In a sense, the loss in their previous matchup was a reality check as the Miners had breezed through their regular season.
With starting goalie Brent O'Connell up all night on Sunday with the flu, Park City turned to Cameron Kincaid. The Vikings took notice, firing shots from all over, but Kincaid never flinched, allowing only one goal.
"They had 28 shots, usually that's about a three-goal game for them," said Park City player Will Radovan.
"[Kincaid] played very solid. He really stepped up to the occasion," said Dufford.
Along with Kincaid, Radovan came through when needed the most, scoring the game-winning goal on a breakaway with 7:36 remaining.
"Willie is one of those guys he's not the prettiest skater, he's not the prettiest puck handler, but Will's got a great mind," said Dufford. "He doesn't get consumed by the pressure and there's no one on this team that I'd rather have out there in a big situation."
Satisfied with the win as he and a total of 12 seniors look forward to their final Utah high school game, Radovan believes his team did not play its best game.
"I think we've just got to come out with a little more tenacity," he said.
Come Friday night, the most tenacious team on that night will leave the ice a champion.
Park City 2, Viewmont 1
R Park City comes out of the losers' bracket to beat Viewmont, setting up a winner-take-all game for the state title on Monday.
• Park City JV goalkeeper Cameron Kincaid gets the start; he stops 27 of 28 shots.