FAIRBANKS-In high school hockey last night it was the Dog Bowl On Ice. West Valley and Lathrop facing off at the Patty Center Ice Arena. The Wolfpack were the aggressors throughout this one.
Mike Olsen scored at the 6:30 mark of the first to get things started for the Wolfpack.
1:30 later Ethan Daniels with the wrap around goal. 2-0 Wolfpack. Just over a minute after that Calvon Boots scores this power play goal, one of his two goals, he added a helper. 3-0 West Valley after that one.
Caleb Moretz scored on a redirect in the second then Dixon scored from distance, he also had two scores for West Valley.
In the third Chad Horn found Josh Clifton to prevent the shut out but the Wolfpack blowout Lathrop 9-1. Six different players scored for West Valley. Lane Wood and Brayden Deweese combined for 10 saves on 11 Lathrop shots.
West Valley is 7-1-1 while Lathrop falls to 2-5.
"I thought it was going to be real close game going into the third period but we were able to pull away," Dixon said. "We just worked hard, we were able to win the battles, get to the dirty areas and get the puck to the net."
"We just passed the puck well, played well as team, just dominated the game pretty much," Boots said.
"You never know with Lathrop and West Valley," Wolfpack head coach Wayne Sawchuck said. "I've been on both sides of that where you're better on paper you come in and you lose and you're not as good on paper, you come in and win. We didn't know what to expect. We wanted to control what we could control and I thought we played pretty disciplined and we had some puck luck. Nice to see the puck go in the net tonight."