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Bingham Miners Bury Sky View

Bingham v. Sky ViewOn March 21st Sky View visited Bingham.  It was a tight contest through one, but the Bobcats had one bad quarter that determined their fate.  The Miners poured on the defense to hand the Sky View the loss.
Bingham won the first face off and wasted no time shooting.  Joe Lambert went in, but was turned away by Sky View Goalie Philip Cannell who returned the rock to his offense.  Bingham committed a foul giving the Bobcats an early man-up opportunity, but they were unable to capitalize.  Miner goalie Zach Meisenbacher cleared down field and Bingham took a couple of shots.  Blake McMullin grabbed a ground ball and put it back in to draw first blood.  Sky View tied the game up on the next series with a low to high shot from Trey Bushman assisted by Chase Roper.  The Bobcats’ Grayson Pitcher won the next face off, but good defense from the Miners caused a turnover and McMullin scored again with help from Josh Croall.  The next face-off was a messy battle with Sky View eventually gaining possession, but the Miner defense was relentless and took it away again.  Jordan Brough took the ball in transition and passed to Dallin Bentley who dunked in his first goal.  Sky View’s Cannell with defensive backup from Jordan Campbell and Kyle Bland didn’t give up turning away several more Miner shots and then they tied the game with two shots, one from Carson Gray and the other from Stockton Huskinson. At the end of one it was 3 to 3.
Bingham wasted no time as the second quarter started.  McMullin won the face off, took it to goal and Bentley took a quick pass from Joe Lambert and scored by sneaking a grounder under the legs of Cannell.  The Miner’s defenders Mason Olson and Hayden Peterson toughened up allowing Sky View few opportunities to get to the crease.  When they did, Meisenbacher turned them away.  Josh Croall came out on the winning end of a ground ball battle and returned the ball to the Miner crease assisting Brock McKinney for Bingham fifth goal.  Skylar Little was successful in the next face, Bentley took the ball around X and fed Lambert who ripped the net mid to high left.  Face off success continued for the Miners as did scoring.  Bentley fed Jordan Brough, McKinney assisted Lambert who placed the rock in the upper V, Lambert returned the favor assisting Croall, and the quarter ended with Croall scoring a beautiful lefty unassisted.  Sky View had a solid defensive effort, but the Miners were on fire.  At half time Bingham had opened up a commanding lead 10 to 3.
Bingham started off the third quarter with no loss of momentum.   They won the face and turned it over, but Meisenbacher reeled in two quick saves.  When the ball returned to the Miner half, McKinney quick-sticked it to Croall who caught and shot for a hat trick.  Croall was inspired accepting a pass from Little, dodging and weaving his way through the Bobcat defense to score his fourth from the top of the arch.  The Miners defense got a little sloppy and Sky View was given a chance on man up.  They didn’t waste their opportunity and Brock Halling scored from eight yards out.  Foul trouble continued for the Miners and Meisenbacher was strong, but after several shots were turned away Carson Gray was able to connect with a beauty that nicked the pipe as it went in.  The Miners quickly got it back when Bentley just minutes later put in his second goal.  Sky View closed out the quarter with Ben Watteyne snatching a hard fought face off and Halling scored with an assist from Roper.  The Bobcats had an even quarter, but Bingham still have a seven goal lead at the end of three, 13 to 6.
Although the Miners had a commanding lead, they didn’t back off.  Little achieved the face off possession and Kason Eggers fed Lambert for another goal to run the deficit up to eight.  Sky View won the next face off, but Miner defense was incessant taking the ball away again.  Bingham’s offense executed perfect passing from Brough at X, rotating right to McMullin, over to McKinney who passed to Croall for goal number five.   Meisenbacher continued his brilliant effort with another save, but a Miner defender gave Sky View its fourth extra man opportunity.  They capitalized on the gift and Halling had his third goal.  Sky View won the next face and then both squads traded shots, turn overs, ground ball recoveries and physical defensive play.  The Bobcats created a little chaos in the Bingham crease.  Sky View ran right to left drawing the Miner defense and Meisnebacher out of the net.  The ball was passed back to Halling who scored easily on the open net.  The Miners didn’t let the sting of the Sky View open net goal last long.  McMullin secured the ensuring face off, got the ball to his end and Bentley passed to Garrett Peterson sharing the wealth.   A late quarter clothes-line foul gave Sky View another man up opportunity, but Bingham protected their goal and the game ended 16 to 8.
Coach Marshall Kay summarized by saying, “We shared the ball better than ever with 13 out of 16 goals assisted.  Offense worked well inside against a goalie that is very good.  We controlled the face-off for most of the game and defense was communicating well.  All four of our attackman had 20 points, which is remarkable, and it made for a great game overall.”  Zach Meisenbacher had a stellar day with 17 saves.
Bingham will challenge its long-time rival, Alta in Alta Stadium on Thursday, March 26th.  Sky View’s next opponent is Juan Diego in Logan on March 26th.
View the photo gallery from this game here.

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