Thursday's game between Mullen and Kent Denver looks to be key in the Class 4A, North Conference standings. The loser falls one precious game behind in a short season made even shorter by the fact that only the first of the three scheduled games between these conference opponents counts in the conference standings.
Mullen brings a high-scoring lineup led by Hayden Klem (7 goals, 4 assists) to No. 4-4A Kent Denver, as the Mustangs (3-0) have scored 23 goals in three games. Larry Simons (3 goals, 5 assists), Amos Mills (2 goals, 3 assists) and Roby Witwer (2 goals, 2 assists) provide plenty of support for Klem.
Kent Denver (2-1) is led by Nick Verneris (4 goals, 3 assists), with Sam Choi (2 goals, 4 assists) and Aidan Elmer (3 goals, 4 assists) also contributing. Goaltender Cedric Choi has a .905 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA, proving to be formidable in the crease for the No. 5-4A Sun Devils.