MASON CITY — Early on this season, the Mohawk Hockey Club has had a few different hurdles to clear.
Injuries have forced some young guys on to the varsity roster, and after a season-opening series last week at Waterloo, the Mohawks learned that a slow start would likely derail anything they're trying to do.
The Mohawks' defense helped it hang around in the opening period Saturday vs. Kansas City, but the offense was never able to find the back of the net in a 4-0 defeat.
“We just really had four mental breakdowns,” Mohawk Hockey Club co-coach Rich Gores said. “We kept with them all game and we had a lot of opportunities, but I think the big difference was that they capitalized and we didn’t. When you look at the shot count, we just couldn’t put the puck in the net.”
The Mohawks and Jets played to a scoreless first period with Mohawk Hockey Club goalie Josh Thilges provided the only real highlights on a couple of nice saves.
Things got away from the Mohawks in the second period as the Jets lit the lamp three times on goals by Landon Kehl, Nick Spolec and Tommy Donovan to put the Mohawks in a 3-0 hole.
The Mohawks had their chances through the period though, including on a couple of breakaways by Zach Jimenez, but Kansas City goalie Ryan Raff stood tall.
Kansas City added one more goal in the third period to go on to the four-goal victory.
The Mohawks finished with a 37-26 shot advantage.
“We had a great chances, and again, when we have those we have to score,” Gores said. “If we score, that changes the complexion of the game.”
Josh Thilges stopped 25 of the 29 shots he faced in goal for the Mohawks.
The teams will meet again Sunday at 11 a.m.