PCHS hockey squad cruises to victory
December 9, 2014
The final score looked like it was from a football game on Friday night at the Park City Ice Arena: Park City 21, Riverton 0 — Miners win by three touchdowns.
But it was the Park City hockey squad was the team putting up those lofty numbers, picking up yet another lopsided victory.
The Miners scored early and often on Friday night, continuing their dominant play this season. Three different players — freshman Aidan Shaw, senior Beau Milkis and sophomore Easton Barber — netted hat tricks in the blowout.
Shaw also added three assists and Milkis had one. Derek Sederman had two goals and three assists, Will Radovan had two goals and two assists, as did Nixon Barber and Nick Butterworth. Charlie Flitton, Sam Groves and Sam Amidon each had one goal and two assists. Henry Flitton had one goal and four assists, Dylan Williams had two assists and Jesse Guyer added one assist for Park City.
Sophomore goalie Joe Simmons had six saves in the shutout.
Senior Will Radovan said even though Park City won big against Riverton this time around, it would be a mistake to overlook them should the teams meet in the playoffs, especially since the Silverwolves were missing a couple key players on Friday.
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"They’re going to be a solid team in the playoffs," Radovan said. "I’m worried that the rest of the team thinks it’s going to be another 21-point game and it’s not — it’ll be closer."
This year, the Miners have scored 81 goals in six games, allowing only four goals against. Playing in so many blowouts makes it hard to stay sharp, senior Nixon Barber said. But, he added, there are things to learn from games like Friday’s.
"It’s a lot of discipline," he said. "It’s hard to keep yourself disciplined when you’re blowing teams out. We’ve seen it a couple times this year and it’s hard to make sure everyone is still playing good hockey. We lose form and see guys going end-to-end and that’s exactly the opposite of what we’re looking for.
"It works right now for us to lose form like that, but against good teams like Vernal (Uintah) in the playoffs, it doesn’t work like that. You need to play good, sound hockey."
Speaking of Uintah, the Miners have a home game against the Utes on Friday night at the Park City Ice Arena. Both Barber and Radovan are looking forward to that matchup.
"That’s always our toughest game of the regular season, so that should be fun," Radovan said. "Hopefully we’ll get some fans out here and get a good win."
"Friday’s game is huge," Barber added. "We’ve consistently had a rivalry with Vernal. They haven’t actually played in Park City since I was a freshman, but the last few times we’ve played them, it’s always been a close game — 3-2, 2-3. They are our rivals."
The Miners are looking forward to what should be a competitive game. After all, Barber said, the ultimate goal is a state title and the only way to be prepared for the playoffs is tight competition.
"We thought we had it last year and when it came time for some competition in the playoffs, we played well, but it didn’t work out," he said. "The advantage for this year’s team is that we have a few guys who have been there already and played in front of that large audience and played under all that pressure. There’s more experience on this year’s team. We’re going to work as hard as we can to go as far as we can. When we get there, we’re going to be as prepared as possible."
Radovan said the pressure is on this year’s senior class to finally get that elusive state championship trophy.
"We’re pushing hard not to go 0-4," he said. "We’ve had a chance all four years, since we were freshmen. We haven’t won a regular-season game by less than 10 goals this year yet, so we’re pretty confident."
The Miners return to the ice at 8:15 p.m. on Friday night against Uintah at the Park City Ice Arena. Fans are encouraged to bring new toys to donate to the Park City Christian Center.
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