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On a beautiful, but frigid day the Bingham Miners outlasted the Copper Hills Grizzlies in a fast-paced first game of the season.
The Miners got off to a fast start taking the faceoff and drawing first blood when Dallin Bentley muscled his way through the Grizzly defense and scored setting the tone for the first quarter.  Bingham controlled the first six minutes of the game, coming up with hard-fought face-offs all but once.  The Miners executed their offense well, according to Bingham head coach Marshall Kay, which led to their second goal, an unexpected rocket from the left by Joe Lambert.  Bentley followed up his first goal with another rounding the net from the right and dunking it in.  Copper Hills finally achieved a face-off win and did some good skip passing resulting in their first goal by Mike Wright.  Bingham controlled the next face and got the ball down to X.  Josh Croall rolled around from the left and executed a sweet fake that resulted in his first score of the season.  After another messy face-off that Bingham eventually won Matt Anderson forced his way down the center bouncing the rock into the net.  The first quarter ended with Bingham in control 5 to 1.
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The second quarter was punctuated by defense.  Copper Hills figured out the face-off, giving themselves more opportunity.  Bingham responded to the Grizzly attack with key saves from Goalie Zach Meisenbacher.  The Grizzlies’ tightened defense made it difficult for Bingham to get close to the net and they also had excellent play from their goalie, Daniel Bell.  Tanner Skadburg got the Grizzly offense moving and was rewarded with a goal.  With momentum sparked, excellent play from their defense and help from the fouling Miners, Copper Hills found the net once again with a nice shot from LeRoy Sandberg.  At half Copper Hills had cut the lead by two making it 6 to 3 for Bingham.
The third quarter started with emotions bubbling over between these two rival teams.  Copper Hills fouled early and Lambert capitalized on the man-up opportunity earning his first hat trick of the season.  Bingham returned the foul achieving a penalty of its own, but the Grizzlies were unable to take advantage of the extra man offense.  Face-offs were competitive, and defense on both teams stepped up the physical play, resulting in more penalties.  Copper Hills was stopped on a short-range shot, but Meisenbacher fouled the attackman as he came out of the box to clear and earned a two-minute, non-releasable penalty.  Grizzly fans went crazy and sensed an opportunity for a momentum shift.  The Miners called in their back-up goalie, Jeremy Croall and hunkered down for a long two minutes.  On Copper Hills’ first man-up shot, Croall made the save and then chucked the ball all the way down field to Evan White.  White scored easily letting a little of the air out of the Grizzlies’ balloon.  Bingham won the ensuing face-off and went to straight to attack.  James Monsen scored on a bullet shot erasing whatever momentum Copper Hills had gained.  The Grizzlies’ frustration mounted resulting in more penalties and another man-up goal from Lambert.  Jordan Brough closed out the quarter for Bingham by shoving his way down the center giving Bingham an 11 to 4 lead at the end of three quarters.
In the fourth quarter Bingham’s defense continued its stifling work.  The Miners wanted to close out strong, and Lambert helped by ducking and weaving to score his fifth goal on the day.  Copper Hills mounted a rally with great goals from Ethan Brown, Keaton Stephens and a second bounce shot under the legs of Meisenbacher from Skadburg.  But it was too little, too late for the Grizzlies.  Bingham closed out strong and the game ended with the Miners on top 13 to 7.
Kay summed up his first game by saying, “We came out aggressive and defense was there when they needed to be.  We had two man-up goals and the back-up goalie made key saves.  We had eleven penalties and that number needs to be cut in half.  The officials called the game square and I appreciated them today.”
Bingham plays Corner Canyon Friday, March 6th.  Copper Hills next opponent is Alta, also on March 6th.

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