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Miners eradicate Silver Wolves

Randy Hanskat, For The Park Record

Park City's Will Radovan gets behind the Riverton goalie on what looks to be a sure goal, but the puck squirted wide. Photo courtesy of Randy Hanskat

In America we like things big and grandiose. They’re not just the plains, they’re the Great Plains. It’s not the canyon, it’s the Grand Canyon. The Mississippi River is the Mighty Mississippi. Baseball finals? Puhleeze, it’s the World Series. The Super Bowl. Supersized fries. Tacos grande. 320-pound linemen. SpongeBob marathons.

But there comes a time (except in a hot dog eating contest) where a person could wonder when enough is enough.

When it comes to the 2013/14 season of the Park City High School hockey team, a person who didn’t eat a turkey leg like Henry the Eighth could be pondering that question about now.

Wednesday night at the Park City Ice Arena, the Miners treated the Riverton Silver Wolves as if they were part of the government’s eradication program of the ’50s and ’60s, thumping them 12-0. The win ran the team’s record to 12-0. That’s pretty gaudy in itself, but it’s nothing compared to goal differential. On the season, Park City’s snipers have scored 120 goals, while only allowing six to be scored against them.

That’s big, American-esque. Like Oprah. Like the Mall of America. Like a meat lover’s pizza with extra sausage. Like a monster truck running over a Honda Civic. Big.

While all the teams in Utah High School Hockey would love to have that goal differential, it points to a problem with the season thus far for Park City. Beyond the Vernal game (a 3-1 win), the team hasn’t really been tested so it’s hard to predict how the Miners will react when first facing adversity this season in the playoffs. With only two more regular season games remaining before the playoffs begin on Feb. 5, time is running out to find an opponent that really tests this Park City team.

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Against Riverton, the test lasted about the length of time of a hernia test. Cough. It was only 29 seconds in when senior center Harry Hanskat scored off an assist by senior wing Noah Pranschke. Thirty-four seconds later, junior wing Derek Sederman netted the second Miner goal on a pass from senior Matias Tomczyk. The period’s third goal came at 5:39 when senior center Carson Walker scored on a sweet setup from Sederman.

In the period, the Silver Wolves managed but one shot on Park City goalie Brent O’Connell, and it wasn’t really a shot but an icing that wound up on net. Park City had 19 shots. For the game, Riverton would total only two shots to Park City’s 46. O’Connell, and later Cameron Kincaid who played the second half of the game, could have been running a craps game in the net behind them for all the action they saw.

Three more goals came in the second period, followed by six in the third. On the night, Walker and Pranschke both tallied hat tricks. Sederman had two goals and two assists.

Next up for Park City is the Salt Lake Stars independent team Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Park City Ice Arena. This game is the final home regular season game for the Miners, and it’s Senior Night, so make plans to be there and celebrate the 16 seniors of PCHS Hockey!