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Miners Move Past Darts, Focus Turns to Mustangs

Carson Dutkanych

The Park City Miners and Davis Darts faced-off in the first of two ULA Boys D-I Semifinals on Wednesday at Juan Diego with Park City heading home with a 10-6 win.
Davis Attackman Kyle Gee found the back of the net to kick of the game at the 11:11 mark, giving Davis a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately for the Darts, that was their only lead of the game. Park City Face-off Specialist Jackson Burton won the ensuing face-off and took it the distance to tie the game. Four minutes later, Chase Flinders came up with a loose ball on a clear and found Carson Dutkanych on the crease who had a wide open net and buried it to give the Miners their first lead of the game. Chad Merrick tacked on another goal for the Miners at the 3:39 mark to give Park City a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.
Carson Dutkanych
The Miners owned the second quarter, scoring four straight goals to make the score 7-1. Davis Attackman Zach Jarvis pulled a goal back at the 1:27 mark on a man-up opportunity, making the score 7-2 at halftime.
The second half was very even with both teams scoring two goals in the third quarter. Just like the first half, Gee opened the scoring when he found twine at the 9:27 mark. Kolton Atkinson answered three minutes later but Tyler Green answered for the Darts. As time was running out in third quarter, Dutkanych was able to find space and score.
Caden Beyer scored for the Darts in the fourth quarter at the 8:15 mark, making the score 9-5 for Park City. Four goals in 8 minutes seemed within reach for Davis but a behind-the-back goal by Ryan Smith made the score 10-5 at the 5:32 mark. Beyer would score again just 50 seconds later, but it proved to be the last goal of the game as Park City walked away victorious.
“I think we played well,” said Park City Head Coach Andy Langendorf. “There were moments we were bad but it was an emotional game with a lot on the line and so overall we stayed pretty true to who we were and that was our strength today.”
The Miners will face Herriman on Saturday at 7pm at Park City High School. It’s not often a team gets to play for a championship on their home field.
“It’s super important to us,” said Langendorf. “We’ve been looking to play in a championship anywhere for a long time and now to do it on our home field will be special for us. Park City has never won a state championship so it’s huge for us.”
Herriman also hasn’t won a state championship and are just in their fourth year as a program. The Mustangs advanced to the championship with a 11-10 in over Juan Diego.

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