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Examiner
  • Dramatic win energizes Mavs

  • Fasten your seat belts, because the Missouri Mavericks are going to take you on a thrill ride over the next month that will be filled with twists and turns.

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  • Fasten your seat belts, because the Missouri Mavericks are going to take you on a thrill ride over the next month that will be filled with twists and turns.
    It all began Saturday night, when Evan Vossen broke out of two-month slump in dramatic fashion.
    Vossen opened a 6-4 shootout victory over the rival Wichita Thunder with a goal and ended it with an overtime shootout goal as the 15th sellout crowd of the season went crazy at the Independence Events Center.
    “We all get excited when we skate out on the ice before the game,” Vossen said, “because of the electricity inside the Events Center. Our fans are the best. It's about time I gave them something to cheer about.”
    Vossen scored his last goal Dec. 18, but he made up for the slump with the two-goal performance that put the Mavericks into sole possession of fifth place.
    The win gives the 28-19-4 Mavericks 60 points. Rapid City is in fourth place with 61 points and Denver is in sixth with 59.
    The Mavericks' Tuesday night home game against Denver has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 13, because of Tuesday's snow storm. The Mavs will return to action at 7:05 p.m. Friday against the Quad City Mallards at the Events Center.
    Third-place Wichita roared out of the gate Saturday to claim a 2-0 first-period lead that Vossen cut in half when he scored at the 11:19 mark.
    “We get so much energy from our fans,” Vossen said, “and they really came to life after we scored that first goal.”
    That sparked a 4-0 Mavericks run as Kellen Tochkin, Kenton Miller and Colt King followed with goals to give Missouri a 4-2 lead.
    “It was looking pretty good with that 4-2 lead, but you can never let up against a team like Wichita,” said King, one of the hottest players in the CHL. “They came back, and they came back in pretty dramatic fashion, so we had to regroup and find a way to win, and we did.
    “This is one of those wins where you're just so proud to be a part of a team like the Mavericks. This is a character win.”
    The Thunder came back to knot the score at 4-all on two late second-period goals as R.G. Flath scored with just more than two minutes left in the period and Chad Painchaud tied the game with three seconds remaining.
    “It was going to be interesting to see how the team and Clemmer (goaltender Mike Clemente) responded after those two quick goals,” said Mavericks coach Scott Hillman, who picked up career win No. 200.
    “We played one of the best periods of the season after they tied the game. We played with a lot of energy, and the boys had just made that long bus trip back from Fort Worth, but you saw no fatigue out on the ice.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We didn't score, but we played great hockey and put it into overtime. That was a character win.”
    John-Scott Dickson, CHL scoring leader Sebastien Thinel and Vossen scored in the shootout, but it took an extra round before Vossen sent the standing-room-only crowd home with the victory.
    “The place went nuts when Evan scored the (shootout) goal,” Dickson said, “but Clemmer still had to stop their final shot.”
    Wichita's Kevin Young skated towards Clemente, who came out of the crease to challenge the Thunder defenseman.
    His shot slipped past Clemente and struck the left post. It then slipped across the crease and hit the right post and bounced harmlessly back onto the ice.
    “The hockey gods were with us tonight,” joked Clemente, who was then mobbed by his teammates. “They don't get much bigger than this. I'm just glad we could get a win like this at home so our fans could see it. I love it when they go crazy.”
    MAVS SIGN GOALTENDER: The Mavericks signed goaltender Ryan Daniels on Tuesday. He will join the team this week,
    Daniels, 24, was a fifth-round draft pick of the Ottawa Senators in the 2006 NHL draft. A native of Pickering, Ontario, Daniels recently finished his career at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
    In his final three years at Wilfrid Laurier, the 6-foot-1, 194-pound goaltender had a 2.89 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 81 games played.
    Mavericks goaltender Mathieu Corbeil has been recalled to the AHL's Chicago Wolves, making a roster spot available.
    “Ryan has a tremendous track record in the Ontario Hockey League and Canadian university hockey,” Hillman said. “He has also gained valuable experience participating in a number of NHL and AHL training camps. We are excited to add Ryan to our roster.”
     
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