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The party is over for Miners’ hockey team

by Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

The Miners’ hockey team struggled all season with only thing: skating two lines when other teams skated three. Although the Miners were able to overcome that shortcoming most of the season, it got the better of them in the second round of double elimination in division playoffs when they lost 6-2 to East Feb. 10 in Bountiful.

"The party is over," Miners’ coach Bruce Foster said. "We had some great opportunities, but their goaltender made some great saves. In the end, they outlasted us."

East scored first and was able to keep the Miners scoreless in the first period. But in the second period, the Miners’ Anthony Carter took an assist from Kyle Tilson to tie the score. Six minutes later, Tyler Kozole took an assist from Grey Robbins to give the Miners a one-goal lead. But East took back the lead in the third period, scoring five goals and winning the game.

But Foster said he wasn’t disappointed with how the game went or how the season ended.

"The kids fought and tried real hard," he said. "We just ran out of gas."

While East received two misconducts for arguing with the referees, Foster said he was proud of the Miners for keeping themselves in check and having only one penalty for the night.

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"We told the team (before the game), don’t retaliate if provoked, and they didn’t," he said.

"Looking back on the season, the kids have nothing to be ashamed of," Foster said. "They exceeded my expectations. To do that with as small as a group as we had, that says a lot about the character of the team. I was very proud of that."

However, Foster said he was sad to see the season, and his coaching position, end.

"It’s very sad," he said. "I feel sad for all the seniors. They were disappointed (Wednesday) night. It kind of hits you in the face when you’re in the locker room as a senior and you realize your high school career is over."

Foster said most of the seniors, like his son Michael, hope to go on to play club hockey in college. Foster will be stepping down from his coaching position this year now that his son is graduating.

"It’s been a long season, from August until now," he said. "I’ve loved every minute of it. Not only interacting with all the kids, but to be able to involved, to coach your son is a real unique experience. I would never give that away for anything."

Foster said the team had not found a replacement head coach yet, but has known since the beginning of the season that this would be his last.