Park City Pioneers face Utah Dawgs Friday |

Park City Pioneers face Utah Dawgs Friday


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The Park City Pioneers are playing their second game of the season on Friday, Nov. 13, at the Park City Ice Arena against the Utah Dawgs of Salt Lake City. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for warm-ups and game time is at 7:55 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students/children. Drinks and food are available.

The Pioneers are coming off an 8-3 victory against the Cache Valley Trappers on Oct. 30 and are expecting similar results. Nearly 300 fans were in attendance at the Pioneers’ inaugural game. The Pioneers expect a larger draw due to the fact that this is not a holiday weekend.

"I think the fans had a great time and got their money’s worth," team captain Mike Adamek said. "There was great entertainment on and off the ice. We expect the same this week."

Former ECHLer Adam Kostichka, left winger for the Pioneers, tallied five goals in his first outing, with Eric Milliron, Mike Diersen and Michael Spawton each adding a goal. Assistant captain Aaron Dufford led the team with four assists. The Trappers were no match for the Pioneers only able to net three goals throughout the game. Goaltender Jeff Slack stood tall between the pipes for the Pioneers, stopping 26 of 29 shots on goal.

The Pioneers plan to start local goaltender Eric Moldenhauer against the Dawgs. Moldenhauer, a former Park City High School standout and University of Utah graduate, hopes to continue the Pioneers’ success. The Utah Dawgs are anchored by forward Michael McDonald, who tallied a majority of the Dawgs goals in the 2008/2009 season.

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"We really don’t know what to expect," Dufford said. "We haven’t seen them and they haven’t seen us. We just need to go out there and play our game, I’m sure we’ll come out on top."