Miners beat the stripes off the Bengals 14-2
"Do you like my hat trick?
No, I do not.
Obviously reliving the halcyon days of their youth and repeated readings of the P.D. Eastman book "Go, Dog. Go!," members of the Park City High School hockey team put this very question to the Brighton Bengals, their opponents Wednesday night, Dec. 12, at the Cottonwood Heights Ice Arena.
The answer? A 14-2 thrashing of the Bengals, where each member of Park City’s No. 1 line of Harry Hanskat, TJ Mayo, and Casey Sederman tallied a hat trick on the way to scoring 11 goals as a line. The win moved Park City to 9-1 on the season and kept the team tied atop the southern division of Utah high school hockey.
Alas, some readers may be at a loss for the meaning of "hat trick." They didn’t grow up idolizing the likes of Alex Delvecchio or Yvan Cournoyer and probably don’t know the difference between a toe drag and toe jam.
When a player scores three goals in a single game, it’s called a "hat trick." Unfortunately the term originated in, uh, cricket. The Oxford English Dictionary cites: "The feat of a bowler who takes three wickets by three successive balls: originally considered to entitle him to be presented by his club with a new hat or some equivalent."
Whatever the heck that means, it seems like you should get more than a hat for doing it.
In hockey, when the third goal is netted, fans toss their hats down onto the ice in honor of the scorer. The way pucks were flying into the net Wednesday night, had the Park City fans in attendance followed that protocol, a person would’ve thought he stumbled into a college graduation.
Senior scoring machine Sederman was first on the score sheet at the 10:28 mark of the first period, off a feed from Mayo. Then Mayo set up Hanskat at 7:55. Taking matters into his own hands, Mayo added an unassisted goal at 5:44.
Then, with just three minutes left in the period, Matias Tomczyk, who only started playing hockey in summer 2011 and was called up to the varsity for this game due to the absences of four starters, stuffed in a rebound for his first-ever varsity goal. Park City 4, Brighton 0 after one period.
The second period opened like the first, with Sederman scoring in the opening minute. Then Hanskat got his hat trick first, adding two more goals, one on a beautiful top shelf backhand. Junior winger Zack Slusher, also called up for the game, added the period’s final goal on a breakaway. It was 8-0 Park City after two.
In the third, things got a little chippy and the Miners poured it on to make a point. Sederman added two (to make four for the game), Hanskat one (also four for the game), and Mayo two (three for the game). Just for good measure, freshman wing Will Miele added the 14th goal with 27 seconds left. Final: Park City 14, Brighton 2.
During this scoring gluttony, Park City goalie Brent O’Connell wasn’t exactly stressed out at the other end of the rink. O’Connell faced only eight shots in the game, as the collapsing Miner defense was stellar once again.
Still, Park City Head Coach Aaron Dufford knows he needs a sharp O’Connell down the stretch. "Goaltending is a key part of any hockey recipe. You don’t add enough salt and you can ruin the meal," said Dufford, sounding more like Bobby Flay than Scotty Bowman. "Our goaltending core has kept us in every game and allowed us to maintain leads throughout the year. Brighton seemed to be suffering from not enough salt. Goaltenders can win or lose championships."
The Miners return home to the Park City Ice Arena Wednesday, Dec. 19, for a 7 p.m. game against the Utah County North Warriors. This will be the final game of the regular season, leading into three January exhibition games against the playoff teams from the northern division, followed by the actual playoffs in February. Make plans to get to the rink and do a little jingle-bell rockin’ in the house! And remember, to keep up with the team "like" the Park City Miners High School Hockey page on Facebook!
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