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PCHS hockey: Miners choppy, but still dominant in 9-1 win

Randy Hanskat, For The Park Record

The human body is an enigma, even sometimes collectively. How is it that one night a team can play flawlessly, dominating the play both on offense and defense, and then a week later everything’s a struggle?

The result? Douglas over Tyson. NC State over Phi Slamma Jamma. Mothra over Godzilla. The Kansas City Chiefs over, well, anyone.

Sounds like you’re being set up for an upset, eh? Nah, no one was drinking the Karl Rove Kool-Aid here.

The result was still a convincing 9-1 Park City High School hockey team victory over Juan Diego Wednesday at the Park City Ice Arena. It just wasn’t quite up to the standard of the team’s first four victories.

"I thought we were less dominant than in previous games," said Park City head coach Aaron Dufford. "We were lacking energy. We were losing races to loose pucks and didn’t have the early scoring punch that we’re used to seeing."

Did his players eat too much leftover Halloween candy? Were their thumbs worn out from too many hours playing Assassin’s Creed 3?

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"I think they were a bit complacent," Dufford said.

After all, Juan Diego came into the game without a win, and the Miners had outscored their first four opponents 44-3.

In spite of the choppiness, Park City dominated puck possession to open the game. It paid off when sophomore wing Will Radovan put the Miners on the board just 2:49 into the game with a wrist shot into the short side of the Soaring Eagle net. Fellow sophomore Zac Polukoff, playing up front instead of his usual defenseman position, assisted.

Two minutes later, Park City junior defenseman Robbie Derber ripped a snap shot that deflected off a Juan Diego player and into the top of the net. Two power-play goals — one by junior wing Noah Pranschke unassisted and the second by sophomore center Nixon Barber (assisted by freshman linemate Will Miele) at 5:17 and 4:54 of the period — finished the scoring. It was Park City 4, Juan Diego 0 after one.

In the second period, the home team looked like it needed Jim Furyk to hand out some 5-Hour Energy on the bench. The teams traded goals, with Barber getting his second for Park City, assisted by junior wing Carson Walker. Score: 5-1 Park City after two.

The third period finally felt right with the cosmos, as Park City scored four goals on 13 shots while shutting out the Soaring Eagle on only two shots.

Junior wing TJ Mayo took care of most of the tallying, netting a hat trick in the period, with goals at 9:48 (assisted by defenseman Dakota Janes), 7:03 (unassisted), and 3:43 (from senior wing Casey Sederman). Radovan wedged his second of the game in between at the 8:58 mark. Final: Miners 9, Soaring Eagle 1.

After the game, Dufford had some advice about possible overconfidence by his team. "We’re confident in who we are as a team," he said. "If we’re not careful that can bite us when we face a stronger opponent."

Those opponents would be coming up right about now! The 5-0 Miners take on 4-0 Uintah Saturday in Vernal and then return home Wednesday, Nov. 21, to face perennial power Bingham (4-1) in a pre-Thanksgiving giblet fest. Make plans to bring the visiting in-laws and be there for the Bingham game at the Park City Ice Arena Wednesday at 7 p.m.