Miners hockey squad loses regular season finale
Ryan Summerlin February 4, 2014
Sometimes there’s just no explanation for stuff. "Cheese food." Your appendix. The Theory of Relativity (if you can explain that, you’re not reading this). Why Kim Kardashian is famous. Brussels sprouts. Why the "g" is silent in gnome. The point of mosquitoes. Why the I is before the E except after C
Or how the Park City High School hockey team lost 4-1 to a .500 Utah County Independent North team last Thursday night in Provo.
It was Park City’s first loss of the season in the team’s regular season finale. And to add to the "some splainin’ to do" theme, UCI North had lost its three previous games to teams that the Miners had crushed by a collective total of 38-0.
Charlie Slusher, father of PCHS senior Zach Slusher, summed it up best afterwards. "Sometimes, no matter what you do, no matter how many shots you have on goal, or how well you play, nothing goes in and you lose," he said.
Despite outshooting the Warriors 31 to 17, with about half of the Park City shots being excellent scoring opportunities, the Miners could only get one shot past UCI North goalie Scott Scoville. That goal came early in the second period when senior wing TJ Mayo scored unassisted. Otherwise, it took one Warrior first-period goal and two second-period goals to seal the deal (the fourth goal came with an empty PC net).
Park City Head Coach Aaron Dufford thought his team controlled the majority of the game as evidenced by the shot totals, but he wasn’t pleased with aspects of the game. "We didn’t have consistency in output through each line and we had defensive blunders that hurt us," he explained. "I felt we came out at 60 percent and stayed there all night. Even at 60 percent we controlled a majority of the game, but it shows that you need to come with 100 percent each night or else you can be surprised and find it difficult to overcome a deficit."
So, the Miners finish the regular season at 9-1, 13-1 overall on the year. Park City ends up as the champion of the Southern Division of Utah High School Hockey; Viewmont is the champion of the Northern Division. Park City has earned a bye in the first round on Wednesday, Feb. 5 (the team is playing a practice game versus the Regulators U16 travel team at the PC Ice Arena at 6:30 p.m.). The Miners will play their second round game on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the PC rink against the winner of the Judge/Herriman game. Please make plans to grab some friends and pack the ice arena for the final home game of the 2013/14 season!