Utahns Devin Holmes and Austin Teel made big contributions in the Park City Jr. Moose‘s first-ever franchise victory last weekend.
Teel had a goal, but it was Holmes’ assist on a teammate’s goal in the first period that really set up Park City for the 4-3 win over the Long Beach Bombers.
“We didn’t play our best hockey as a team in the first period, but getting a big goal on the power play late in the first to give us a two-goal lead was huge for us going into the second period, taking the life out of the Bombers early on,” said head coach Aaron Kinslow.
The Bombers recovered to beat the Moose on Saturday and Sunday. However, the win did leave Park City (1-12) tied with the Ogden Mustangs (1-8) for fourth place in the Mountain Division of the Western States Hockey League with two points. Both teams are playing their first season in the Tier III Junior League.
They can take heart in the fact that they are not the worst team in the WSHL — that belongs to the terribly named Dallas Snipers, who are 0-12 on the season.
While the Mustangs start a 12-game, one-month road stint today at New Mexico, the Moose host the Cheyenne Stampede for a three-game set — Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (9:45 a.m.). Scores can be found here.
As for the Utah Grizzlies (4-1), they host the undefeated Alaska Aces (5-0) for a two game set for Friday and Saturday. Both games start at 7 p.m. at the Maverik Center.
Things to look for:
• First period. Both teams have scored eight goals in the first period this season, and only the Grizzlies (1) have given up a a goal.
• Winning. Alaska hasn’t trailed all season.
• No goals. Goalie Andrew Engelage is coming off his first shutout of the season
• Streaking. Justin Dowling and Jeff LoVecchio have four-game scoring streaks.
• Pink. On Saturday the Grizzlies will be wearing pink sweaters that will be auctioned off immediately after the game. Proceed go toward causes that fight breast cancer.