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Miners tie season opener

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

After losing nearly a dozen players to graduation and transfers, and those who just didn’t want to play anymore, Park City High School hockey coach Bruce Foster had no choice but to play just two lines in the season opener against Juan Diego on Monday at the Park City Ice Arena. His varsity team is down to only 10 players, including the goaltender, but that was enough for the Miners, who tied the game 2-2.

"We’re going to play teams with three lines," Foster said. "But our (team) played great. They exceeded my expectations."

The first goal came from the Miners’ ninth grader Anthony Carter and was assisted by sophomores Nate Shirey and Kyle Tilson. A minute later, a penalty on the Soaring Eagles for tripping and head contact got the Juan Diego fans riled up. However, the Miners were unable to score on the power play. Meanwhile, goaltender Will Parry made six saves in the first period, leaving Juan Diego scoreless.

Immediately following the first period, one of the Soaring Eagles was taken to the hospital for an ankle injury.

The Miners’ Laura Kubicki, a junior and the only female on the team, scored in the second period.

Three consecutive penalties on the Miners for hooking, roughing and a cross check gave Juan Diego an advantage and the Soaring Eagles scored late in the second period. The tying goal by the Eagles came in the third period.

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Parry made 10 saves in the second period, and eight saves in the third period.

"Parry is definitely one of the best goaltenders in the state," Foster said. "He made some incredible saves and played a tremendous game."

Parry is a student at PCHS who played travel hockey before the Ice Arena opened in Park City.

The Miners play again Sept. 28 at 9:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex against the Alta Hawks. The next home game is Oct. 7 at 8:15 p.m. against the UCI North Warriors.