Charlie Effinger and Jakub Macek combined on a shutout and Andrew Courtney scored two goals to lead the Missouri Mavericks to a 4-0 victory Friday night at Dayton, where coach Scott Hillman’s squad won for the first time at Hara Arena.

Charlie Effinger and Jakub Macek combined on a shutout and Andrew Courtney scored two goals to lead the Missouri Mavericks to a 4-0 victory Friday night at Dayton, where coach Scott Hillman’s squad won for the first time at Hara Arena.

“A big win, a huge win to start another four-game-in-five-days week,” Hillman said by phone after the Mavericks improved to 29-17-5.

The Mavericks have 63 points and are in third place, four points ahead of Rapid City, in the Turner Conference race to the postseason. The top four teams will advance to the playoffs.

“We didn’t start off very well in our last four-in-five last week,” said Hillman, as the Mavs were 1-2-1 during the tough stretch. “This is a tough place to win – at least is has been for our team. The win tonight gives us two big points and we return home Saturday (at 7:05 p.m.) to play Wichita and then we travel to Wichita on Sunday.”

The Mavericks then travel to Tulsa for a Tuesday night game.

Effinger stopped 30 shots and was spelled by Macek with just over eight minutes to play in the game.
“I felt good out there,” said Effinger, who won his 24th game of the season and recorded his third shutout. “We got a quick goal from Courtney and that set the tone for the game.

“To get this win, on the road, is huge. We have two back-to-back games against Wichita at home and at their place and it feels good going into the weekend with two points from Dayton.”

Courtney got the Mavs on the board just a minute and a half into regulation. Ed McGrane and Sebastien Thinel assisted on Courtney’s opening score.

Kris Hogg scored a goal in his second consecutive game six minutes later at the 7:20 mark. Randy McNaught got his first point as a Maverick with an assist on the goal. Cole Ruwe also got an assist on Hogg’s goal.

John-Scott Dickson made it a 3-0 seven minutes into the second period on his 23rd goal. Andrew Favot added the lone assist on the goal. Courtney added his second goal of the evening just over a minute later on a short-handed score. McGrane and David Pszenyczny were credited with assists.

The third period was scoreless when Macek entered the game. He made three stops in his brief stint.

“Jacub hadn’t played (since Jan. 28) and it was the perfect time to put him in the game and get Charlie a little rest. Charlie made two saves early in the game that really set the tone for our defense.”