PARK CITY, Utah — The Park City Miners dream season continues as they completely dismantled the Farmington Phoenix 6-0, courtesy of a hat-trick by Liam Vanvalkenburgh, to secure their spot in the D1 Affiliated high school hockey final.
After a 12-2-1 regular season record, the Miners have continued to power their way through the playoffs, winning both of their first playoff matchups by a score of 6-0.
Against the Phoenix, Park City got to work right away with three goals in the first period, one of which was a wrist shot by Vanvalkenburgh in the slot to put the Miners up 2-0 early on.
Into the second period, the Miners put the game out of reach and Vanvalkenburgh completed his hat-trick. With a wrister from the left face-off circle and over the left glove-side of the Farmington net-minder John Richards, Vanvalkenburgh put the Miners up 5-0 late in the second.
While the final period of play was not as eventful, Park City was able to record one more goal and defeated Farmington by a score of 6-0.
In addition to a goal-fest by Park City, which came as a result of their 37 shots on goal compared to just 15 by the Phoenix, Miner goaltender Colten Mcintyre posted yet another shutout as Park City has yet to concede a goal in the playoffs.
With the victory, Park City advances to the D1 Affiliated high school final and will await the winner of the Brighton-Farmington game on Saturday. Puck drop is set for Monday, Feb. 14 at 8:30 p.m. at the Steiner west rink in Salt Lake City.