When you're outscoring opponents by double digits, when you're allowing only a handful of shots on your own goal, when you're holding the puck in the other team's end for longer periods of time than the stars of Duck Dynasty went to elementary school, you're not exactly the most gracious host. This time of year, you could even call it Grinch-like.
That was the story Wednesday night, Dec. 18, at the Park City Ice Arena as the Park City High School hockey team posted another dominating performance in a 10-1 win over Corner Canyon. This night, even Cindy Loo Who couldn't have warmed the cold hearts of the Miners, as they out-shot the Chargers 31 to 10. It was Park City's 11th win of the season without a single loss.
But, like the Grinch, the Miners showed the holiday spirit after the game, when they gathered up toys and stuffed animals for the team's first charity drive to benefit Toys for Tots in Salt Lake, St. Mary's Food Bank/Outreach in Park City, and The Christmas Box House in Salt Lake. A total of 12 huge bags of toys and stuffed animals were collected. The donation drive was in coordination with Corner Canyon and will be continued in the future.
On the ice, with only three more regular season games remaining, Park City is beginning to turn its focus to the playoffs. Miner coach Aaron Dufford has been bringing up additional players from Park City's two junior varsity teams to give them varsity time in case they are needed for the playoffs.
"We need to have a team that is deep enough to achieve despite possible injuries and sickness," he said afterwards.
Moreover, he's working on the team's mindset. In a speech to the team after the game, he addressed that.
"We are a good team," he said to the team, "but we have not proven to be a great team. Our past two years we have had good, promising teams but have failed down the stretch. We will continue to be a good, strong team until we prove we are great.
Dufford is worried about some players looking at their stats, rather than the success of the team.
"We don't have room for individualism. We don't have room for personal goals," he continued. "We need a team that puts itself above individual efforts. It's going to take everyone pulling in the same direction."
Pulling in the same direction wasn't a problem Wednesday. As has happened in some games, Park City dominated play early on, but couldn't get the puck in the net. Junior wing Will Radovan tallied the team's two first period goals on feeds from David Jenkins and Will Miele. One defensive lapse allowed a Charger goal to end the period 2-1 Park City. It was the closest a game has been since early in the season.
But then Whoville really got its Grinch on, so to speak. Park City added four goals in the second and four in the third to steal any thoughts of an upset. Junior wing Derek Sederman had two goals, along with single tallies from Carson Walker, Zach Slusher, Harry Hanskat, Nixon Barber, Zac Polukoff, and Robbie Derber.
That wraps up the 2013 portion of the PCHS schedule, with the next game in three weeks on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at the Park City Ice Arena at 6:30 p.m. The playoffs will begin on Feb. 5.