By Carli Saracino
Special to The Salt Lake Tribune
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – As Jonathon Larson skated away from the net, he pumped his fist in celebration of his goal while the E Center crowd erupted in cheers. Utah Grizzlies head coach Jason Christie almost let a “Papa Bear” smile creep onto his face as he watched the team pat Larson on the helmet.
Unlike most of the players under Christie’s watch, Larson is not a Grizzly.
He’s a Sky View Bobcat. The crowd was made up of about 100 fans, including Christie, and the goal was part of a 4-1 victory for Sky View over the Davis High Darts.
The Saturday game of the week was the first of three regular-season high school games to be played at the E Center a few hours before a Grizzlies’ game.
“It was a whole new experience,” Larson said after last week’s game.
Nick Labrum, another goal scorer for the Bobcats, said playing in the former Olympic venue was “overwhelming.”
“It was such a thrill to score on the same ice as the Grizzlies play on,” Labrum said.