The Missouri Mavericks ended their second four-games-in-five-days stretch in two weeks with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night against Tulsa at the BOK Center.

The Missouri Mavericks ended their second four-games-in-five-days stretch in two weeks with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night against Tulsa at the BOK Center.

Charlie Effinger stopped 32 of 34 shots and Andrew Courtney continued his sizzling pace with two big third-period goals.

“We needed this one after losing those two games to Wichita over the weekend,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said by phone. “Two much-needed points and a good, solid win. It took a while for the boys to get going but Charlie kept us in the game early and then we got big goals from Hogger (Kris Hogg) and (Dave) Pszenyczny.

“Hogger’s goal was big because it came just a few seconds after they had taken that 1-0 lead in the second period. Pszenyczny then gave us some momentum and a lead that we never relinquished.”
Effinger did not allow a goal in the first period as the Oilers peppered him with several close-range shots around the net.

The Oilers took a short-lived lead early in the second period, when Hogg responded with a goal.

“So, so big to score and tie it up right after they take that lead,” Hillman said. “And Courtney is getting hot again, which is great news for us.

“At this point of the season, points are so hard to come by. This win will make for a nice bus ride back to Independence. We’ll give the boys some time off and get ready for Rapid City Friday.”

The Rush will play the Mavericks at 7:05 p.m. Friday.