TULSA, Okla. – The Missouri Mavericks got a tremendous effort in goal by Shane Owen and used two second-period goals to claim a 3-1 road victory over the Oilers Friday night at the BOK Center.
Owen stopped 31 of 32 shots, and the Mavericks got goals from John-Scott Dickson, Obi Aduba and Trevor Kell to improve to 23-11-2 and solidify their hold on third place with 48 points.
Red-hot Allen jumped ahead of Rapid City with 52 points to take over the top spot in the CHL, and the Rush are in second place with 50 points.
With only 15 skaters, the visiting Mavs put on a defensive clinic, allowing just one power-play goal throughout the night.
“Very proud of the boys,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said by phone after the game. “Shane was just outstanding and early on we talked about doing the little things that help you win games.
“And that’s what they did – the little things – and it was a great team effort.”
For the second time this season, CHL scoring champion Sebastien Thinel played on the blue line and again drew praise from Hillman.
“Sebbie and the boys got it done defensively, and Shane made some big stops,” the coach said. “We came out with a lot of energy, despite being on a bus much of the afternoon, and we got two big points.
“Now, we have to find a way to come home and two more big points against the same team at our place Saturday night.”
The Mavericks grabbed an early lead when Dickson found the net just 1:43 into the first period off an assist from Aduba.
Aduba then gave Missouri a 2-0 lead early in the second period, but Tulsa’s Ben Gordon cut the lead to 2-1 with the Oilers’ lone goal of the night.
Midway through the second period, Kell scored on assists from Colt King and Andrew Courtney to help Missouri regain its two-goal lead and improve to 6-0-0 against the Oilers this season.
The two teams meet again at 7:05 tonight at the Independence Events Center and a limited number of tickets remain for the game.
ZYCH ON IR: New Mavericks forward Evan Zych has been placed on the injured reserve list, retroactive to last Sunday. It was stated in Friday’s Examiner that he had been to the emergency room, but he was placed on IR and did not go to the ER.