley.
Juneau goaltenders Colton Pritchard and Griffin Bozarth combined to make 30 saves.
West Valley hosts Colony at 7 this evening at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center.
The Wolfpack will play Juneau again at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Patty Center.
In junior varsity action, West Valley recorded respective 6-3 and 12-1 wins against Juneau on Wednesday and Thursday.
North Pole scored its lone goal in the first four minutes of the third period, but the Patriots couldn’t come up with the equalizer and dropped a hard-fought 2-1 nonconference decision to the Colony Knights on Thursday evening at the Polar Ice Center in North Pole.
Colony went ahead 1-0 in first period on a goal by Stephen Kempinski, with assists going to Cy Eller and Curtis Foster.
The Knights made it 2-0 in the second on an unassisted goal.
North Pole took advantage of a power play to pull within one as Blake Wade found the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season with an assist to Carmon Teel.
“We played much better tonight,” said North Pole coach Stuart Zimmerman. The Patriots dropped an 8-0 decision to Juneau-Douglas on Wednesday evening.
“The difference was like night and day,” Zimmerman said. “We played a good team game and solid defensive hockey.”
North Pole senior goaltender Ian Hancock stopped 22 shots, while Colony goalie Colton Beebe registered 11 saves.
North Pole gets another shot at Juneau-Douglas when the two teams meet again at 7 tonight at the Polar Ice Center.
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