North Pole led by Livingston’s 4 goals to kick-start high school hockey season

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 6:49 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The North Pole Patriots opened the hockey season in Region VI with a 7-2 drumming over the Lathrop Malemutes. Payton Livingston set the tone for North Pole’s offense with four goals at the Polar Ice Arena.

The Patriots, along with Lathrop, West Valley and Monroe Catholic, are playing all of their games this season at the Polar due to hockey centers in Fairbanks being difficult to secure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Patriots showed they were ready to play with Livingston getting a hat trick within the opening period. Lathrop had their chances as they fired off 50 shots throughout the match, but Nic Clark proved too much to get through.

“He worked really hard. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have been in that game.” said Livingston about Clark’s efforts against Lathrop.

Clark was on fire, stopping many of Lathrop’s attacks with 48 saves. Lathrop may have only faced 20 shots, but the seven goals they surrendered left the Purple and Gold with a save percentage of 74%.

This was the first high school action in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District since the volleyball season ended in November. Earlier this month, the school district released their plans for activities to return this semester in the midst of the pandemic.

“It is good because I know most players out of Alaska aren’t having a season because of COVID so it is just good to get on the ice.” said Livingston.

The Patriots will take their high-powered offense into a match-up next week on the 27th against the Monroe Catholic Rams while Lathrop will take on the West Valley Wolfpack on the 28th at the Polar Ice Arena in North Pole.

Score Summary:

Period (Team)PlayerTime
1st (North Pole)G: Payton Livingston (1)8:01
1st (North Pole)G: Payton Livingston (2)7:39
1st (Lathrop)G: Fletcher Burnett (1) A: Jagan Nautiyal (1)6:41
1st (North Pole)G: Payton Livingston (3) A: Kayden Walker (1)5:02
2nd (North Pole)G: Payton Livingston (4) A: Blayne Jusczak (1)12:47
2nd (North Pole)G: Mason Wilbur (1)10:54
2nd (Lathrop)G: John Sauer (1) A: Darshan Nautiyal (1) A: Kolt Gutzman (1)7:15
3rd (North Pole)G: Mack Sterner (1)14:34
3rd (North Pole)G: Mason Wilbur (2) A: Daigen Johnson (1)10:28

Goalie Saves Summary:

Player (Team)1st2nd3rdTotal
Nic Clark (North Pole)9211648
Evan Imus (Lathrop)49720

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