• Mavs focused on continued improvement

  • The Missouri Mavericks packed up their gear this morning and headed for Tulsa, Okla., where they hope to win their fourth game in their last five outings at 7:05 p.m. this evening.

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  • The Missouri Mavericks packed up their gear this morning and headed for Tulsa, Okla., where they hope to win their fourth game in their last five outings at 7:05 p.m. this evening.
    The Mavericks then play Thursday at Bloomington, on Friday at Quad City and return Saturday to the Independence Events Center to take on the Mallards again.
    The Mavericks defeated Quad City 3-1 Saturday night at the iwireless Center in Moline, Ill., wiping aside the sting of Friday night’s 2-0 loss to the Mallards at the Independence Events Center.
    The 7-8-2 Mavericks are just 2-5 at home.
    “It’s strange because we go on the road, unpack our stuff and we win,” said goaltender Mike Clemente, who stopped 26 of 27 shots in the Saturday night win. “I think we overanalyze things – we think too much at home. We need to just go out and play at home and not think about 5,800 fans who want to see us win.
    “If we had won three of the last four at home and lost one on the road, our fans would be pretty excited. But we’ve lost the one game at home and won the rest on the road. We need to flip things around.”
    Defenseman David Simoes agreed.
    “The defense has really been playing well,” Simoes said Monday after the Mavericks shut down eight Quad City power plays, including a 5-on-3 advantage, on Saturday. “We only allowed 17 shots Friday night – and we lost 2-0 at home. We have to play a good overall game, especially at home, because being 2-5 at home is not acceptable.
    “Winning on the road is important, but we have to find a way to win at home, and we will. We’re getting better and better each time we go out on the ice. We need to get some points on the road this week and come home and win a game at the Events Center.”
    The Mavericks found the right combination of offense and defense to claim the 3-1 victory Saturday night. Newcomer Podge Turnbull scored two goals and John-Scott Dickson broke a scoreless tie with the game’s first goal in the second period.
    “It was a great team effort where we had defensemen playing forward because of short numbers” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. “Clemmer (Mike Clemente) made some huge saves in net and Turnbull had a great offensive night. The three minute 3-on-5 penalty kill preserved the win for us.”
    A scoreless first period marked the fifth consecutive period in which the Mavericks were held without a goal.
    Dickson ended the scoring drought at the 11:02 mark of the second period when he lifted a wrist shot past the glove of Mallards goaltender John Murray. Evan Vossen and Turnbull assisted on the play.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Mavericks took a 2-0 lead just over three minutes later on Turnbull’s first goal with the Mavericks on a feed from behind the net from Sebastien Thinel.
    The Mavericks, though, didn’t hold on to the two-goal lead for long. Quad City forward Mike Stinziani scored at the 16:34 mark to make it 2-1.
    The Mavericks were able to overcome several third-period penalties, and kept the Mallards off the scoreboard during a 5-on-3 advantage.
    “That was huge, the defense did a great job on the penalty kills,” Clemente said. “You can see a lot of good things happening with this team. Like we talked about earlier, we just need to find a way to win at home.
    “We’ve got three games on the road this week, so we need to play well and come home with a lot of confidence.”
    MAVERICKS SIGN LEE: Goaltender Austin Lee has signed a five-day tryout with the Mavericks. He was with the team earlier this season, but was released in favor of the goaltending duo of Clemente and Mathieu Corbeil.
    Corbeil has suffered a minor injury, will stay on the active roster, and is listed as day-to-day.
    “This is just a precautionary measure,” Hillman said.
    Lee was 0-0-1 with a 5.46 goals-against averaged in his two games before being waived.

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