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Examiner
  • Clemente shines in net on night when Thinel notches 800th point

  • It would have been easy to overlook the brilliance of Missouri Mavericks goaltender Mike Clemente on a night that teammate Sebastien Thinel became just the sixth player in the history of the CHL to record 800 points and defenseman David Simoes was helped off the ice by medical staff following a viscous hit by Bloomington's Brett Lutes.

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  • It would have been easy to overlook the brilliance of Missouri Mavericks goaltender Mike Clemente on a night that teammate Sebastien Thinel became just the sixth player in the history of the CHL to record 800 points and defenseman David Simoes was helped off the ice by medical staff following a viscous hit by Bloomington's Brett Lutes.
    But the first player coach Scott Hillman talked about following a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Blaze Friday night at the Independence Events Center was the rookie goalie, who stopped 31 of 33 shots en route to his league-leading 19th win.
    “There are games a goalie steals a win for you, and this was one of those nights,” Hillman said. “Our best defensive player tonight was Clemmer. He was outstanding. He stopped just about everything and we were able to score enough to get a big, big win.”
    The 25-18-4 Mavericks topped the Blaze for the sixth time this season (6-2-0) and moved into a fourth-place tie with Denver (54 points each at press time). But to show how close the league standings have become just past the midway point of the season, Bloomington is in eighth place with 50 points.
    “(Colt) King gets our first goal, Simmers (Simoes) plays one shift of offense and scores a goal and Riley (Emmerson) plays on one power play and scores – that's how you win games like this,” Hillman said. “And we needed it with (first-place) Allen coming to town (Saturday).”
    The Mavericks got on the scoreboard first with King's power-play goal at 8:32 of the first period. He swatted the puck into an open net after it ricocheted off a Blaze defender. Brandon Smith and Thinel each assisted on the opening goal.
    Travis Granbois tied the game at 1-all when his shot trickled through the padding of Clemente.
    “That was a weak goal,” Clemente said, grinning. “That one was all on me.”
    Missouri regained the lead in the second period when Simoes notched just his second goal of the season. Simoes played his lone shift as a forward and found the back of the net on assists from Smith and Blake Forsyth. It was the only goal of the second period and the Mavericks took a 2-1 lead into final period.
    In the third period, penalties were plentiful, starting with a boarding penalty on Lutes that sent Simoes to the locker room and earned the Blaze forward a game misconduct.
    During the Mavs five-minute power play, Emmerson tallied his fourth goal of the season and it proved to be the game winner. Thinel earned his 800th point in the CHL with an assist on the play (please see sidebar).
    The goal was sweet for Emmerson, who had some choice words for Lutes as he skated to the locker room.
    Page 2 of 2 - “There is no place in hockey for a hit like that,” said the 6-foot-8 Emmerson. “We'll remember that hit.”
    There was no word on Simoes' condition after the game. Hillman said “it's not good.” Simoes did get up off the ice with help of trainer Wes Fillingame and the doctor on duty at the game.
    The Blaze's Steve Markwayt scored one more goal to make it interesting, but the Mavericks held on for the win.
    “The guys played great defense in front of me tonight,” Clemente said. “We needed this one. We need every game from here until the remainder of the season, but we really need to win the games at home.”
    The Mavs will wear specialty USA-themed jerseys in honor of Hockey Weekend Across America at 7:05 p.m. Saturday against Allen. The Mavericks will auction the jerseys and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Rainbow Center.
     
     
     

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