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Examiner
  • Mavs fall into deep playoff deficit

  • For a brief moment Friday night at the Independence Events Center, it appeared the Missouri Mavericks would roar back and knot the best-of-seven Central Hockey League semifinal series at two games apiece.

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  • For a brief moment Friday night at the Independence Events Center, it appeared the Missouri Mavericks would roar back and knot the best-of-seven Central Hockey League semifinal series at two games apiece.
    Second period goals by Kellan Tochkin and John-Scott Dickson gave the host team a short-lived 3-1 lead.
    But that flickering moment didn’t last long as the Allen Americans rattled off five unanswered goals – four in the second period – to claim a convincing 8-4 victory to take a 3-1 lead in the series.
    Just 16 seconds after Dickson’s goal, the Americans Kale Kerbashian scored before the PA announcer had tallied all the assists on Dickson’s goal.
    By the time the smoke had cleared – and there was a false alarm about a possible fire in the Events Center – Allen put six more goals into the back of the net.
    Game 5 is at 7:05 p.m. Saturday and it could be the final contest of the series if the Mavericks don’t correct some major flaws.
    “Way too many mistakes tonight,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said after the Americans scored on three of six power play attempts – including two goals on five-on-three opportunities. “And it wasn’t the same guy. It was a different player each time, so we couldn’t sit someone out.”
    The Americans took a quick 1-0 lead in the game when Jamie Schaafsma fired a long-range shot that caught Mavericks goalie Mathieu Corbeil off guard just 29 seconds  into the opening period.
    Less than five minutes later, Colt King knotted the score at 1-all as his family watched from the stands.
    Following Tochkin’s and Dickson’s second-period power play goals, the rest of the night belonged to the Americans.
    Darryl Bootland, who has become a villain in the eyes of most Mavericks fans following his late-game wrestling match with Sebastien Thinel in Wednesday night’s 3-2 overtime loss, knotted the score at 3-all at 6:24 of the second period.
    Hillman pulled Corbeil and put Mike Clemente in the net, but the rookie who led the CHL in wins during the regular season, didn’t fare much better than his teammate.
    Bootland scored his second goal as a five-on-three power play was coming to an end and Jason Deitsch scored another power-play goal with 55 seconds left in the period to give the top seed in the playoffs a 5-3 lead.
    Allen took a 6-3 lead on another five-on-three goal and scored two late goals to account for the final score.
    Eric Meland, a student at Princeton University, scored the Mavericks' lone third-period goal to make it 6-4.
    “We went from a real high to way too many mistakes,” Hillman said when asked about the team’s problems following its early 3-1 lead. “Back to back to back – way too many mistakes.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I made a gut decision to replace Corbeil, and I don’t think what happened tonight will affect either one of our goalies. They have to be ready to come back tomorrow. Our backs are against the wall, we have to get a win.
    “But we also have to play smart. We have to take it a period at a time and from here on out, a game at a time.”
    Tochkin said the team’s implosion will be a problem Friday night, then they must forget about it.
    “You sulk a couple of hours and you come back ready to go Saturday,” said Tochkin, who leads Thinel 14-13 as the leading scorer in CHL postseason action. “They gooned it up and got under our skin. We can’t let that happen again. You read all the time about teams being down 3-1 and coming back to win a series. It’s going to be tough, but it can be done.
    “There’s not a guy in that locker room who thinks this series is going to be over tomorrow night.”
     
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