AMES – Senior Speed Toyne has not been the Mohawk Hockey Club's first option to go to when it needs a goal most this season.
But on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Midwest High School Hockey League tournament, Toyne came through in a crucial spot.
With the game vs. Omaha tied 2-2, and time winding down in the third period, Toyne lifted a puck past Omaha goalie Luke Weberg with less than four minutes remaining to send the Mohawks into the semifinals with a 3-2 victory. Cole Baskerville and Jaxon Jones assisted on the game-winner.
Omaha took advantage of a goal by Alec Skradski in the first period to take a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
The Mohawks even the score with a goal of their own by Jacob Lang in the second period, and the teams would head to the final period tied 1-1.
At the 10:46 mark in the third, Baskerville put the Mohawks up 2-1 with a goal, and Omaha had its response less than two minutes later to tie the game. Then came Toyne's game-winner.
Goalie Erik McHenry stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced for the Mohawks.
The Mohawks will face the winner between Kansas City and the Des Moines Oak Leafs on Saturday at noon.