On Wednesday night at the Park City Ice Arena, a person simply looking at the final scoreboard could have been confused. It looked as if Park City won by two touchdowns and a safety. Actually, it was just a boatload of goals as the final score read Park City 16, Riverton 0.
There were more points going around than in a canasta tournament at Leisure World. All told, 30 points (goals and assists) were handed out in the Miners' bludgeoning of the Silver Wolves.
The night was odd from the get-go. First, the Riverton goalie was unable to play due to injury (possibly due to overexposure to vulcanized rubber). So Park City's junior varsity goalie, Cameron Kincaid, took the net for the Silver Wolves. It was a different mindset for the Park City shooters to be shooting on their own guy.
And Kincaid was up to the task, stopping 25-of-28 Park City first-period shots. Word was that Kincaid had used a medium to channel both Terry Sawchuk and Patrick Roy just before the game.
At the other end, starting his first varsity game of the season for the Miners, was Jackson Mercer. Mercer returned to Park City this season after spending last season in Texas. But this night he would have gotten more action on a shrimp boat in Galveston. Riverton managed only four shots on Jackson the entire game, all of which he stopped.
Park City senior wing Casey Sederman continued his great play, scoring the Miners' first two goals. The first was set up by senior defenseman Bryant Lo Re and the second by his linemate, junior center Harry Hanskat. All told, Sederman ended up with four goals; Hanskat assisted on three of them.
Junior wing Carson Walker (who also ended up with four goals) scored the third goal of the first period, rewarding the solid puck control of his line with junior center Nixon Barber and freshman Will Miele. Barber and Miele, in particular, worked puck possession magic behind the net making it seem like Park City was on a perpetual power play.
Still, thanks to Kincaid, Riverton was only down 3-0 after one period.
That story continued through the first four minutes of the second period, but then Sawchuk and Roy must have called and asked for their goaltending personas back. Or else Kincaid just couldn't endure the lack of Riverton defensive prowess. Whatever the cause, Park City scored 12 second-period goals on Kincaid beginning with a wrist shot from junior center August Masquelier (assisted by junior linemate Noah Pranschke) 3:56 into the period.
Freshman defenseman Jesse Guyer, called up to fill in for some varsity absences, had a great first varsity game, scoring a hat trick in quick succession late in the second period. Other big point-getters were junior TJ Mayo with a goal and three assists, Hanskat with four assists, Barber with two assists, and Miele with a goal and an assist.
In spite of the night of scoring for Park City (now 3-0 on the season, with a scoring differential of 31-1), head coach Aaron Dufford told his players afterwards not to get too thrilled with themselves.
"Our upcoming games won't be like this one," Dufford said, referring to games on the horizon against Bingham, Timpanogos and Uintah, three teams sure to vie for the state crown with Park City.
Park City's next game is Monday, Nov. 5, against the talented Metro Stars Independent team at Steiner Ice Arena in Salt Lake. Game time is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. To stay up to date with the team, "like" its Facebook page at Park City Miners High School Hockey.