UW Hockey Club Upsets No. 1 Team in Pacific Region
The University of Wyoming hockey club swept a pair of weekend games, highlighted by a six-goal victory over the top-ranked team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association's Pacific Region.
One night after beating Fresno State University for their first win in four games this season at the Taco John's Events Center, the Cowboys routed College of the Canyons 7-1 Saturday night at the Laramie Community Ice Arena to improve to 8-4 this season.
UW scored six unanswered goals in the first two periods against the Cougars, who had lost just once in their first 11 games this season. Seth Farrell (Longmont, Colo.) and T. J. Peters (Jackson) each had a goal and an assist for the Cowboys, and Kenny Ainsworth (Casper) turned aside 23 shots to earn the win in goal.
Erik Blomberg (Parker, Colo.), Dustin Galbreath (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Willy Miller (Arvada, Colo.), Cody Suder (Laramie) and Tyler Yorke (Calgary, Alberta) also scored goals for UW. Mitch Nelson (Sheridan) had two assists for the Cowboys, and Rick Comer (Gillette), Luke Walker (Jackson) and Lucas Wescoat (Idaho Falls, Idaho) also contributed assists.
In UW's weekend opener, Blomberg and Wescoat scored first-period goals and the Cowboys' defense did the rest in a 2-1 decision over the Bulldogs in Cheyenne. Farrell, Nelson and Walker were credited with assists for UW. Ainsworth made 22 saves for the victory.
The Cowboys, ranked No. 6 in the Pacific Region, face a tremendous challenge this week with three games at the Clash in the Corn tournament at Sioux Center, Iowa. After its tourney opener Thursday against host Dordt College (4-3), UW meets the University of Colorado (10-1), the No. 2 team in the Pacific Region, and Grand Valley State University (12-1), No. 1 in the North Region.
Posted on Monday, November 16, 2009