PCHS hockey routs Wasatch
One of the most difficult things about being a sports fan is watching your favorite team struggle to beat an opponent that’s not nearly as talented as your team.
When teams play down to an inferior opponent’s level, it can be frustrating and infuriating, even if your favorite team wins.
As a coach, it can be even more difficult to be a part of a game like that, so that’s why Park City hockey coach Aaron Dufford is glad his team seems to have a strong killer instinct. On Saturday night at the Park City Ice Arena, the Miners took care of business early against a struggling Wasatch squad and cruised to an easy 12-0 victory.
"We have one gear as a team," Dufford said. "We try to pound teams early. It seems like, across most sports, you’ll have teams that play to the level of their opponent. Wasatch is a team that’s below us and oftentimes you’ll find yourself in a position where you’ll play down to their level."
Dufford was happy with the way the offense performed on Saturday night. Despite scoring 12 goals, not a single Miner netted a hat trick. Dylan Williams, Will Radovan, Skylar Marsh and Derek Sederman each had two goals for Park City.
"That’s another positive," Dufford said. "We don’t look at one or two guys to score all of our goals. We get a lot of pucks to the net and we have traffic in front. We have guys who are there to clean up the misses."
Heading into the season, Dufford was worried about the inexperience at the goalie position. But, he said, Joe Simmons and Ishan Chho have been great so far.
"Our goalies have honestly surprised me," he said. "I assumed it was going to be a weakness, but Joe Simmons and Ishan Chho have been solid all year."
Dufford said he’s been impressed with the versatility of his defensive players, too.
"They’re recognizing opportunities to jump into offensive play," he said. "Our defensive corps is very balanced oftentimes, you’ll have defensive players who are strictly defenders or defenders who are very offensive-minded. All of our guys have the tools to play in both zones."
Next up for undefeated Park City is a trip to Salt Lake City to take on Bingham on Oct. 20. Dufford said he doesn’t know much about Bingham’s team this year, but that’s all right with him.
"We’re in a position where we’re at the top of the pedestal and other teams are looking up at us," he said. "We’re going to focus on what we’re doing and let them try to figure out how to play well against us."
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