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Lone Peak Wins Opener Against Bingham

Lone Peak v. BinghamThe Lone Peak Knights opened their 2013 spring season on Wednesday against the Bingham Miners at South Jordan Middle School.
Lone Peak came out fierce winning the first four faceoffs and overwhelming Bingham’s net with four quick goals stunning the Miners defense and their crowd. Contributors to the Knights’ shooting spree were Senior Attackman Jake Stout, Senior Defender Matt Whiting, and Junior Midfielder Mitch Decker. Bingham tried to regroup, but Lone Peak did not ease their defensive pressure winning most of the faceoffs and taking the ball away anytime Bingham touched it. By the end of the first quarter the Knights had amassed three additional goals, two great side-arm shots by Junior Midfielder Tanner Sheide and a nice shot from Senior Attackman Mac Jones. With the score 7-0 it appeared the Knights were in the driver’s seat and Bingham wasn’t going to enjoy the ride.
Lone Peak did not let up at the start of the second quarter. Freshman Attackmen Josh Stout, younger brother to Jake, found the back of the net, and was followed by his brother, Jake, with a rip. Jones added another great shot to run the score up to 10-0. Bingham’s defense regrouped, and after winning a couple of faceoffs finally got their offense rolling with a goal by Junior Attackman Landon Spencer followed by a man-up goal by veteran Varsity attackman Nick Jenson. The half time score was 10-2 for Lone Peak. If the Miners wanted to win, they needed to make a few adjustments to at halftime.
Bingham started the second half with their returning Varsity goalie Scott Bronson. Bronson provided several impressive saves bringing some much needed confidence to the defense and a glimmer of hope for a better half. Lone Peak’s Jake Stout continued the Knights’ dominance with two more goals, one on man-up, but Bingham countered with a man-up goal by Sophomore Attackman Matt Anderson and another gritty shot from Spencer. Bingham was its own worst enemy playing much of the quarter down a man or two resulting from several penalties, but the defense held tight along with the help of several amazing face-to-face saves by Bronson. By the end of three the Knights were up 12-5.
Lone Peak v. BinghamLone Peak came out at the start of the fourth quarter determined to put the game away. Freshman Josh Stout added two quick goals to the Knight’s total and it looked like the game was over. But Bingham wasn’t going to give up. Behind the inspired play of Bronson and a switch-up at the faceoff position Bingham began to win the ball. They pounded Lone Peak’s goalie, who was enjoying an easy game up to this point with a quick succession of goals, three from Junior Midfielder Ricky Griffin, three more from Spencer, a diving shot from Senior Midfielder Jeff Hunsaker and an eighth from Sophomore Midfielder Josh Croall. Unfortunately for the Miners the final horn came too soon. Lone Peak survived the frantic fourth quarter barrage winning the game 14-12.
Lone Peak Head Coach Marlan Coe summed up his team’s effort by saying, “It was a good opening game and a good win against a quality opponent. Our offense stepped up and played a good game. Defense played well, but needs improvement.”
Next up for Bingham, Pleasant Grove on March 9. Lone Peak’s next game is March 12 vs Bonneville.

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