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Examiner
  • Mavs rally for road win

  • A wild finish and five third-period goals helped the Missouri Mavericks even their overall record at 8-8-2 as they overcame a scoreless first period to edge Tulsa 7-5 Tuesday night at the BOK Center.

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  • A wild finish and five third-period goals helped the Missouri Mavericks even their overall record at 8-8-2 as they overcame a scoreless first period to edge Tulsa 7-5 Tuesday night at the BOK Center.
    “It got a little bit crazier at the end than we had hoped it would,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said by phone, “but it's certainly a win we will take. We're at .500 and we have a couple more on the road this week to gain even more confidence before we return home Saturday night (to play Quad City).”
    Defenseman David Simoes – who played a new position for the Mavs Tuesday night because four forwards are on the injured reserve list – scored Missouri's first goal.
    “After being shut out in the first period and trailing 2-0, we needed to get something going,” Simoes said by phone. “It was great to get my first goal of the season, but it was even greater to get another big road win.
    “That goal wasn't the prettiest, but I'll sure take it. We were in front of the net and it went off my shoulder and into the net and that made it a 2-1 game. After we scored that goal, we were able to tie it up and eventually take the lead.
    “Now, we have to find a way to come home and give our fans something to cheer about Saturday night.”
    Missouri travels to Bloomington Thursday and Quad City on Friday before returning to the Events Center to meet the Quad City Mallards at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
    John-Scott Dickson scored to even the game at 2-all, but Tulsa's Jeff Buvinow scored minutes into the third period to make it 3-2.
    The Mavericks then scored three goals in less than five minutes as Sebastien Thinel, Brandon Smith and Kenton Miller all found the back of the net to make it a 5-3 game.
    Tulsa's Ben Gordon then scored to make it 5-4, but Dave Pszenyczny scored a power-play goal to help the Mavs regain a two-goal lead.
    Mike Ullrich scored with less than two minutes left in the game to cut the lead to 6-5, but Blake Forsyth scored an empty-netter with 11 seconds left to help make the long bus ride back to Independence a pleasant one.
    “It got crazy at the end, but again we find a way to win on the road,” said Hillman, whose team is 6-3-2 on the road and 2-5 at home. “The boys are looser on the road because they just go out and play. At home, they try so hard, maybe we just need to approach the home games like our road games. It would be nice to head home Saturday with six points.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Thinel finished with four points after providing three assists. Colten Hayes also had three assists and Podge Turnbull, Brian Bicek and Kenton Miller each added two.
    Rookie Mike Clemente was in the net for the Mavs and stopped 20 of 25 shots to get the win.
     
     

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