Miners smother Timber Wolves 3-1 to stay in first place
If you grew up with an older brother, no doubt you were the subject of various keep-away games where said sibling would dangle the toy you wanted just out of your grasp. As you reached out for it, he would snatch it away.
And he’d keep doing it until eventually you went into his room and destroyed his elaborate Lego castle.
If you can relate to that, then you know how the Timpanogos Timber Wolves must have felt Wednesday night, Dec. 5 at the Park City Ice Arena. For the first two periods of the game, the Park City High School hockey team basically played keep-away, dominating puck possession and shots on goal. Timpanogos puck carriers could barely exit their own zone, much less enter the Park City zone, without being collapsed upon by two players, resulting in a turnover.
Then, in the third period, the increasingly frustrated Timber Wolves tried to break some stuff namely Miner players. It was all to no avail, though, as Park City cruised to a 3-1 win. The victory moved the Miners’ record to 9-1 on the season and kept the team tied atop the Southern Division standings of Utah high school hockey.
Timpanogos came into the game with a 6-2 record, having scored 51 goals in its six wins. The Timber Wolves averaged 31 shots on goal in those games.
Welcome to the chilly confines of the Park City Ice Arena and Park City Head Coach Aaron Dufford’s smothering defensive style. This night, the Timber Wolves did not manage a single shot on goal in the first period, followed by a meager five in the second. The team ended with only 14 shots for the game. Park City had 35.
Adding to the Timpanogos frustration was the rowdy crowd of PCHS students who have increasingly made Miner hockey games the place to be on Wednesday nights. Led by Park City’s most ardent fan, Jaren Lockwood, sporting a huge red foam cowboy hat, the crowd was loud and unforgiving of Timber Wolf misdeeds.
Timpanogos responded with five ugly penalties in the third period two for roughing, two for head contact, and a cross check but many more could have been called. The home crowd actually received a warning from the referees of a potential penalty of its own (although the logic was dubious), but in the end none was given and the game ended.
Dufford, having played high-level junior hockey in the U.S. and Canada, was no stranger to the animosity at the game’s end. "We played a couple places where our bus had to have a police escort out of town," he remembered with a laugh.
On the scoreboard, it was the Miners’ starting forward trio of center Harry Hanskat and wings TJ Mayo and Casey Sederman who tallied all the goals. In the first, Mayo scored off a rebound on a shot from defenseman Eric Janes that Sederman had deflected on goal. In the second, Hanskat got credit for a stuffed goal that could’ve gone to Sederman. Then in the third, Hanskat passed out of the corner to Sederman, who surprised the Timpanogos goalie by chipping the puck up into a tiny opening on the short side of the net.
Park City has two remaining games in December before moving on to three games against the top three seeded teams in the Northern Division in January. The team’s next home game is Dec. 19 against Utah County Independent North at 7 p.m. Make plans to join the raucous crowd for some pre-holiday fun! And don’t forget to keep up with the team by "liking" its Facebook page, Park City Miners High School Hockey.
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