It was Senior Night at Ron Thorn Stadium in South Jordan and the Bingham Miners wanted to make a statement. Tonight they put the pedal to the metal, and didn’t let off until the final horn blew. Judge made it interesting mid-way, but Bingham put the hammer down.
Judge face off specialist Noah Hill snatched up the opening draw and the Bulldog attack took a couple of quick shots deftly turned away by Bingham goalie Zach Meisenbacher. A Miner penalty gave the Bulldogs an early man-up advantage, and Miles Eyre wasted no time putting Judge on the scoreboard first. Bingham won the next face, and Jordan Brough quickly tied the game with an assist from Dallin Bentley. The Bulldogs fouled Brough going in and tempers flared after the play causing flags to come raining down. Judge goalie Johnny Garlinghouse was asked to take a knee and Bingham was given the ball. It took little time for Bentley to score assisted by Brock McKinney. Judge came roaring back securing the next faceoff, but Miner senior defensiveman, Mason Olson stripped the ball away returning it to his offense. Bentley rounded the crease left to right and scored off a pass from Josh Degn. Bingham’s momentum carried over to the next draw, and Judge’s frustration earned them another penalty. The Miners made good on the extra man offense when Kasen Eggers scored with a bounce shot from the right assisted by Josh Croall. Judge’s facer Hill pinched the next draw, but Bingham senior defensiveman Jake Wagstaff forced a turnover and cleared to the Miner offense. Brough fed Tyler Monsen, junior attackman who ripped one adding to Bingham’s total. The Bulldogs continued their dominance in the draw and finally put together some shot attempts. Meisenbacher saved and the Miners successfully cleared. Bentley worked it around X passing to Monsen, who ripped in a screamer, mid to high for his second goal. Bingham gained possession near the end of the quarter and Bentley received a pass from Matt Anderson resulting in the Miner’s seventh goal. The Miners committed a foul after the next faceoff and Judge ran the clock. At the end of one quarter it was Bingham 7, Judge 1.
The Bulldogs began quarter two in man-up. Doug Gosselin made the most of it notching Judge’s second goal. They grabbed the next draw, but once again excellent Bingham defensive play took the ball away. Joe Lambert headed downfield, dodged, faked and the dodged again scoring easily center right. Judge prevailed in the face and Bingham defense stole it back. Both defenses hunkered down and the early part of the quarter was one turnover after another with goalie rejections in between. The Bulldogs gained an extra man, but Bingham’s Olson stripped the Judge attack again. The Bulldogs committed a foul, making it 5-on-5 for a time and then Bingham was in man-up. Bulldog goalie Garlinghouse made two brilliant saves, but Bentley added to his tally scoring unassisted before the man-up expired. Bulldog facer Hill reeled in the next draw and Judge went to work on offense. Meisenbacher turned away two and then had a bad clear. Bingham fouled again and Judge had the extra man. The Miners committed another penalty giving Judge a two-man advantage. Their first shot was turned away, and Bingham defense scrapped for the rebound. Judge recovered and their next shot was denied. The Miners snatched up the rebound, burned to goal on their end and the quarter came to an end with a save from Garlinghouse. At the half the surprising score was Bingham 9, Judge 2.
Judge started the third in control of the faceoff again, but Bingham wasted no time taking it away. Judge committed a foul and the Miners took the ball to the hole with Brough feeding Lambert, who drilled his favorite shot, a high-to-high rope left. The Bulldogs tried to get in rhythm securing the draw and executing a fast break that resulted in an unassisted goal from Noah Hill. Bingham was determined to kill momentum taking the next faceoff, but Judge forced a turnover. Meisenbacher, in a brilliant series, blocked or deflected four shots, and the Miners headed for their own goal. The Bulldogs compelled another turnover and returned to shooting. Bingham held strong with Olson picking up a ground ball, but Judge needed to get something going, and they took it back. Aidan Larson took it to goal bringing the Bulldogs within four and Bingham fans started a rallying cheer. Judge won the draw and went to work again. The Miners committed a foul after a shot giving the Bulldogs another man-up. Meisenbacher deflected a shot and Bingham defender Hayden Peterson hooked the rebound, but had it taken away by a desperate Judge defense. Gosselin made good on the EMO bringing Judge within five and igniting their small, but loud fan base. The quarter ended with another Bingham foul, but Miner defense and Meisenbacher held tight burning the man-up. At the end of three Judge was a little closer with 5 goals to Bingham’s 10.
Judge seized the moment and the first draw of the final quarter. Bingham generated another turnover, but also garnered another penalty. The Miner defense held tight, and just as one penalty expired, they committed another. Judge’s David Turner made them pay bringing Judge within four. The Bulldogs plucked up the next faceoff and called a timeout. The play worked brilliantly as Gosselin put the team on his back and brought the Bulldogs within three. Bingham fans intensified their cheering and it seemed to help. Senior middie Blake McMullin grabbed the next draw, took the ball to the goal and passed to Lambert who fed Brough for his second goal, a worm burner from the left. The Miners fed off the exhilaration and in reverse order, Brough fed Lambert who scorched the net. The advantage was back up to five. Judge won the next draw, took the ball down and shot quickly. Meisenbacher saved and sent it the other way. Bingham shot and Garlinghouse saved. Both teams’ defenses put it in overdrive, and they traded turnovers. Judge managed to get off a shot, once again saved by Meisenbacher, and were advantaged by a Bingham penalty, but the Miners were not going to let this game get away. Bingham defenders guarded rigorously, and eventually regained possession. Back in the Miner half, Lambert took the ball sweeping left to right, and shot over his left shoulder putting the dagger in. On fire, Bingham won the next faceoff and Matt Anderson received it from half, ran through the Judge defense and scored unassisted from the right. Judge had the last draw and Gosselin padded his stats with his fifth and the Bulldogs final goal of the game. The final score was Bingham 14, Judge 8.
The Miners senior night was a huge success. Bingham’s success can be attributed to 9 assists on 14 goals and 10 caused turnovers. Meisenbacher was credited with 10 saves and the Miners secured 29 ground balls. Judge’s bright spots were Doug Gosselin, scoring 5 goals, and Noah Hill, winning 15 of the 17 face offs he took.
Bingham concludes their regular season at Woods Cross on April 29th. Judge will visit Viewmont on April 29th.