PCHS hockey: New opponent, same beatdown
On good hockey teams, forward lines (the combination of the left and right wings and the center) have their own identities. The Red Wings were famous for their Production Line. The Canadiens had their Dynasty Line. The Sabres, the French Connection. The Flyers, the Legion of Doom.
One-dimensional teams have individual scorers.
The way the Park City High School hockey team is going, they might want to start coming up with some line names, as evidenced by the team’s 13-2 crushing of the Metro Stars Independent team Monday, Nov. 5, with another line taking center stage.
Against Riverton, the line of Nixon Barber, Will Miele and Carson Walker had a great night, possessing the puck in the opponent’s zone seemingly all game. The previous game against UCI South, it was August Masquelier, Noah Pranschke, and Will Radovan who took over. This night at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex it was the line of wings TJ Mayo and Casey Sederman and center Harry Hanskat that dominated.
The line combined for seven goals and eight first and second assists.
"It felt great out there," Mayo said afterwards. "We’re getting a nice feel for where each other will be when we enter the offensive zone."
Juniors Mayo and Hanskat were paired together last season, but Sederman is new this year and has fit right in. Sederman, a senior, is currently tied for fifth in the Utah High School Hockey Southern Division scoring statistics with 13 points, Mayo is tied for eighth with 11 points, and Hanskat is 10th with 10 points. The trio is leading the Miners. As a testament to the team’s rotating line production, Park City has six of the top 20 points leaders in the division, whereas powers Bingham and Timpanogos only have one player and three players in the top 20, respectively.
Monday night, Hanskat got the Miners off quickly, scoring on a pass from Mayo just 55 seconds into the game. It was another four minutes before the next goal, by sophomore Will Radovan from freshman Sam Amidon (playing up for an injured Masquelier) at the 5:01 mark.
Park City then erupted for five more goals in the first period. Radovan added two more for the hat trick, assisted by Miele and David Jenkins, while Sederman had two, one coming on the play of the season thus far.
Skating in on a breakaway, Sederman deked the Stars’ goalie, Forrest Holtry (who had come far out of the net), to the right, but Holtry got a piece of him as he went by. Somehow, Sederman still managed to get off a wrist shot that entered the Stars’ net as he was flying horizontally through the air. Bobby Orr, eat your heart out!
Hanskat assisted on Sederman’s second goal, and the two then reversed roles, as Hanskat scored Park City’s seventh first-period goal at the 12:14 mark of the period. Score: 7-0 Park City after one.
Hanskat scored the game’s only second-period goal for his hat trick, assisted by sophomore defenseman Zac Polukoff. In the third period, Sederman added two more for the hat trick plus one, while Pranschke had one, Mayo one, and Walker one. Final: Park City 13, Metro Stars 2.
While the team’s goal differential through four games is a gaudy 44-3, Park City is now coming into the meat of its season. In the next month, the undefeated Miners will face off against state powers Bingham and Timpanogos at home and Uintah in Vernal. These games will tell if the team is as deep as it has shown thus far.
Next up, though, is a home showdown with Juan Diego this coming Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Park City Ice Arena.
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