Glynn’s hat trick propels West Valley hockey to victory in season-opener
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Polar Ice Arena consisted of skaters both on the ice and on the bench Thursday, just as things should be in Fairbanks, Alaska. With the extended offseason, all players and coaches involved were excited to hit the ice for the first time during the 2020-21 academic school year. In their first competition, West Valley’s Dylan Glynn was clearly excited, scoring a goal just 29 seconds after the puck dropped on their season. This would be the first of three goals for Glynn, leading the Division I Wolfpack to a 5-2 victory over the Division II Monroe Catholic Rams in the season-opener.
A busy first period ensued, as West Valley’s Jacob Dougherty spun 180 degrees and fired a shot in front of the net that landed top shelf, and it was 2-0 Wolfpack. However, Monroe was not going to go away easy, as Miles Fowler forced a turnover and took care of the rest himself, getting an unassisted goal past West Valley’s Luke Hartman to trim the deficit to 2-1. The Rams continued to put on the pressure with Lane Lannet charging downhill, maneuvering the puck between the defenders legs, and lighting the lamp to knot the game at two goals apiece.
Still in the opening period, Glynn corralled a rebound in front of the net and punched it in, for what would ultimately be the game-winning goal. Gylnn would make it a hat trick midway through the third period, with two of his goals assisted by Jacob Knowles. Tylar Hoffert also got in on the action for the Red and Gold, scoring an insurance goal in the second off the stick of Spencer Vivlamore.
Hartman got the win in net, swatting away 19 of 21 shots sent his way. Monroe’s Jimmy Packee had a strong performance between the pipes, keeping the Rams in the game with 27 saves. West Valley hopes to bring this momentum into their contest with Lathrop on Thursday, while Monroe looks to bounce back against North Pole on Wednesday. All games this year are at 3 p.m. at the Polar Ice Arena with limited fans.
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