The score of the Bingham Miners vs Skyline Eagles game is not reflective of the excellent defensive play offered by both teams. From start to finish it was hard hitting, turnover causing, pain-inflicting play. Bingham came out on top 13-11, but Skyline did not make it easy.
Bingham came out determined to put the pain of their last loss behind them. The first faceoff set the tone with both teams fighting for possession. Bingham came out on top and Josh Croall drew first blood when he took a pass from Brigham Jewkes and put the ball in the net for a rare early first quarter goal for the Miners. After another faceoff and possession battle between Bingham’s James Packer and Skyline’s Ian Kadish, the Miners’ Matt Anderson streaked down field, looked to pass, but then dumped the ball into the goal taking the Eagles by surprise. Skyline tried to gain its composure, but Bingham again gained possession and Jordan Brough offered up his first goal on a fast break with an assist by Talen Little. It looked like Bingham was going to avenge its embarrassing loss to Waterford at the expense of Skyline. Defense on both sides ground it out causing turnovers with goalies Scott Bronson and Oliver Martin making great saves. The Eagles Lane Kadish decided to take the game into his own hands winning the faceoff and then weaving through the Miner defense notching his first goal unassisted. Skyline gained a little momentum and Chris Williams picked up a ground ball and then found his way to an unassisted goal as well. It was 3-2 and Bingham had lost a little steam, but they didn’t lose their mojo. Dallin Bentley scored off a quick pass from Croall. Skyline was able to achieve a two minute, non-releasable, man-up opportunity, but excellent play by Miners’ defensive players Jake Saenz, Bradin Wilson and Hayden Peterson with help from middie Cody Elmen held the Eagles scoreless. At the end of one quarter is was Bingham 4, Skyline 2.
The second quarter started with Bingham winning the face off, but Skyline’s defense led by Andy Lanie, Matt Bowen, Ben Adams and Nate Wade quickly returned the ball to their offensive end. Eagle’s goalie Martin fought off several Bingham shots, but the Miners Joe Lambert found a way to score assisted by Dallin Bentley. Once again Lane Kadish put his team on his back dodging from behind the Bingham crease and dumping in his second shot. Things got a little messy with both teams trading turnovers, but eventually Bingham’s Cody Elmen received a long pass and was able to beat the defense for his first goal. Skyline was scoreless on another man-up opportunity, but started winning the majority of face offs with an unbeatable clamp by Ian Kadish. The Eagles got a fast break and brother Lane scored easily. Skyline won the ensuring face off and defender Wade helped create chaos around the crease which resulted in Bronson falling and Lane Kadish notching a hat trick. Bingham’s Croall wanted a hat trick of his own, so he grabbed a pass from Blake McMullin and sent a scorching ground shot in to increase the Miner’s lead by 3. Skyline took possession on a faceoff and pressed offensively led by midfielder Luke Ramirez, but Croall picked off a sloppy Skyline pass and burned in for his fourth goal on the day ending the half with Bingham on top 9 to 5.
Skyline started the third quarter by getting Bingham on its heels with a penalty. The Eagle’s Bert Merrill scored after taking the ball away from the Bingham defense. Croall was determined to not let this one get away. Kason Eggers rounded the crease from X and passed the ball to Croall, who took a rip shot scoring his fifth. Mason Olson, Jake Wagstaff and Hayden Peterson continued their defensive pressure against the Eagles, but Bingham failed to clear with their goalie way out of position allowing Lane Kadish to take an easy midfield shot with no Miners in sight. The Eagles fed off that momentum and Bingham’s offense faltered with another bad pass allowing Merrill his second goal unassisted. Merrill was inspired and took control of another bad pass with the ensuring chaos putting Bingham in another man-down situation. Lane Kadish claimed his fifth goal on the man-up offensive play. At the end of three Skyline was clawing their way back into the game with the score Bingham 10, Skyline 9.
At the start of the fourth, Bingham gained control of a faceoff, but Eagle’s goalie Martin stood his ground. Good offensive pressure from the Miners sent Skyline into a penalty situation. Bingham took advantage with a well-crafted, man-up play resulting in a goal from Joe Lambert assisted by Eggers. Skyline returned the defensive favor resulting in a man-up opportunity for them, and Ezra Schoefield made good on the extra man offense. Emotions were running high on and off the field. Miners’ defender Bradin Wilson forced a key turnover and Croall once again was able to capitalize with a beautiful dodge left, shot right goal assisted by Matt Anderson. Skyline wasn’t giving up! They still had time and Harrison Martin brought them to within one again assisted by Merrill. Bingham gained control of a critical late game faceoff and played a little “keep away”, but then Lambert finished his day with a left side goal to seal the deal.
Skyline Head Coach Coach Dan Schmidt stated, “I’m proud of the way my boys responded. Bingham jumped out pretty quickly. We clawed our way back in and had a great couple of looks to tie the game. We were within one a couple of times. All the credit goes to Bingham. They came out and played with emotion and that gave them the victory.’
Bingham Head Coach Marshall Kay summed his team’s play, “We came out on fire and sustained it for a substantial part of the game, maybe 80%, which led to the win. I thought we matched them physically and our defense played very well. Offensively we made the easy looks and it paid off, but we will probably see them again so we have to be prepared.”
Skyline is back on the field April 16th against Judge at 7:00 pm. Bingham’s next game is a critical match-up against Juan Diego on April 23rd.