FAIRBANKS-There was a double header at the Big Dipper yesterday and the both ended being lopsided victories.
In the night cap West Valley had their senior night. They recognized seniors Ethan Cadzow, John Pierce, Casey Lewandoski and Keegan O'Brien before the puck drop.
When the puck did drop the West Wolfpack wasted no time scoring. They put to pucks in net before two minutes ticked off the game clock. Just 1:21 in and sophomore Stoshie Skorulski weaved through three Lathrop defenders and fired one past Lathrop goalie Ryan Ebanel at point blank range in the crease for a 1-0 Wolfpack lead. 32 seconds later Lewandoski scored a on some redirect action from a Tyler Deweese shot.
Ebenal tighented up a bit with some gorgeous saves in the period but West Valley would deny him a potential 2-0 period. Ebenal thought he had a save after a puck hit his chest but he couldn't grab the puck as it tumbled to the ice and Caleb Moretz was for the Wolfpack to tap it in. That goal came at the 5:33 mark of the first and the Wolfpack took a 3-0 lead into the second period.
West Valley quickly got another goal to start the second period. Gabe Rankin scored 2:27 into the period after an Ethan Daniels assist. It's 4-0 West Valley.
Wolfpack goalie Lane Wood had a double digit save night and he had a nice kick save in the second period thwarting what looked like a good chance a the breakaway by Lathrop's Chad Horn.
Lathrop would finally break through in the third period with a goal by Cameron Walker to prevent the Wood shutout but the damage had been done at that point.
The Wolfpack tacked on another goal by Skorulski in the third and West Valley wins 5-1 on senior night. Skorulski had two goals and an assist to pace the Wolfpack.
The two rivals could meet again at the MAC Regionals next weekend.
Monroe's Nathaniel Brose had a senior night to remember in the earlier game at the Dipper. The Rams were facing the Houston Hawks who are undefeated in the Aurora conference. Brose made 48 saves but the Hawks earned a resounding 7-1 victory.
Brose made some nice stops in front of the net then the Hawks decided to try shooting from a distance and it worked. Jaden Sears scored two blue line goals on opposite sides of the ice four mimutes apart to give Houston a 2-0 lead in the last six minutes of the first period.
The Rams were still in the game trailing 0-2 but the Hawks got two goals in the first minute of the second period. Patrick Thistle was awarded a goal for Houston by the refs after Brose attempted a sve on the ground. The Refs signaled that the puck crossed the goaline before Brose got on top of it. Only few seconds passed before Chase Ball scored from the slot with a slapshot courtest of a Thistle assist.
A little later in the period with Monroe trailing 0-4 Mike Coiley, the Rams freshman, tried to rally the team with a long distance goal of his own to get Monroe in the scoring column.
Houston answered as Thistle and John Lovelace converted a short handed breakaway. Thistle got a turnover at the blue line and passed to Lovelace who scored from the left circle falling down to put the exclamation point on a 7-1 win over Monroe spoiling their senior night.