Park City plagued by offensive injuries
Thursday night’s game was not the ideal situation for Park City High School’s head hockey coach Barry Graves. The Miners traveled to Salt Lake to take on Brighton, one of the top teams in the league, minus much of their scoring offense. The Bengals, who are currently second in the southern division, proved to be too much for the understaffed Miners, as Brighton shut them out 4-0.
"We got beat out pretty good tonight," Graves said
Most noticeably missing from the ice were forwards Keaton Robbins at the center position who dislocated his shoulder in a previous game, and wing Trevor Hammett, who started the game, but left when it was determined that he had a torn rotator cuff. Robbins should return soon, but Hammett may miss all or most of the remainder of the season. Leading scorer Marcus Neckman also missed the game due to illness.
"I was missing key guys," Graves said. Still Graves and the Miners coaching staff were hopeful that they could match up with Brighton with the players that were healthy.
"We played strong and knew if we could get some shots on them. We just had some mental breakdowns," Graves said.
A lot of the Miners’ struggles without the starting forwards came in the form of a low shooting percentage. The Miners shot a paltry nine shots compared to the 32 shots the Bengals made. The Miners brought in goalie Taylor Shores early in the first period to try and combat the hot-shooting Bengals. Shores did the best he could and finished the night with 28 saves. Defensemen David Paskowski, Pearce Decker and Jordan Bird also stepped in to try and keep Brighton at bay. "We knew it would be rough game. They were playing like crazy," Graves said. "We can hold our own against a team like this. We just need to be healthy." Graves expects to have his team back intact by next week when they face the Cottonwood Colts. The Miners will then have only one more game against Murray before the playoffs. A win against either team will be key for the 8-6 Miners to maintain seventh place and a good seeding in the postseason. The Miners expect to begin practicing in the new Park City Ice Rink, until then they will continue all Salt Lake’s Steiner Arena home ice. The Miners will face the Cottonwood Colts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 at Cottonwood Heights.
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