What is the cost of witnessing your son's first professional goal?
The answer is easy to calculate:
A round-trip ticket from Anchorage, Ala., to KCI: $587
Tickets to a Missouri Mavericks home game: $35
Seeing your son score that goal: Priceless. Just ask Teresa Severson, who was on hand Saturday night when rookie forward Tyler Currier scored his first goal with the Mavericks.
And it wasn't just a goal in a mop-up role late in a rout – it was one of the biggest goals of a key 4-3 victory over the rival Wichita Thunder, who held a 2-0 lead at the time.
Currier's locker mate Obi Aduba and his buddy Evan Vossen assisted as Currier took the puck and fired it past Thunder goalkeeper David Brown to cut the deficit to one with just one two minutes left in the first period.
“That was a HUGE goal,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. “I've never seen a bench more excited for a score. I thought all the boys were going to jump out on the ice to congratulate Tyler. He's had so many injuries this season and we've all been waiting for that first goal.”
But no one has been waiting more patiently than Mom, who has made two previous trips from Anchorage to watch Currier play.
“How did a feel?” Severson asked, moments after the game, “Awesome. Amazing. Excited. I was crying, I was pounding on the glass, I was that crazy woman down on the glass near the exit where the players leave the ice. I just wish his dad could have been here to see it.”
Immediately after the goal, she sent Currier's dad Craig a text: “OMG! OMG! OMG! TYLER SCORED HIS FIRST GOAL!”
The impact of the moment wasn't lost on the personable Currier, who was mobbed by his teammates on the ice. Before they surrounded him near the Wichita net, he reached onto his back, grabbed an imaginary monkey, and tossed it onto the ice.
“How's it feel to get that monkey off your back?” asked all-star forward Andrew Courtney. “Feels pretty good, eh?”
It feels like a million dollars, Currier said.
“I wanted my first goal to mean something, to happen in a big game,” Currier said. “And I am so glad my mom was here. I wish my whole family could have been here, but I saw her after the period and she was so happy.”
Currier was interviewed on the ice following the period, and Mom photo-bombed her son from behind the glass.
“I'm so happy,” said Currier, who has struggled offensively this season, “I'm just happy it's over. Not scoring, this late in the season, was always the elephant in the room no one wanted to talk about. Now, hopefully, the floodgates will open and I can really help this team have success late in the season so we can hold onto the top spot and have home ice in the playoffs.”
Currier had several more shots at a goal in the game. Following one attempt, in which Wichita’s Brown made a crowd-moan-inducing save, team president and general manager Brent Thiessen quipped, “The kid's getting greedy. Hope he's greedy the rest of the season right into the playoffs.”
Currier started the season with a broken ankle, then suffered a severe ankle sprain. The kid from Anchorage who lit it up in preseason, is still not 100 percent, but all he cares about is his team.
“From pee-wees on up, I've never been on a championship team,” Currier said. “This season, even with all the injuries, has been like a dream. I love Independence, I love my coach and teammates, I'm playing for the classiest organization in the CHL and I've made so many great friends here.
“And we're in first place. None of us are going to be satisfied unless we bring the championship cup to the Events Center. When I'm holding that cup with my teammates, that's when you're going to see the biggest smile on my face.”
Bill Althaus is a sports writer and columnist for The Examiner. Reach him at 350-6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @AlthausEJC