MASON CITY — A shorthanded Mohawk Hockey Club got the start it wanted Tuesday against Ames. Unfortunately it didn’t get the finish it needed as a less than 100 percent lineup wore down late in the game.
Ames shook off an early Mohawk goal to score three unanswered goals in a 3-1 victory.
“We were shorthanded to start with … but I thought the effort out of the team was tremendous,” Mohawk Hockey Club co-coach John Lloyd said. “(Ames) beat us the other day (4-2) but seeing that we were shorthanded to start and then to come back and have a pretty good effort where I thought we could’ve done something.”
Junior Zach Jimenez gave the Mohawks (3-6-0-0) that good start with a goal 3 minutes, 32 seconds into the first period when he worked a puck past Ames goaltender Spencer Northway just inside the right faceoff dot. Nate Lassise and Jacob Lang assisted on the goal.
Aside from getting a chance on a penalty shot with 4:17 to play in the first, the Mohawks’ quality opportunities were limited even with a 12-10 shot advantage in the period.
Ames (4-4-0-1) tied the game 1-1 at the 14:08 mark in the first on a breakaway goal by Ryan Mills off a turnover. Mills used a couple moves to maintain separation from the defense and scored past goalie Derek Walker falling down.
The Little Cyclones grabbed their first lead of the game with a goal by Blaine Colman 4:43 into the second period. The Mohawks had three power-play opportunities in the period but failed to get anything in the goal to tie the game.
Ames added to its lead with a goal by Cole Rogers 2:32 into the third to make it 3-1.
As the period wore on, the fatigue became more of a problem for the Mohawk Hockey Club as it failed to find anything else. The Mohawks finished with two shots in the third period.
Walker stayed busy in net all the night the Mohawks, stopping 24 of the 27 shots he faced.
“Derek is doing a tremendous job,” Lloyd said. “We consider him our No. 1 goalie and he’s shown us that he is our No. 1 goalie.”
The Mohawks return home this weekend for a series vs. Quad City on Saturday night and Sunday morning.