Park City Ice Miners trounce Riverton, but focus on Viewmont
Park City High School hockey notched another win on Wednesday, bringing its record to 5-1 in the regular season, and 6-2 overall. Wednesday’s 8-1 win over Riverton served as a calm moment before the season’s second half commences, which will include games against Skyline (4-3), Brighton (4-1-1), Farmington (4-2) and the league’s leader, Viewmont (6-0).
“The focus tonight was teaching these guys how to play as a team,” coach Josh Angevine said after the game at the Park City Ice Arena. “Less individual effort and more team effort, because a lot of these guys, on an individual level, can take the puck, rush from one end of the ice to the other, then create an opportunity. But why go down as one skater when you can go down as a five-man unit?”
Angevine wants that team mentality to sink in now before the real tests begin.
Aside from the loss to UCI-North on Oct. 24, the Ice Miners have rolled their regular-season opponents. Their narrowest win was a 7-2 margin at rival Murray on Oct. 3 while Park City’s blowouts consist of eight-point leads over Wasatch Back – a 10-2 drubbing at home on Oct. 10 – and Northern Utah Independent, who the Miners beat 9-1 in Ogden on Nov. 5.
Park City could have easily racked up a larger lead over Riverton, but that’s not the team’s style, Angevine said.
“We try and make a point to not humiliate anyone,” Angevine said. “A lot of these high school games can end up in the 15-to-nothing range. We try and make a point to have good sportsmanship in our group, and it also really gives us a great opportunity to work on playing as a team.”
The Miners played keepaway in the third period, lurking in Riverton’s final third, always within striking distance of another goal but opting for back-passes just as it seemed the final flick was coming.
In the second period, the Miners had 24 shots and five goals – by seniors Jackson Ehlers, Marc Colaizzi, Tristen Lippert and Connor Schulz, and junior Sebastian Skeffington. That dropped down to four shots in the third, with no goals other than Riverton’s consolation prize, which was slid home by Riverton’s Christoff Brodie Kent.
Skeffington and Colaizzi also scored in the first period, alongside freshman defenseman Westley Hatz.
“We just tried to get a good lead so we could start focusing on our cycling … and just getting back to the basics,” Colaizzi said.
The team will need all the composure it can get when it faces Viewmont on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Park City. While Murray has faded after two solid seasons, the 2018 D1 champions have kept their prowess. Angevine said the game is circled on the team’s calendar.
As the No. 2 team in the state’s standings, the Miners fell just short of Viewmont in a 4-3 loss in preseason play on Sept. 26.
“They’re a super physical team,” Colaizzi said.
“Solid players all around, each line’s pretty deep, kind of like us,” said sophomore Wes Griffin.
Junior Nick Lippman said a win during the regular season would give Park City an edge if the two teams saw each other in the postseason.
“We’re hoping to send a message for state,” Lippman said.
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