Playing down to their competition: Mesa State club hockey team falls to Colorado College

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON—#96, Matt Meiring with the Mesa State College Hockey team looks for a shot during a match with Colorado College, Sunday morning at the Glacier Ice Arena in Grand Junction.Sent as SPT MESA HOCKEY 11-15.



The Mesa State College club hockey team flirted with danger and paid for it.

The Mavericks gave up four power-play goals and lost by four to the Colorado College club team, 10-6, in an American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III game Sunday afternoon at Glacier Ice Arena. Mesa defeated the Tigers 5-4 on Saturday.

“It’s a matter of going out and beating teams we should beat,” Mesa State coach Kameron Dudek said. “We should’ve destroyed this team. We went in this morning with the mentality it would be an easy game.

“That’s been a problem with this team all season long, being mentally prepared for games we should win. We go against teams that are top in the nation and we skate well. Teams we should beat like CC and Mines, we let them hang with us.”

Mesa State (5-11-1), ranked 14th in the Pacific Region, hurt itself with 13 penalties, including 10 in the last two periods.

The Tigers (1-8-0), who play in the shadow of the NCAA Division I program, scored two power-play goals in the second period to take a 5-2 lead and not let go.

“Penalties killed us,” Dudek said. “They capitalized on our mistakes and made us pay for it.”

Colorado College’s Peter Temmen scored four goals. Andy Conarroe scored three and Gaelen Means added two.

Mesa captain Rory Nankervis scored two goals. Taylor Kinstler, Brad Bowen, Hoffman Josh and James Terry scored one goal each.

Mesa goalie Casey Pinter made 41 saves.

Kinstler gave the Mavericks a 1-0 lead with 14:39 left in the first period, but it was Mesa’s only lead of the game.

Colorado College scored two goals 16 seconds apart to take a 2-1 lead two minutes later.

The second period hurt Mesa.

After the Mavericks tied the score in the first minute of the second period on a goal by Bowen, they committed four penalties in the period, leading to two Colorado College goals. The Tigers scored four goals in the period to take a 6-2 lead. They led 6-3 after two.

Colorado College took a four-goal lead in the third period, but Mesa came back with two goals, including one on a power play to get within 8-6 with 6:29 left.

The Mavericks, though, committed another penalty and the Tigers took advantage with their fourth power play goal for a 9-6 lead. The Tigers scored an empty-net goal with 52 seconds left to seal the victory.

Mesa State hosts the Colorado School of Mines on Saturday and Sunday at Glacier Ice Arena.


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