It appears all the preseason questions about Missouri's goaltender situation have been answered with an exclamation point.
Shane Owen recorded the first shutout of the season Saturday night at Wichita, leading the Mavericks to a 3-0 victory over the Thunder.
It was the second-consecutive win over the Thunder as the 8-0-0 Mavericks topped their archrival 4-1 Friday night at the Independence Events Center.
“The boys are really stepping it up in front of me and making my job easy in the net,” said Owen, who lowered his CHL-leading goals-against average to a microscopic 1.32 and his save percentage to .954.
“This 8-0 start is just so amazing. Scott (Hillman, the Mavericks coach) has built a team that has a lot of talent and a lot of chemistry. He stressed in preseason the importance of getting off to a successful start. Now, we can't wait to get back out on the ice and keep this streak alive.”
It will be the battle of the Central Hockey League’s only remaining unbeaten teams this Friday in Rapid City as the Mavericks will meet the 9-0-0 Rush.
“That's going to be a great test,” rookie defenseman Anders Franzon said. “I've never been a part of a team that has enjoyed this much success, especially early in the season.
“And we're going out to win – not going out not to lose. We're aggressive and playing the type of hockey that Coach wants us to play. This is just one of the most incredible experiences of my life.”
Saturday's game was scoreless until Sebastien Thinel threaded the needle on a pass to Eric Castonguay, who found the back of the net to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead at the 9:03 mark of the second period.
Kyle Hood, who just returned from a stint on the seven-day injured reserve list, doubled the Mavericks efforts with his second goal of the season to give Missouri a 2-0 lead at the end of the second period on an assist from Obi Aduba.
Colt King, who scored two goals in the Friday night win, scored his third goal in two days to give Missouri a 3-0 lead in the third period.
With 16 points, the Mavericks trail only Rapid City (18) and Allen (8-3-1, 17), but have played one game less than Rapid City and four less than Allen.
"I don't think that honestly anyone is thinking about the streak," Hillman said. "The boys are just going out and playing and winning. The play has been so consistent, and our record indicates that. There was about a seven-minute span in the second period Saturday night I wasn't too pleased with, but other than that, it was a solid 60 minutes of hockey."
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