Bingham versus Park City, Blue versus Red, and Miner versus Miner has turned into quite a rivalry game. On March 30th the Park City Miners got off to a fast start and never let the Bingham Miners back in the game.
Bingham’s Blake McMillan won the initial face-off and headed for the crease. Park City goalie, Ian Sime turned away Bingham’s first few attempts, setting a tone for the remainder of the game. Sime cleared and Justin Pickard ran the length quickly scoring unassisted. Park City’s Jackson Burton took control of the next face. Bingham committed an early foul and PC capitalized on the man-up when Tucker Mirams found the back of the net. A defensive battle ensued with relentless work from Park City’s Josh Hales, Jeff Turner and Cage Lewis allowing Bingham few shooting opportunities. Bingham’s goalie, Zach Meisenbacher had several saves and with help from Mason Olson and Jake Wagstaff was keeping Park City out of the net, but Bingham committed another foul. Tough Bingham D forced a turnover, but Park City recovered and Kolton Atkinson was able to score his first goal. Bingham offense gained a rare faceoff win and attempted another shot, but was unsuccessful. Bingham defenders made clearing difficult for Park City causing a key turnover, but you can only play defense for so long. Park City regained possession and Pickard scored his second goal unassisted from the left. The blue Miners finally got in the game near the end of the first quarter when Joe Lambert rounded the crease from behind right and then shot over his left shoulder for Bingham’s first goal. At the end of one it was 4 to 1 for Park City.
Park City started the second quarter with a faceoff win from Burton. Bingham held forcing a turnover and returned the ball to offense. Lambert used his speed to burn the Park City defense and scored unassisted. Park City didn’t cry over spilled milk. After winning the face, Park City’s quick stick work resulted in a goal from Chad Merrick assisted by Pederson. PC grabbed the next face and Beau Pederson wasted no time burning the Bingham D and scoring unassisted. Park City’s defense was torturous stealing the rock from Bingham and creating enough chaos to cause them to commit unforced turnovers. Park City took advantage of generous time with the ball, and Mirams scored with another assist from Pederson. Bingham was blessed with an extra man opportunity, lost the ball to Park City, regained possession with a brilliant take away from Wagstaff, and then Matt Anderson passed to Jordan Brough to score. Park City was unfazed. Burton snatched another faceoff, sped downfield and let it rip notching his first goal straight down the middle. Bingham was able to gain the final faceoff of the half, but did not score before time expired. Park City had a significant advantage at half time, 8 to 3.
Coach Marshall Kay brought his Miners out in the third with a new attitude about defense. Coach Gradinger’s boys continued their reign of terror as well. The third quarter was a defensive stalemate. Meisenbacher, with the sun in his eyes fended off every Park City shot. Bingham’s offense had many more opportunities to shoot, thanks to stepped-up defensive play from Kaden Quinn and Harrison Adams, but could not find their offensive rhythm. Park City’s goalie, Sime also turned away every shot and the quarter ended with the same score as the half, 8 to 3 for Park City.
Bingham was blessed to start the fourth quarter with a man-up opportunity. Unfortunately, Park City continued its defensive onslaught causing yet another turnover. Park City’s offense continued its attack and Meisenbacher made three saves. Bingham was advantaged by another Park City foul and Brough made good again finding the back of the net with the help of Kason Eggers. The momentum was short-lived as Park City defense put the hammer down. Park City took the ball to X, Chase Christensen came from behind the crease and dumped the ball in over Meisenbacher’s shoulder. Bingham’s defense did not throw in the towel. Meisenbacher made several more great saves, but found it difficult to clear with unending defensive pressure. Park City’s Pederson reeled in a failed clear and assisted Atkinson for his second goal. Park City finished the game with a final dagger from Cole Flinders.
For Bingham this was an ugly game marked by the inability to get a shot off. For Park City it was another well-executed effort resulting in a resounding win to remain undefeated on the season. The final score was 11 to 4 for Park City.
Bingham is heading to Washington DC to play 3 spring break games between April 1st and 4th. Park City’s next test is a home game on April Fools’ Day against Corner Canyon beginning at 6:15 pm.