Miners break Mustangs
Some numbers in sports are pretty meaningless. Take time of possession in football. If you score like Oregon, who cares how long you have the ball? In tennis, it’s net points won. Puhleeze. If you can sit back on the baseline and win like Federer, who cares if you only come to the net once every leap year?
But sometimes numbers don’t lie.
On an official Utah High School Hockey score sheet, there are only 15 lines allotted to list the scoring for each team. You’re not supposed to be able to fill that up — this isn’t the NBA!
And a goalie’s save percentage is his calling card. Brent O’Connell, Park City’s goalie has faced 80 shots in eight games and has only allowed four goals. That’s a stellar .950 save percentage.
You don’t want a save percentage of .583.
But it was those two numbers that told the tale of Wednesday night’s game pitting undefeated Park City against winless Herriman. The Miners filled the score sheet in the 15-0 win, with the Herriman netminder stopping only 21 of 36 shots on goal.
The win moved Park City to 8-0 on the season, 4-0 in the regular season. The Miners sit atop Utah High School Hockey’s Southern Division.
In only its second season fielding a hockey team, Herriman has a pretty small roster with only 13 players and one goalie. So, when Wednesday’s game at the County Ice Arena began with Park City rostering 18 skaters, along with O’Connell, it was going to be an uphill battle for the Mustangs.
For the first five minutes, Herriman’s goalie, Easton Seidel, blanked the Miners. But sustained pressure and Miner offensive zone possession was bound to eventually open up the scoring, and it did when Park City defenseman Dakota Janes’ shot from the point beat Seidel at 7:52 of the first. Five more first period goals followed. Then came three in the second and another six in the third. For those of you who went to school just to eat your lunch that equals 15-0.
Park City’s Sam Amidon put in a haberdasher’s favorite, three goals. Will Radovan and Derek Sederman each had two. Other highlights were goals from call-ups Matias Tomczyk, Erik Stevning, and Ryan Shirey.
Next up for Park City is a grudge match against rival Wasatch, Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Park City Ice Arena. So, bring your obnoxious visiting relatives (you don’t want to stay home and talk to them anyway) and make it a pre-Turkey Day fanfest at the rink! And don’t forget to join the crowd who has "Liked" the Park City Miners High School Hockey page on Facebook.
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Park City is the lone undefeated team in Region 10 play after a 60-30 win over Mountain View. The Miners have three more region games in their quest to repeat as region champions.