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Examiner
  • Mavericks fall behind 0-2 to Rapid City in first-round playoff series

  • The Missouri Mavericks are looking for some kryptonite, because Superman has been in goal for the Rapid City Rush in the opening round of the Central Hockey League playoffs.

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  • The Missouri Mavericks are looking for some kryptonite, because Superman has been in goal for the Rapid City Rush in the opening round of the Central Hockey League playoffs.
    Rapid City's Tim Boron has a microscopic .985 save percentage as he has registered 2-0 and 3-1 victories in a postseason series that returns to the Independence Events Center at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.
    “Well, he can't maintain that .985 save percentage an entire series, can he?” Hillman, whose Mavericks have been stopped on 66 of 67 attempts, asked after Saturday’s 3-1 loss. “The guy has been unbelievable. He’s making stops before he even knows which direction the puck is coming. If we get one past him, it hits the bar. Never seen anything like it.
    “We've had great scoring opportunities and Boron stops everything we shoot. Clemmer (rookie goaltender Mike Clemente) has been great for us, but when you're going against a goalie as hot as Boron, you need to be perfect.”
    Clemente is 0-2 in the series despite a solid 2.58 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Yet Boron's goals-against average in the two games is a stunning 0.50.
    “It is what it is – we’re down 0-2 and we must find a way to win at home Wednesday night,” Hillman said. “We played a pretty good game Friday and we played a very good game Saturday – but when a goalie stops just about every shot, well, you have to start wondering what you have to do to score.”
    The Mavericks’ lone score in the first two games was Colt King’s second-period goal in Game 2.
    That’s it.
    “We knew they were a great defensive team going into the series,” Hillman said. “And when you combine a great defensive team with goaltending like we've seen from Boron, well, you get that 0-2 start.
    “But we've been down before, had our backs against the wall before, and come out of it. And that's what we intend to do Wednesday night.”
    Hillman said the Rush have done nothing special to shut down the line of CHL MVP Sebastien Thinel, Rookie of the Year finalist Kenton Miller and former CHL Rookie of the Month Kellan Tochkin.
    “They're getting good shots – everyone has had good shots – they just aren't finding the back of the net,” Hillman said. “We kept peppering Boron with shots and he stopped them all but Kinger’s. You have to think that something is going to change. He can’t be that hot an entire series.”
    The Mavericks came up empty in the first period Saturday in Rapid City despite controlling the puck for much of the first period and outshooting the Rush 18-12.
    The Mavericks finished 0-for-6 on the power play Saturday and even surrendered a goal. Jared Brown put Rapid City ahead 1-0 with just 32 seconds left in the first period when he lifted a backhand shot over Clemente’s shoulder for an unassisted shorthanded tally.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Mavericks finally got one past Boron 93 minutes, 47 seconds into the series when King scored at the 13:47 mark of the second period, knocking in a rebound off a slap shot by defenseman Dave Pszenyczny.
    Rapid City won it with a pair of third-period goals. Taggart Desmet scored the first power-play of the series for either team, beating Clemente at the 11:01 mark. Jesse Schultz then sealed the win for Rapid City with an even-strength goal on a tow-on-one break with 3:29 left to play.
    Tickets for Game 3 are on sale at Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting the Events Center box office.
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC
     

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