• Mavericks struggle to score in loss to Arizona

  • The Missouri Mavericks had a better defensive effort Friday night than they did in the opening weekend.

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  • The Missouri Mavericks had a better defensive effort Friday night than they did in the opening weekend.
    But the Mavericks, who scored 11 goals while giving up nine in a 1-0-1 start at Denver last week, had trouble putting the puck in the net in a 3-2 loss to the Arizona Sundogs Friday night at Tim’s Toyota Center.
    Kellan Tochkin and Derek LeBlanc scored for the Mavericks, but they couldn’t overcome a 3-1 deficit after two periods to fall to 1-1-1 on the season.
    "Very disappointing to get (17) shots on goal in the second period and lose the period 2-0," Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. "Late penalties really hurt, took away any momentum we had following the power-play goal to make it 3-2."
    Mavericks goaltender Mathieu Corbeil stopped 36 of 39 shots, but the Mavericks could only get two past Arizona goalie David Brown in 40 shots on goal.
    "Corbeil played the best yet of any of our goalies," Hillman said of the rookie, who was making his first start. "He made some big saves - so did their goalie. We have to go get them tomorrow night to bring home two points."
    Arizona took the early advantage on a power-play chance. With Matt McCready off for slashing, Chad Nehring beat Corbeil on assists from Kyle Chipchura and Mario Larocque for the 1-0 lead just 2:40 into the first period.
    The Mavericks, though, tied it later in the period when Tochkin scored at the 17:25 mark on assists from Kenton Miller and Brian Bicek. The Mavericks kept it even despite being outshot 16-15 in the busy period.
    Again, the Sundogs struck quick in the second period. Just 2:03 in, Mikael Bedard scored off a Kyle Schussler pass for the 2-1 advantage.
    Arizona extended it to 3-1 when David Schlemko scored an unassisted goal at the 11:36 mark of the second. But the Mavericks, despite outshooting the Sundogs 17-11 in the second, could not get a goal out of it.
    LeBlanc cut the deficit back to one when he notched a power play goal – his first of the season – at the 6:31 mark of the third period. Bicek and John-Scott Dickson earned assists on the goal.