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Examiner
  • Mavericks fall in back-and-forth Game 7

  • When John-Scott Dickson fired the puck past Fort Wayne goaltender Nick Boucher at the 14:50 mark of the third period Thursday, the rookie forward thought there was still a chance for his Missouri Mavericks to get past the Komets in Game 7 of the Turner Conference finals.

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  • When John-Scott Dickson fired the puck past Fort Wayne goaltender Nick Boucher at the 14:50 mark of the third period Thursday, the rookie forward thought there was still a chance for his Missouri Mavericks to get past the Komets in Game 7 of the Turner Conference finals.
    But the Mavericks could not come up with a game-tying goal and fell 6-4 – following Chris Auger’s empty-net goal in the closing seconds – to see a memorable season and postseason run come to a disappointing end in Fort Wayne, Ind.
    “When it was a one-goal game, you think, ‘Anything can happen,’” Dickson said by phone after the game. “It’s 5-4 and a lot of time is left – we just kept thinking, ‘Push to the net, push to the net,’ and maybe something good will happen.
    “We scored that late goal to win the first time we’re here (in the playoffs) and we all thought we could do it again.”
    But on this night, Boucher rose to the occasion, stopping 35 of 39 shots to lead the Komets to the Central Hockey League Ray Miron Cup championship series against Wichita.
    “It’s just heartbreaking,” coach Scott Hillman said. “The boys battled to the end. This series featured two very good teams. It went seven games and there was a lot of good hockey. When we cut it to a one-goal deficit on John-Scott’s goal we all thought we would find a way to tie the game and get back into it. But it didn’t happen. We just couldn’t put another one in the back of the net.”
    The Komets, who overcame an 0-2 start in the series, struck first with a power-play goal from Frankie DeAngelis at the 4:27 mark of the first period.
    Missouri’s Ryan Jardine answered for the Mavericks six minutes later with a power-play goal. Dickson and Matt McCready assisted on the tying goal. The Mavs added another power-play goal late in the period, as Andrew Courtney found a rebound in front of the net and put it past Boucher, giving the Mavs a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.
    Tom Mele tied the game 5:57 into the second period, breaking behind the Mavs’ defense and lifting a shot over Charlie Effinger’s left arm. The Mavericks regained the lead 50 seconds later with a two-on-one goal from Jardine. Courtney assisted on Jardine’s goal. The Komets evened the score at the 8:29 mark on another power-play goal on a redirection from Jamie Lovell, evening the score at 3-3. In the final minute of the second period, the Mavericks committed a costly penalty that saw a Komets’ power play carry over into the third period.
    That’s when Fort Wayne took the lead, just 35 seconds into the period, on a redirected power-play goal by Bobby Chaumont. Auger followed with a goal at 9:11 and the Komets had a 5-3 lead.
    Page 2 of 2 - Dickson then made it a one-goal game, but it was too little too late for Hillman’s team.
    “I thought there were an awful lot of penalties for a Game 7. They called them from the beginning and they called them on both teams,” Hillman said. “They scored three power-play goals and we scored two. We just came up a goal short tonight.”
    GOODBYE PARTY: The Mavericks will host a season celebration part from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the Independence Events Center. Coaches and players will be on hand to sign autographs and say goodbye before they leave for the offseason. There will also be a team store garage sale and the team will auction off the orange jerseys worn this season. Fans should enter through the east doors beginning at 3 p.m.

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