Miners go into playoffs shorthanded | ParkRecord.com

Miners go into playoffs shorthanded

by Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

The Park City High School hockey team may be facing its first playoff game without its leading scorer and team captain, Michael Foster. Foster was injured when he was checked by a Bingham player in the last game of the regular season Jan. 20.

Hockey coach Bruce Foster said as of Monday, X-rays had not determined whether Michael Foster had a broken wrist and an MRI was being scheduled. Junior varsity player Michael Hubbard was expected to fill in for the already shorthanded team which has skated only two lines all season compared to three lines for most of the other teams. However, Hubbard is currently serving a four-game suspension for getting into a fight during a junior varsity game against East on Jan. 20.

"The (East player) took a cheap shot right at the face-off," Bruce Foster said. "Mike got up and lost his cool."

With an otherwise full team and no other injuries, the Miners will face Alta in the first playoff game on Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Utah Olympic Oval. The Miners defeated Alta 4-3 in their second game of the season in a game that Bruce Foster has described as "exceeding his expectations."

With other top scorers Laura Kubicki, Tyler Kozole, Grey Robbins and Steven Cox and goaltender Will Parry, Bruce Foster said his team is more than prepared for a rematch. Parry had 22 saves in the last game against Alta.

"We expect it to be another tough game," he said. "But we can beat Alta. Then we’ll have another week to rest."

If the Miners make it pass the first elimination round, they will move on to the double elimination round the following week.

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