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Wolfpack hockey team edges Malemutes to end first half of season

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Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:13 am

FAIRBANKS — The West Valley Wolfpack ended the first half of the high school hockey season on a high note, edging the rival Lathrop Malemutes 2-1 Friday night at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center.

“It was a good way for the kids to end the first half and go into the break,” West Valley coach Wayne Sawchuk said late Friday evening. “It was a good game for the fans.”

Ty Munson scored the game-winning goal for the Wolfpack, snapping a 1-1 tie with about seven minutes left in the third period. Erik Weber and Logan Arpino assisted on the score.

Stoshie Skorulski got West Valley on the scoreboard with about 2 minutes left in the first off assists from Weber and Zack Savereide.

Lathrop struck back and tied the game on a goal by Logan Parsley.

West Valley goaltender Matt Taylor made 17 saves on the night, while Lathrop netminder Ian Morey registered 28 saves.

“Lathrop made it tough on us to play,” Sawchuk said. “They clogged up the passing lanes and did the simple things that frustrated our guys at times.”

The Wolfpack ended the first half of the season with a 9-1-1 record and a 4-0 mark in the Railbelt Conference. West Valley’s only loss came against state powerhouse Dimond.

Lathrop’s Dec. 21 game against the North Pole Patriots will be rescheduled in the second half of the season, which starts in early January.

Delta falls

Houston’s Lane Styers scored four goals and Jonnathan Lovelace added three as the Hawks raced to a 9-4 Greatland Conference high school hockey victory at the Delta Junction Huskies on Friday in Delta.

The Hawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first period, then the teams each scored four times in the final two period.

Kyle Quincy and Tyson Shuey accounted for the other two Houston goals. Mike Spidel had three assists for the Hawks.

Craig Hennagar scored Delta Junction’s first three goals and Jared Smith had the other. Drew Renard had two assists for the Huskies and John Warren had one.

Houston goalie Aaron Alred stopped 21 shots and Delta goalie Bryce Ward made 37 saves.

The two teams are scheduled to play again this morning.

Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.

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