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Examiner
  • Corbeil's play in net lifts Mavs

  • Vancouver Canucks goalie coach Dan Cloutier worked with Missouri Mavericks goalie Mathieu Corbeil recently – and Friday night, Mavericks coach Scott Hillman could tell it had been time well-spent.

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  • Vancouver Canucks goalie coach Dan Cloutier worked with Missouri Mavericks goalie Mathieu Corbeil recently – and Friday night, Mavericks coach Scott Hillman could tell it had been time well-spent.
    Corbeil saved 20 of 21 shots on goal Friday to help the Mavericks down the Fort Worth Brahmas 4-1 at the Independence Events Center. Corbeil’s play in the net also helped the Mavericks (5-7-2) snap a two-game losing streak.
    “(He) made some big saves for us,” Hillman said.
    One point Cloutier emphasized when working with Corbeil was for Corbeil to “be in control of my game – all the time,” the goalie said. Corbeil felt “in control” of his game Friday.
    “There weren’t really many plays tonight that I was out of control,” he said. “And that’s a big thing for me and I’m happy with my performance.”
    Corbeil also was happy with his teammates’ play.
    “The guys in front of me, obviously, played great,” he said. “They played really solid for 60 minutes – and it’s not often that a team can do that for you as a goalie, so the credit goes out to them for tonight.”
    One way the Mavericks in front of Corbeil supported him was by building a 3-0 first-period lead. Andrew Courtney struck first on a power play at 4:49 for his first goal this season. Sebastien Thinel then added a power-play goal at 12:59. Riley Emmerson’s goal at 18:33 made it 3-0 Mavericks.
    “With the way things are going right now, we just need some hard work and greasy goals,” Emmerson said.
    For a goalie, working with a three-goal lead is a confidence-builder, Corbeil said.
    “You feel like, ‘OK, if I get scored on, it’s not that big of a deal; it’s not like we’re going to lose because of it,’” he said. “So it definitely helps a lot. But as a goalie, I still try to do my best … because you don’t know … (if) down the road if you’re going to actually need that one save.”
    Hillman called the three-goal lead “huge.”
    “Things can happen so fast,” he said. “There are so many bad bounces on an ice surface. With the boards, the skates, pucks bouncing all over, goals can go in – in a hurry.”
    Although the “three goals gave us a little bit of comfort,” the Mavericks felt even better when they got their fourth goal, Hillman said. Before that happened, however, Brahmas cut it to 3-1 when Sy Nutkevich scored at 10:17 in the second period. Emmerson then scored at 19:05 in the third period goal after the Brahmas (6-6-2) had pulled their goalie for a sixth attacker.
    Emmerson, who got his first two goals of the season Friday, admitted he was lucky to score his second goal.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Honestly, I was trying to get it deep – and I was fortunate enough to get a good angle bounce and get in the net.”
    Emmerson’s two goals were among 26 total shots credited to the Mavericks, who were leading the CHL in average shots per game entering their meeting with Fort Worth. It was good to see “bounces start going our way,” he said.
    “The big thing for us was, we just got the puck deep tonight and we created opportunities by getting our four-track going,” Emmerson said. “We didn’t have that many turnovers, except a couple times that somebody got in trouble. (If) we stick to the way we need to play, good things are going to happen and it’s going to be great for this team.”
     
     
     
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