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Examiner
  • Mavs draw even in Texas

  • The Missouri Mavericks went to Allen, Texas, with one goal in the opening series of the CHL semifinals – get at least one win.

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  • The Missouri Mavericks went to Allen, Texas, with one goal in the opening series of the CHL semifinals – get at least one win.
    They did that with a convincing 5-1 victory Sunday night over the No. 1-seed Americans.
    Monday night, however, was a different story as Allen came back to claim a 4-1 triumph as the series heads back to the Independence Events Center for 7:05 p.m. games Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the best-of-seven series.
    “Tonight obviously sucks,” said rookie forward Kellan Tochkin, who saw his five-game scoring streak come to an end, “but realistically, we came down here wanting to get one win.
    “When we won on Sunday, obviously we wanted to win tonight and sweep them, and it didn't happen. So, you sulk tonight, you get over it, and you get ready for Wednesday.”
    Coach Scott Hillman said the big thing about picking up the win in Allen is that it takes away the Americans' home-ice advantage.
    “They no longer have the home-ice,” said Hillman, whose team saw a five-game playoff win streak come to an end. “We have three games at our place, and then, if needed, we go back to Allen for two final games.
    “We can take care of business at home. That's our plan, but we know it's going to be difficult. They are the No. 1 seed for a reason. They got themselves into some trouble Sunday with penalties and we took advantage of that by scoring three power-play goals.
    “We had some opportunities to do some damage tonight, and we couldn't find the back of the net. You have nights like that – that's playoff hockey. You just don't want to have too many of them.”
    CHL MVP Sebastien Thinel got the Mavericks on the scoreboard less than two minutes into the first period Saturday night to pick up the first of three points on the evening.
    “It was important to score first, to take their crowd out of it, and keep the momentum alive from our four previous wins,” said Thinel, who is second only to Tochkin (12) with 11 postseason points. “We played a very good, very smart, very simple game Saturday. When you win the first one, you get greedy and want to come back home with a 2-0 lead. Now, we have to forget about what happened tonight and focus all our attention on winning Wednesday.”
    Following Thinel's goal at 1:55, the Americans had the chance to knot the score at 1-all but goaltender Mathieu Corbeil stopped Jim McKenzie's penalty shot to preserve the slim lead.
    Allen tied the game late in the second period on a Kale Kerbashian goal, but defenseman Dave Pszenyczny fired a shot from the point that made its way through traffic and past Allen goaltender Aaron Dell.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Mavericks then took control of the game with three third-period goals.
    Kenton Miller made it 3-1 on a quick power-play goal. Andrew Courtney buried a pass from Thinel to finish a five-on-three power play opportunity and Tochkin scored the third goal to make it 5-1.
    After Tochkin's goal, the Americans pulled Dell in favor of Steve Silverthorn. It was the third time in seven postseason games that the Mavericks have chased a starting goaltender.
    Corbeil stopped 36 of 37 shots to pick up the impressive win. That gave him a 3-0 playoff record.
    However, he was in the net and allowed three goals in the Monday night loss. The final goal was an empty-netter by Allen's Tyler Ludwig. Blake Forsyth scored the lone Mavericks goal.
    “We have so much faith in our goaltenders,” Hillman said of Corbeil and Mike Clemente, who is 2-2 in his four postseason starts. “Mathieu was outstanding Saturday night and played well tonight. We have many playoff games left and both goalies will have the opportunity to help this team reach its ultimate goal and that's winning a championship."
    NOTES: Tochkin had scored points in five straight games heading into Monday night's loss. The rookie was working on a stretch of three straight multiple-point games. … Corbeil leads all postseason goalies with a .941 save percentage (tied with Fort Worth's Brad Fogel) and a 1.74 goals-against average. The rookie was 1-1 with a 2.03 GAA with a shutout in the regular-season against Allen. … The Mavericks had won five consecutive postseason games. They were one win shy of matching their franchise-best six-game win streak in the playoffs that they accomplished last season when they swept Evansville in the opening round and then won the first two games of their conference finals series against Fort Wayne (eventually lost series in seven games).
     
     
     

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