He had the coach with youth level winning experience in R.C. Shuflin and a handful of players who had some years on the ice. What he needed was to build that team with kids who had toughness—the toughness to withstand the early losses and not give up. To “keep skating” as Shuflin shouts to the players during their games.
Wasatch lost its fifth game of the season Wednesday night at the Park City Ice Arena against Utah County Independent, but only on the scoreboard.
By the end of the third period of the contest, the Wasps looked as though they were ready to play another game. After falling down 10-0 near the middle of the second frame, Wasatch began to come to life.
As though a switch had been turned on, the attackers were suddenly wearing black sweaters and going after the visiting Warriors. With mere seconds remaining in that second period, Johnathan Brosnahan flicked in his first goal of the season off an assist by Giovanna Shannon and another small victory had taken place on the Wasatch bench.
The Wasps may have played their best period of the year in the third, keeping UCI out of the face of their goalie, Mason Hascall and pushing the puck up the ice and threatening to score again and again. Only strong saves made by the Warrior’s goalie off the stick of Kaiden Leger kept the Wasps off the scoreboard again.
“It’s really been a lot of fun,” Brosnahan stated. “We really just focus on getting better each game. We’re starting to communicate out there and getting used to each other.”
Shuflin, who was without assistant coach Volker Ritzinger, starting wing Cody Ritzinger and defenseman Kelsie Radke, was confident during the game and keeps his players positive. “We just have to keep skating,” he said. “I tell them ‘Don’t give up’ and they don’t. They play hard. We’ll be standing here two years from now winning a lot of these teams.”