SALT LAKE CITY — Both the Viewmont Vikings and Davis County Independent Eagles hockey teams had a chance to win the Affiliated and Independent Hockey Titles last week.
However, both ended up falling short of a title for their respective leagues. The Vikings fell to Judge Memorial 5-2 and the Eagles lost to Utah County Independent South, 9-4.
Viewmont’s loss against Judge Memorial came in the championship game. P.J. Tanner and Travis Koury both scored unassisted goals for the Vikings.
Tanner’s goal, his 27th of the season, tied the game at 1-1 with 2:09 remaining in the first period. The goal was a timely one for the Vikings, who submitted the first goal in the game with only two minutes gone in the first period.
However, Judge’s offense countered with three goals in the second period on just six shots, and the Vikings were never able to come back with an attack of their own.
Nickolas O’Cain scored all three goals for the Bulldogs in the second period, and added another in the third period to finish with four goals on the night.
Koury’s goal for Viewmont was scored with 5:13 remaining in the game, the Vikings second and final goal.
The Vikings finish the high school hockey season with a 13-4-1 record, including the playoffs. Tanner finished the season with a team-high 27 goals and 16 assists.
The Eagles’ loss to Utah County Independent South happened only one day after the team lost to Salt Lake Independent to fall to the loser’s end of the bracket. DCI fell behind 4-1 following the first period and was never able to recover from the early deficit.
Lone Wolves’ player Vincent Hutchison scored five of UCI-South’s goals that night, and also had two assists to help the team get to the championship game.
Skylour Tatum was the first player to score for DCI, and ended the game with two goals and two assists. Zan Hobbs scored a goal and an assist and Kyle Swayne finished with a goal in the loss.
DCI finished the season with a 3-12 overall record, but were 3-2 in the playoffs. Tatum led the team in points with 14 goals and 11 assists on the year. Tatum and Swayne led the team in goals scored with 14 and Tatum tied for the team lead with Hobbs in assists with 11.
Scores and statistics provided by Utah High School Hockey.