Still, some teams in Utah high school hockey rely on just a couple players to produce virtually all of the team's scoring. Problem is, those players, unlike a star point guard in basketball, can't be on the ice the entire game.
That team-vs.-single-star philosophy was put to the test Wednesday night at the Park City Ice Arena when the Bingham Miners rolled into town to play the Miners. This night, you could chalk one up for the team concept as Park City dominated play, winning 8-5 and moving to 6-1 on the season.
Bingham was led by its phenom, Cody Bohin, who is averaging 4.5 goals and one assist a game. Through six games, Bohin now has 33 points; the second highest scorer on the Bingham team has just eight points.
In contrast, Park City's top point getter through six games is TJ Mayo with 18 points (six goals and 12 assists). Second is Casey Sederman with 17 points. Third is Harry Hanskat with 12 points, followed by Will Radovan and Carson Walker, each with 11, and Noah Pranschke with 10.
So, on Wednesday night it was kind of like 13 on 1. Only in a kung fu movie can a guy overcome those kinds of odds.
As if to make their point about team emphasis (here you could start softly singing "We Are Family"), the Miners' eight goals were scored by seven different players. Of Bingham's five goals, Bohin scored four and assisted on the fifth.
From the outset, Park City again dominated possession but couldn't get the puck in the net early. Bohin took advantage of the extra ice space when Park City was on a penalty kill three minutes in, scoring unassisted to put Bingham up 1-0.
But chanting, "There's no 'I' in team but there's an 'I' in Bohin" (OK, they weren't chanting, but they could've been), Park City then took over, with junior wing Mayo scoring from Hanskat at 7:20, followed by junior center August Masquelier from freshman wing Sam Amidon at 5:32. Two minutes later junior defenseman David Jenkins, set up by Masquelier, ripped a slap shot from the point to put Park City up 3-1. Sophomore wing Nixon Barber then finished the period with a chip-in goal in front of the Bingham net at :42, set up by junior defenseman Robbie Derber. It was Park City 4, Bingham 1 after the first.
From that point, the result never seemed in doubt. The only question was if Park City could keep Bohin from scoring like he was wearing out the "special move" button on his Xbox while playing NHL '13. He managed to get three more goals and set up a fourth, but every time he did, a different Park City player stepped up to answer.
In the second, it was junior Eric Stevning's beauty of a wrist shot from the left slot, set up by sophomore wing Zac Polukoff. Then Polukoff added one of his own, assisted by Masquelier. Through two it was 6-2 Park City.
In the third, Bohin's two goals and one assist were answered by senior Casey Sederman's two goals for Park City. Final score: Park City 8, Bingham 5.
The pre-Thanksgiving game featured a huge crowd with tons of raucous PCHS students. The Miners will need that same kind of support through the December schedule, as the team positions itself for the seeded games against the northern division in January and the playoffs in February. The Miners play Herriman down at the County Ice Arena in Murray Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:45, and then return home on December 5 against powerful Timpanogos. To stay up to date with the team, "like" its Facebook page, Park City Miners High School Hockey.