UW Hockey Club Dominates Mesa State
Oct. 26, 2009 -- The University of Wyoming hockey club, powered by Billy Ross (Superior, Colo.), Mitch Nelson (Sheridan) and Kenny Ainsworth (Casper), swept a two-game weekend series against Mesa State College.
The Cowboys (5-2) overwhelmed the Mavericks (2-9-1) in both games, winning 6-2 and 8-1 at Glacier Ice Arena in Grand Junction, Colo. Fourteen players recorded at least one point for UW, which outshot Mesa State by a staggering 103-45 count over the weekend.
In Saturday's opener, Ross netted the first two goals of the game to spark the Cowboys. Ryan Allred (Laramie), Jake Bates and Luke Walker (Jackson) and Taylor Freeman (Parker, Colo.) also scored goals.
Bates, Nelson, Elliott Bauder (Douglas), Erik Blomberg (Parker, Colo.), Dustin Galbreath (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Willy Miller (Arvada, Colo.) and Levi Wood (Cheyenne) recorded assists for UW.
Nelson was the Cowboys' offensive star in Sunday's contest, notching his first collegiate hat trick and assisting on another goal. Bauder added three assists and Bates and Ross each contributed a pair of helpers.
Allred, Blomberg, Wood, Willie Forbes (Casper) and Craig Luplow (Banner) also scored goals for UW. Walker, T.J. Peters (Jackson) and Tyler Yorke (Calgary, Alberta) added assists.
Ainsworth earned both victories in goal, turning aside 19 shots in the first game and making 23 saves in the series finale. After a one-year hiatus from the club, Ainsworth has won four of his first five starts while posting a 1.80 goals-against average.
The Cowboys, ranked No. 7 in the season's inaugural Pacific Region poll of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, match up against Border War rival Colorado State University (3-0-1) this week. The teams' lone meeting of the season is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at EPIC Ice Arena in Fort Collins, Colo.
Posted on Monday, October 26, 2009