• Mavs set to pare roster

  • Scott Hillman walked out of the Independence Events Center press box Wednesday following a scrimmage between players on his Central Hockey League club.

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  • Scott Hillman walked out of the Independence Events Center press box Wednesday following a scrimmage between players on his Central Hockey League club.
    Before he could be asked a question, he posed one of his own: “Well, what do you want first – the good news or the bad news?”
    Let’s go with the good news.
    “We scored seven goals in a period of 40 minutes,” Hillman said, grinning. “The bad news? We gave up seven goals in a period of 40 minutes.”
    Although training camp started only 48 hours ago, the coach has been praising the bolstered defense he and team president and general manager Brent Thiessen have put together, yet it appeared porous at times Wednesday afternoon.
    “I saw some good things and a lot of things we need to work on,” Hillman said. “We played all four goalies and each one of them gave up at least one goal. I did like the big bodies we had in front of the net – if the puck was loose in front of the net, it wound up in the back of the net.
    “It was just a scrimmage, but we go on the road and start the season next (Friday), so I don’t have a lot of time to make decisions on this team. We'll know a lot more after tomorrow night’s intrasquad game and Friday's exhibition game in Bloomington.”
    The Mavericks will host a free, open-to-the-public intrasquad game beginning at 6 p.m. tonight at the Events Center. Fans are asked to make a donation to the Jr. Mavs program in lieu of admission.
    “We might begin finalizing our roster after the intrasquad game,” Hillman said. “We have a lot more players than we first anticipated because of the players sent down from our affiliate (in the AHL, the Chicago Wolves). We wanted to keep the roster at 20, and we're up to 25 (now 26). Every player we have is an outstanding player, we just need to see who's the best fit, who works well with other players and who makes an impression the next two days.”
    The Mavericks will travel to Bloomington, Ill., to play an exhibition game against the Blaze Friday. The game will not be broadcast or aired on the Internet.
    “We will only take two goalies to Bloomington,” Hillman said, “but all four will get a good look Thursday night.”
    MORE MOVES: The Missouri Mavericks have been assigned forward Kenton Miller from the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. The Mavericks also announced the team has signed defenseman Aaron Schwartz to a tryout agreement.
    Missouri’s roster is currently at 26 players and consists of four goaltenders, seven defensemen and 15 forwards.
    Miller, 21, enters his rookie season after having a career year last season in the Western Hockey League with the Moose Jaw Warriors. He finished with 35 goals and 52 points in 69 games.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Kenton Miller is a very exciting young prospect who had a very strong showing at the prospects camp in Vancouver,” Hillman said. “He then went on to have an exceptional camp with the Wolves. We are excited to add more youth, scoring and energy to our roster.”
    Schwartz, 27, signed a tryout agreement with the Mavericks. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound defenseman played for three different teams last season, including the CHL’s Bloomington Blaze.

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