The Park City Miners extended its winning streak to 30 games with a 13-12 overtime win over Brighton on Saturday at Corner Canyon High School in the Girls D-I Championship. The Miners are back-to-back champions after beating Riverton in the 2014 Championship.
The game was even in the first half. Brighton scored first when Madeline Doty found the back of the net. Jeni Gordon equalized for the Miners and the Bengals fought back, scoring two straight goals. Hannah Hyatt regained the lead for the Miners with back-to-back goals. Both teams scored two more goals followed by a goal by Doty to make the score 6-6 heading into halftime.
The Miners took the first lead of the second half when Lolo Frost found Maike Wells cutting down the middle. Wells shot low for the go ahead goal. Emma Patch scored for Brighton to tie the game at 7. Park City scored two quick goals midway through the half to take a 9-7 lead. Just as the fans began to feel the game would go to the Miners, Brighton fought back with three goals to take a 10-9 lead. Tiffiny Wallace had two goals in the run while Bergan McArdle added the third. Hyatt equalized on a free position opportunity at the 8:45 mark to make the score 10-10.
As the half was expiring, Brighton earned a free position shot and Patch converted to give Brighton a 11-10 lead with 18 seconds remaining. Park City won the ensuing draw and earned a free position shot that was stopped by Brighton goalie Taylor Hekking but deflected to the ground where Hyatt scooped it up and dumped it into the back of the net to tie the game with 2.3 seconds left.
In the first half of the first overtime, Ellie Meyer scored for the Miners on a bounce shot from the wing. Brighton answered right back with a goal by Mo Osterloh but Park City wouldn’t let the lead last long, scoring just 15 seconds later when Marina Mayo stung the top left corner. The Bengals couldn’t get a goal in the second half and the Miners killed the last minute of the game to secure the victory.
“We didn’t really stick to our game plan,” said Park City head coach Abbie Coleman. “Brighton showed up and played such a great game. Our girls lost a little focus and started making mistakes but we kept reminding them to settle down and play our game.”
Hekking finished with 8 saves for the Bengals. Madison Komisar had 6 saves for Park City. Park City won 16 of 29 draws.
Hyatt was named the Players Bench Player of the Game for scoring 6 goals.
“Hannah is an incredible player,” said Coleman. “She steps up when we need her to and she makes great plays and she gets the job done.