Pioneers drop two in Vegas |

Pioneers drop two in Vegas

After a full day of work on Friday and a six-hour drive to Las Vegas, many of the Park City Pioneers weren’t prepared for an 11:30 p.m. hockey game.

Playing until 2:30 in the morning, the Pioneers were sluggish in the first game of a two-game set, losing to the Las Vegas Hookers 6-3.

The team bounced back on Saturday night in another game that started at 11:30 p.m., but still couldn’t pull out a victory, falling 8-6.

"It was an experience," Pioneer forward David Imonti said. "It was one of those weekends. We were a good enough team to beat them; we just didn’t."

The Pioneers couldn’t find a way to stop Vegas forward Cody Incollingo in either game. After scorching the net for five goals on Friday night, Incollingo added four more goals on Saturday. Jack Kim added two goals for the Hookers on Saturday.

After a slow night on Friday, Park City forward Brian Babbitt scored two goals and had two assists on Saturday. Michael Spawton finished the weekend with two goals and three assists, and Nick Liotta dished out three assists in the two games.

The Pioneers were able to launch plenty of shots at the Las Vegas goalie, outshooting the Hookers 102-58 in the two games, but couldn’t find the back of the net often enough to win a game.

"We played well enough to win besides a few breakdowns," Imonti said. "We just couldn’t capitalize."

The losses drop the Pioneers’ record to 9-10 on the season. They’ll be back at the Park City Ice Arena on March 15 and 16 for a two-game series against the Jackson Hole Moose.

"That’s always one of our best series," Imonti said.

He added that he expects things to return to normal for those games.

"If all of the circumstances are not out of the ordinary for us, then we’ll have no problem coming back and being a dominant team," he said.


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