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Welcome home: Pioneers sweep Aspen Leafs

Christopher Kamrani, The Park Record

Last weekend was everything they expected it to be, and then some.

The Park City Pioneers hockey club returned to its old stomping grounds at the Park City Ice Arena and made sure the visiting Aspen Leafs wouldn’t spoil the party.

The Pioneers swept the weekend series with a 10-4 victory Friday night and a thrilling 4-3 victory in a shootout Saturday night. Following a three-game losing streak, Park City has countered with a four-game win streak of its own and is riding high, said captain David Imonti.

"We had a pretty big crowd," Imonti said. "I know all the guys were excited to get going. I think it was something where there was a lot of hype built up toward it and we were able to parlay that onto the scoreboard."

In Friday’s thumping of the Leafs, newcomer Brian Babbitt had a memorable Park City debut, scoring a hat trick for the Pioneers. Mark Adamek had two goals and an assist, while Mike Adamek had three assists. Forwards Jeff Jacobs and Tom Gatta combined for five assists.

"It went well," Imonti said. "It was something where, obviously, we could have done some things better.

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"It was a pretty even effort all across the board. Everybody chipped in a little bit. We kind of jumped on them from the start and they were never really able to catch up. Everyone was very pumped to be at home again."

In Saturday’s win, Babbitt was the hero again, scoring the game-winning penalty shot in the shootout to ensure Park City’s two-game sweep.

"He’s turned into a pretty good player for us," Imonti said. "I know everyone was very, very happy with his addition. He kind of fits in with everything we do."

The Pioneers, now 10-5, head to Aspen, Colo., this weekend.

"We’re pretty excited about getting to that one; it’s a good trip," he said. "But we know we really want to be able to play in front of our home crowd."

Park City will get the chance to build on its 2-0 home streak at the Park City Ice Arena on March 23-24 when Jackson Hole visits town.

"Hopefully we’ve regained some of our support we had up here," Imonti said. "Seems like everybody was very, very excited to get back into the mix this weekend."