On March 6th Corner Canyon showed why they are considered the boys team to beat in Spring 2015. They came out fast, poured it on and never relented. Bingham was stunned from the first face-off and never really got back in the game.
The tone was set when Corner Canyon’s star middie, Zack Franckowiak took the opening face-off, burned down the turf and ripped off a goal in less than ten seconds. Bingham recovered fighting to win the ensuing face off. Joe Lambert did what he does best, scoring from the left, and it was game on. The Chargers were nearly impossible to beat in the face, but the Miner defense led by Mason Olsen stepped up to force turnovers. Corner Canyon committed a penalty giving Bingham an opportunity on extra man-up, but the Chargers’ defense forced a turnover. The Miners called for a stick check, which resulted in a one-minute, non-releasable penalty for the Chargers. However, their defense held strong and Bingham was not able to convert. To add insult to injury, Corner Canyon’s Ryan Hansen came from behind X, dodging and scoring. The Miners got some great saves in the first quarter from Goalie Zach Meisenbacher, but he was unable to stop a quarter ending goal from Zack Franckowiak, top shelf unassisted. It was 3 to 1 after one.
Corner Canyon’s relentless defense continued in the second quarter with tough play from Iszac Lambourne and Garrett Michaeli. Middie Matthew Graney brought the ball down field with his amazing speed. The Chargers defense committed another penalty, but toughed it out denying the Miners once again. Corner Canyon’s Kyle Reaveley wreaked havoc causing multiple turnovers. A bright spot in defense for Bingham was Olsen who recovered several ground balls and used his speed to return it to the offense, but the Miners had difficulty getting off good shots. Corner Canyon’s goalie, Quinton Mathie gathered in Bingham’s attempts and efficiently cleared to offense. The Chargers were rewarded with a goal from Max Asay. Corner Canyon took the ball from Bingham again and Davis Zwicky aided by Reaveley scored. Bingham tried to dig out and Blake McMullin was able to score assisted by Dallin Bentley. The fouls continued for the Chargers and Bingham was finally able to capitalize on the EMO when Tyler Monsen scored with an assist from Jordan Brough. Zach Franckowiak put his team on his shoulders and ripped off another unassisted goal stealing Bingham’s thunder. Excellent defense continued with good work from Chandler Salazar. Brough tried to keep Bingham in the game assisting Josh Croall with a searing goal from left to right, but after another blown man-up opportunity, the Miners were no closer. The score at half was 7 to 4.
Corner Canyon started the third quarter identical to the first with Zach Franckowiak winning the face and screaming down to goal. His brother, Max was involved in several key plays stealing the ball and forcing more Miner turnovers. Frustration mounted and the Miners committed a foul. Meisenbacher fought off several attempts from the Chargers, but Bingham committed another foul and on the EMO Matt Graney scored with an assist from Max Franckowiak. Corner Canyon’s defense was punishing, committing yet another foul, but hunkering in and not allowing the Miners to score. Zach Franckowiak made it four goals on the day with yet another unassisted goal off a turnover from Bingham. The Miners got another man-up opportunity, but were turned away once again. The Chargers fast-paced, accurate passing kept the Miners’ defense on their heels and allowed Asay to burn twine from way out. Bingham’s off-kilter defense committed another foul, and Graney assisted Max Franckowiak, and on the next offensive series put the icing on the cake with his own unassisted goal. The Chargers’ stingy play shut Bingham out of the third quarter and their sizable lead at the end of three was 13 to 4.
History repeated itself in this game. Bingham started the fourth quarter with a face-off violation, and Zach Franckowiak took the ball to X and then easily dodged around and dumped it in unassisted. The Chargers would not let up. Jason Adams scored left to low right, and Corner Canyon’s defense created chaos completely undoing Bingham’s defense. Zach Franckowiak took advantage of the frustration and miscommunication scoring his sixth goal. Bingham was able to get one goal in the fourth quarter from Josh Croall, and defense held Corner Canyon on two consecutive man-up opportunities with excellent play from Hayden Peterson and back-up Goalie Jeremy Croall, who had three saves in one series, but the Chargers ended the game with one more goal from Haden Trudo assisted by Hansen. The final score was 17 to 5.
The key to this game was stifling defense from Reaveley, Drew Barnes, Michaeli, Salazar and Hunter Wells along with unmatched offense fueled by the Franckowiak brothers and Matt Graney. Corner Canyon head coach Mark Davis said, “We played extremely well in the second half scoring ten goals and allowing just one. Defense played phenomenal and offense stepped it up.”
Corner Canyon’s next opponent if Jordan on March 10th. The Miners will visit Juan Diego that same day.