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Examiner
  • Another win bolsters Mavericks

  • The mood was lighthearted and confident as the Missouri Mavericks took to the ice Monday morning at the Independence Events Center.

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  • The mood was lighthearted and confident as the Missouri Mavericks took to the ice Monday morning at the Independence Events Center.
    The Mavericks won back-to-back games over the weekend to move within a victory of reaching the .500 mark, and goaltender Mathieu Corbeil is a big reason for the team’s recent success.
    He has stopped 50 of 52 shots in the two victories – a 4-1 win over the Fort Worth Brahmas Friday at the Events Center and a 6-1 victory over the Blaze Saturday in Bloomington.
    The Mavericks are 6-7-2 with 14 points and play host to Quad City at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Events Center.
    “We’re getting good, solid all-around play, and Corbeil has been outstanding in the net,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said after the four-point weekend. “We got some much-needed points and you can just tell by watching the boys at practice that they are more confident and are having some fun.”
    Corbeil, who stopped 30 of 31 shots against Bloomington, backed that comment.
    “There is definitely a change in the team, a change at this practice,” Corbeil said. “You can tell we’re having fun, we’re happy. And we want to make our fans happy.
    “We were so excited to win at home Friday, then we won back-to-back games and got four points to move up in the standings. I think we played with the best chemistry we’ve had since the start of the season.
    “Now, we have to build on these two wins and get another win at home Friday.”
    Missouri routed the Blaze Saturday night at US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill., where 12 different Mavericks recorded points and six different players scored goals.
    “We have to build on this past weekend,” Hillman said, “and we have to stay focused and prepare for a big weekend ahead.”
    Sebastien Thinel put the Mavs up 1-0 just 2:11 into the first period against the Blaze. That extended the veteran forward’s points streak to seven games.
    The Mavs made it 2-0 six minutes later on a goal from Evan Vossen, who finished with a goal and an assist and earned No. 1 star honors in his first game with Missouri.
    Andrew Courtney extended the Mavs lead to 3-0 with 4:27 to go in the first period.
    Rookie Josh Turnbull made it 4-0 five minutes into the second period with his first goal as a Maverick.
    John-Scott Dickson scored just more than a minutre later to make it 5-0. Jamie Vanderveeken finalized the Mavs’ second three-goal period of the game in the final minute of the second period on a goal with 35 seconds left on the clock.
     
     
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