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Examiner
  • Mavs nip Brahmas in OT

  • After playing 60 minutes of playoff quality hockey against the host Fort Worth Brahmas, Missouri's Jesse Perrin needed just 11 seconds to score the game-winning overtime goal as the Mavericks claimed a hard-fought 2-1 victory Friday night at the Nytex Center.

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  • After playing 60 minutes of playoff quality hockey against the host Fort Worth Brahmas, Missouri's Jesse Perrin needed just 11 seconds to score the game-winning overtime goal as the Mavericks claimed a hard-fought 2-1 victory Friday night at the Nytex Center.
    “That was playoff-caliber hockey – even, even, even – then we find a way to win in overtime,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said by phone after his 27-19-4 team moved into sole possession of fifth place in the standings.
    “We're shorthanded, but our guys wore that team out. They were tired at the end, and our guys kept coming at them and coming at them.”
    The coach paused for a moment, and added with a chuckle, “And how about this – No. 22 scores his second goal on the 22nd of February. ... What a night for Mr. Perrin.”
    The Mavericks won the faceoff in overtime and league-scoring leader Sebastien Thinel and versatile swingman Brandon Smith fought for the puck, got it to Perrin and the defenseman did the rest.
    “That's how you want overtime games on the road to go – quickly with a win,” Thinel said. “Perrin did a nice job putting the puck in the back of the net. Now, we can't wait to get home and face Wichita (at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Independence Events Center).”
    While Perrin was the man of the hour in overtime, Hillman said this win was the result of a complete team effort.
    “We don't get to overtime without a great team effort from everyone who was on the ice tonight,” Hillman said. “Clemmer (Mike Clemente, who stopped 26 of 27 shots) was amazing in the net. Our penalty kill was outstanding (stopping all four Brahma power plays) and the guys played with so much energy.
    “This is a small building and it's a tough place to play, especially when they get that early lead. But we fought hard, Kinger (Colt King) tied it up and we made it into overtime and found a way to win.”
    Fort Worth's Shawn Szydlowski scored at 10:05 of the first period to give the home team a quick lead, but red-hot Colt King knotted the score at 1-all at 6:13 of the second period.
    King has scored a goal in four straight games and has five goals over that period.
    “It's going to be a nice bus ride home,” Hillman said. “The boys seem to enjoy these back-to-back games we have throughout the rest of the season and everyone is excited about playing Wichita at home.
    “We just need to play with the same enthusiasm and character we played with tonight. This was a character win. The (7-5) win at Denver on Monday was a character win. I really like what we're seeing from the boys. We need to bring that intensity and character back home with us.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The Mavericks are 2-1 against the 30-16-6 Brahmas, who are in second place in the standings.
     
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