PCHS hockey wins home finale
The Park City High School hockey team got off to a slow start in its home finale against Corner Canyon on Wednesday night at the Park City Ice Arena. Less than three minutes into the game, the Miners found themselves trailing 1-0.
However, thanks to a strong performance by Marc Colaizzi, Park City’s fortunes soon changed. Colaizzi scored twice in the first period to put the Miners ahead 2-1, a lead they didn’t relinquish en route to a 4-1 victory.
Aidan Shaw and Daniel McNulty assisted Colaizzi’s two goals. Jack Hanskat scored to start the third period off an assist by Corey Klein, and Daniel Hebert scored the game’s final goal off assists from Karter Kovar and Alec Smith. Park City goalie Levi Pompoco faced 21 shots and made 20 saves in Wednesday’s victory.
Hebert said the Miners need to make it a point to play better in the opening minutes of games, especially with the playoffs approaching.
"We’ve got to come out stronger," he said. "It wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but we have to be stronger than we were."
McNulty said the Miners need to take warmups more seriously in the future.
"It was kind of hard to get in the groove of everything," he said. "I think we [eventually] got our legs under us and got more warmed up for the game. In the beginning, I felt cold — just not really mentally or physically prepared."
Late in the game, both teams started playing in a more physical style. Though Shaw said he, McNulty and Hebert don’t care for that style of play, he knows Park City has the power to go toe-to-toe with any opponent.
"I like more skilled games," he said. "Us three, we’re not the biggest guys on the team. I think they’d agree with me. Some of the bigger guys, though, they like to get rough and hit people. We like to score goals and do skilled things, so I’d say we’re more of a skilled team."
Hebert said eventually the Miners channeled the home-crowd energy to start playing better. He added that it will be important for Park City to carry that energy into upcoming road games.
"It’s definitely a lot of fun winning at home, with the fans and everything," he said. "But I’m excited for the playoffs to start so we can show how good of a team we are."
Park City (7-1-1 overall) has two games remaining in the regular season, both on the road. Shaw said it will be important to get off to better starts in other teams’ home arenas.
"We need to be more powerful at the beginning of games and come out strong to score goals," he said. "When we play harder teams, it’s not going to be easy to come back like this. We have to be stronger throughout the whole game."
With only two games left before the playoffs, McNulty said the Miners will continue to practice hard to ensure they’re hitting their stride at the right time.
"We’ve got to up our intensity and it starts in practice," he said. "The last couple weeks, we’ve been more physical in practice, getting us prepared for the bigger teams we’re going to face down the road. We need to come to the games prepared to be physical and intense."
Park City’s next game is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 14, against Davis County at the Ogden Ice Sheet. The opening faceoff is set to take place at 8 p.m.
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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.