The No. 4 Park City Miners had the privilege of hosting the Class-A state semifinals on Wednesday and playing in the second game of the evening against the No. 1 Brighton Bengals. Brighton pushed transition and kept relentless offensive pressure on the Miners, while using a stifling ride and defense to keep Park City from ever gaining a foothold. Brighton finished off the game winning 12-3.
A sluggish 1st quarter, where Park City did a great job of controlling possession, still found Brighton up 3-1 at the close. Park City was only able to get one goal out of Beau Pederson in the opening quarter that had them controlling the majority of the clock. Brighton, contrarily, took advantage of transition and had the two-goal lead going into the second quarter.
The Bengals found their stripes in the second quarter and began a rout of the Miners. All-American Bubba Fairman had 2 goals and 4 assists, and Tennison Schmidt had 4 goals to lead the Bengal offense. To go along with multiple big saves by Brighton goaltender Canyon Curtis, the defense of Bryson Taylor, who finished with 2 assists himself, and Nathan Kenney, who had 1 goal, and Cameron Folkerson shut down the Miner offense. Those 3 defenders played great together to only allow 3 goals against the team who had given them their tightest game in the regular season.
Brighton will look to close off their perfect season against a great Juan Diego team that is riding a 9-game winning streak and has only lost to one team in state–Brighton, last month. With explosive scorers on both teams, and great defenses, this should make for a fantastic game to close out the season.
Brighton coach Brandon Horoba on the game: “We’re clicking on all cylinders right now. Defensively, across the middle, and obviously on Offense. So things are working out for us.” On preparing for Juan Diego in the championship: “Juan Diego is a very good team, they’ve got great players all over the field so we’ll go back and watch some film, and get ready for a tough one on Saturday.”
Brighton Faces Juan Diego in the Class-A championship game on Saturday at Brighton at 7 pm.