Pioneers face to Ogden Friday with reinforced lineup
After enduring a season-high four game losing streak that saw them drop games to Sun Valley, McCall and the Utah Dawgs, the Pioneers will return to the ice Friday to face a new opponent in the Ogden Sabres.
This is the Pioneers’ first meeting with a team that is hungry to prove that it can compete with the experience Park City brings to the ice. Ogden’s roster features several standout Weber State alumni, most notably Ian Soldano, who starred with Team USA in the 2006 World University Games.
Joining the Pioneers this Friday will be newly signed Jason McCrimmon. The 6 foot 4 inch 238 pound defender has played in 65 games with teams at the "AA" and "A" levels of pro hockey, recording 17 points and 196 penalty minutes during that span. McCrimmon began last season with the IHL’s Flint Generals before being assigned to the Eastern Professional Hockey League’s Jersey Rockhoppers where he won a league championship.
Prior to turning pro, McCrimmon spent four years in the NCAA, three with the UMASS Boston Beacons. The Detroit, Mich., native is expected to bring a physical element to the Pioneers roster that general manager David Imonti feels the team is desperately missing.
"Lately our players have been getting outplayed physically, and that is something we need to fix if our team wants to win hockey games," Imonti said. "Having played against Jason in the past, I know that he brings a certain element to the game that doesn’t always show up on the score sheet. He is a big tough kid that skates well and loves to look for the big hit."
The Pioneers are also in discussions with goaltender Kyle Gover, and hope to come to terms with him in the coming days. Gover recently graduated from Weber State where he was named a first team All. During his four years as a Wildcat, Gover was widely regarded as a top collegiate goaltender. The Pioneers hope to secure his services and have him on the ice soon.
Friday’s game starts at 7:45 p.m. at the Park City Ice Arena. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, and $3 for students, children and resort employees. Shuttle services have been arranged and will be leaving at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. from the Old Town Transit Center, and will be picking up fans after the game has ended. For more information, please visit http://www.pcpioneershockey.com.
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