What a difference a day or two makes. Games valley-wide were cancelled Wednesday due to several inches of snow. On Friday, the snow was gone, and it was game on. The Bingham Miners have often struggled with Bountiful, but not today. The Miners put up 17 goals. The Braves gutted it out, fighting to the final horn.
Bountiful came out strong in the faceoff, but Bingham’s defense quickly forced them to lose the ball. The Miners took the ball to their end and Kasen Eggers wasted no time passing to Matt Anderson who spilled first blood. The Braves faceoff specialist, Ethan Crawford won again. Bountiful worked it around and attempted shots, but Bingham goalie Zach Meisenbacher fended them off eventually reeling one in. The Miners executed a text book clear returning the ball to their end and Anderson assisted Jordan Brough for goal number two. Bountiful’s Crawford continued to shine in the face-off, and they were able to generate their first man up, but the shot went wide, and they couldn’t regain possession. Meisenbacher “Gilman-ed” to the other end and Bingham burned the clock to all even. Bingham was working the ball and drew a Bountiful penalty. Braves goalie Mitch Edwards made a couple of impressive saves on the man-up, but the Miners prevailed with a goal from Dallen Bentley assisted by Brock McKinney. Bingham’s Skyler Little scooped up the Miners first face off win and initiated a fast break. Bentley passed to Brough for his second goal of the game. The Miners gained possession after a messy face-off battle, and called a timeout. The designed play was expert at Eggers assisted McKinney increasing the lead to five. Bountiful got back on the face-off band wagon, and took a desperate long shot that was easily deflected by Meisenbacher. The Braves repossessed, but Bingham defender Harrison Adams lifted the stick and returned the ball to his offense. Bentley worked the ball around X, and then passed to McKinney who scored with a low lefty. The Braves continued their dominance in the face, but Bingham defenders Jake Wagstaff and Hayden Peterson continued to take the ball away and Miner attackman continued to shoot. Braves’ goalie, Edwards saved two, and cleared the ball to his offense. The possession was short-lived as the Miner defense took the ball again. With the clock winding down, Bingham attackman, Joe Lambert took a long shot from 21 yards out and scored in the left bottom corner as the quarter expired. At the end one it was 7 to 0 for Bingham.
Bingham started the second quarter with Little winning the faceoff. Bountiful quickly forced a turnover and took the ball to their end, but a long shot was easily gathered in by Meisenbacher. Braves’ defenders Easton Bearnson and Jeff Millis pressured the clear and, frustrated, the Miners committed another foul. Bountiful’s attackmen William Clayton, Jamison Tidwell and Brandon Bott peppered the Bingham goal on the man-up, but Meisenbacher turned away every shot eventually returning the ball to his offense. Bountiful’s frustration surfaced, and they committed their second foul. Bingham began the barrage of man-up shots with saves by Edwards, but with good stick work and a heroic pass from McKinney, Brough achieved a hat trick. The Braves won the next face off and Boon Price-Huish went on attack with his fellows aided by a Bingham penalty and extra man offense, but Meisenbacher continued his stingy ways saving and clearing to his own. Lambert brought the ball up field and ended the second quarter the same way he did the first, this time with a torpedo from the arc searing the net. The half ended with the Miners again in penalty and the Braves running the clock out. The score at half was 9 to 0 for Bingham.
The third quarter began with no face and Bountiful still in man-up, but Miner back-up goalie, Connor Fairholm and the Bingham D held tough returning the ball to offense. Bentley took the ball to X, and then deftly ran all the way from right to left around the crease to score unassisted. Bountiful won the next face, but with pressure from Bingham defenders Mason Olson and Kaden Quinn, the Braves failed to advance. The Miners were advantaged by another Bountiful penalty, but turned the ball over. Bountiful cleared the ball, returned to offense and finally scored, but a poorly called time out negated the goal. The Braves lost the ball on the restart, and Lambert ran the length, and then left to right scoring on the run over his right shoulder. Bingham gained a face-off win by Blake McMullin and was awarded an EMO on a trip. Bentley took the ball to X, and just kept running right to left and around the crease to score. The ensuing face off was messy and Bountiful committed another foul. The Miners worked it, and Brough hit Bentley who scored again from twenty out. The next face was a classic battle with both teams fighting for possession. Bingham came out on top, executed a fast break, and McMullin hit Brough for his fourth goal of the game. Bingham won the next face and did not relent on attack. McKinney again came from behind X, fought his way through two defenders, dodged and scored from the left. At the end of three it was 15 to 0 for Bingham.
If there was bright spot for Bountiful, it was in the faceoff position. The Braves took the opening face of the fourth quarter and Bingham blessed them with a penalty resulting in a man-up opportunity. That blessing finally paid off when Zac Jones gave the Braves their first and only goal of the game preventing a shutout. The penalties continued for both sides with similar results. Bountiful fouled; Bentley scored dodging and ripping off a side arm shot. Bingham fouled, and Bountiful failed to score. The Braves tested Bingham’s backup goalie, Jeremy Croall, but with continued tough defense, he held. The Miners continued to pepper their goal with shots and Evan White scored the final goal of the game for Bingham with an assist from Austin Allen. The end result was Bingham 17, Bountiful 1.
Bingham head coach Marshall Kay commented, “We came out focused and set the tone with 7 goals in the first quarter. We had a lot of assists, which is always good. We were feeling the shot and that looked good. We got in penalty trouble, and that did not look good. We were successful in the clear to multiple positions and that opened up shots. [The Braves] are a young team and they’re going to be scary in a couple of years.”
Bingham’s next opponent is Viewmont, Tuesday, April 21st, a make-up game from the snow-out. Bountiful goes on the road to Judge Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 pm.