MASON CITY — The Mohawk Hockey Club and Des Moines Oak Leafs seemed destined for a shootout on Friday.
In the teams’ first meeting this season it was the Mohawks coming on top in a shootout but this time it was the Oak Leafs prevailing with a 4-3 shootout victory in Midwest High School Hockey League Central Division action at the North Iowa Ice Arena.
“We beat them early in the year 3-2 in a shootout but I guess it was their turn,” Mohawk Hockey Club co-coach John Lloyd said. “We had a total team effort and just came up a little short in this one.”
Zach Jimenez got the Mohawks (5-6-0-1) on the board with an unassisted goal 8 minutes, 24 seconds into the opening period.
However, Dawson Zeutenhorst tied the game just over four minutes later on the Oak Leafs’ power play.
The Mohawk Hockey Club’s special teams let them down again in the second period as Mark Hannam Jr. was able to get the puck past goaltender Derek Walker with one second remaining on the Mohawks’ power play for a 2-1 lead.
Meanwhile, Jacob Chau got behind the Mohawk Hockey Club defense, pushing the lead to 3-1 for the Oak Leafs (7-2-0-2) with 1:18 left in the second period.
However, Walker would be solid in goal in the third as the Mohawks were able to come back from the two-goal deficit.
“Derek has given us a good game every time he’s out on the ice,” Lloyd said. “He gives it everything he’s got and I’m very proud of him.”
The senior recorded 29 saves for the Mohawks, allowing shootout goals to Ryan Greenough and Tyler French after senior Jacob Peterson and Jimenez, a junior, helped get the game to the shootout with third-period goals.
Peterson cut the Des Moines lead to 3-2 with 9:04 remaining in the third period on an assist from J.J. Hahn. Jimenez tied the game with 1:08 remaining on an assist from Bryce Butler.
“We just refused to give up, even when we were down two goals,” Lloyd said. “We found a way to come back.”