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Examiner
  • Mavs tie team record with sixth straight road win

  • In a game that saw more twists and turns than an out-of control roller coaster, the Missouri Mavericks used two late goals to claim a team record sixth consecutive road win, topping Quad City 5-3 Friday night at the i-wireless Center.

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  • In a game that saw more twists and turns than an out-of control roller coaster, the Missouri Mavericks used two late goals to claim a team record sixth consecutive road win, topping Quad City 5-3 Friday night at the i-wireless Center.
    The Mavericks skated to a 3-0 first-period lead, only to see the Mallards come back and knot the score at 3-all on two second-period goals and a Mike Heller goal just 1:43 into the final 20 period.
    That's when team captain Sebastien Thinel took over as he fired a shot that bounced off the pads of Mallards goaltender Jimmy Spratt and onto the stick of Andrew Courtney, who scored the tiebreaking goal at 13:56.
    Minutes later, the Mallards pulled Spratt from the net and Thinel scored an empty-net goal, adding to his CHL-leading scoring total of 31 points.
    “The captain came through in the third period,” said Mavericks coach Scott Hillman, whose team collected six points with three road wins this week. “He got the job done. We weren't sure if he scored that goal that gave us the 4-3 lead, but he did everything to set it up.
    “There's a reason he's one of the all-time leading scorers in the history of the CHL and the leading scorer in the league this season.”
    A week ago the Mavericks were in a tie for last place in the CHL. The six-point week finds them into sixth place as their record is 10-8-2 heading into tonight's home game against the same Quad City team.
    “I am so proud of the boys,” Hillman said. “We have three games on the road and Quad City hadn't played since they beat us at our place last Saturday. You could see a little fatigue set in for us late in the game, but we hung on and found a way to win.”
    Now, the Mavericks must find a way to win at home, where they are just 2-5.
    “We keep it simple on the road, and that's what we need to do at home,” Thinel said. “We're going to start winning at home, and we all hope it starts Saturday night.”
    With four forwards on the injured reserve list, defensemen have added offense to their repertoire, as defenseman Blake Forsyth scored the Mavericks’ first goal Friday night and added an assist for a two-point night. It was his second goal in the last three games.
    “Everyone is working hard to make this team a success,” said Thinel, who has scored in 11 of his last 12 games. “We were very patient tonight, even when the score was tied and they had all the momentum.
    “We waited for our chances and were able to find a way to win. That's the difference between this team now, and this team a week ago – we're making the most of our chances and scoring when we have the opportunity.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Courtney and Kenton Miller also scored in the first period to make it a 3-0 game, but the well-rested Mallards roared back to tie the game early in the third period.
    “I didn't sense any panic on the boys' part, and we found a way to get two big points,” Hillman said. “Again, Mike Clemente came up big in the net. He really played well this week, helping us get those six points.”
    The Mavericks outshot the Mallards 29-23 and held Quad City to just three shots in the third period.
    “Our defense has been outstanding,” Thinel said, “and we've found a way to score enough points to win. We are excited about returning home and playing in front of our fans. And I know the Mallards are excited about playing in front of a sell-out crowd. Our fans energize our players and get our opponents excited because of the atmosphere at all our home games.”
     
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