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Examiner
  • Shutout adds to Clemente's win total

  • An overflow crowd of 5,800 fans witnessed the Missouri Mavericks say goodbye to 2012 in the most dramatic fashion possible.

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  • An overflow crowd of 5,800 fans witnessed the Missouri Mavericks say goodbye to 2012 in the most dramatic fashion possible.
    Rookie goaltender Mike Clemente stopped all 35 shots he faced and soon-to-be newlywed John-Scott Dickson blasted a shot off the skate of teammate Ryan Jardine for the lone goal as the Mavericks edged visiting Tulsa 1-0 New Year's Eve at the Independence Events Center.
    “Amazing, just an amazing performance by Clemmer and the entire team,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said after the Mavericks improved to 16-11-4, upped their December record to 10-3-2 and moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Central Hockey League.
    “Clemmer just gets better and better every time he goes out there and you can see his confidence – and his teammates' confidence in him – grow on a game-by-game basis.”
    The Mavericks won two games in a row to end 2012 and look to keep that streak alive as the Wichita Thunder visits the Events Center at 7:05 p.m. Friday and the expansion Denver Cutthroats makes their initial trip to the Events Center at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
    The Mavs and Oilers skated to a scoreless first period. Missouri was forced to kill a double-minor high-sticking penalty to Andrew Courtney and the Oilers held a 14-5 advantage on shots on goal.
    “Mike is a great young goaltender,” said Mavericks defenseman Jared Lavender, who rejoined the team last week. “He lets you know what's going on out on the ice, and he doesn't let too many pucks get away for rebounds.”
    Missouri broke a season high with 23 shots in the second period and Jardine unlocked the scoreless tie when the puck ricocheted off his skate past Oilers goaltender Shane Madolora.
    Jardine was assisted by Dickson and Podge Turnbull and the goal proved to be the only one of the evening.
    “We just need to keep doing what we did this month and we're going to be fine,” Jardine said when asked about the sterling play in the month of December. “We all have a lot of faith in Mike. He did a great job tonight.”
    The win was the perfect gift for Dickson, who married Ashley Schroll in Lee's Summit Wednesday afternoon.
    “I know I got credited with the goal (during the game), but it went in off Ryan's skate,” Dickson said. “We don't care who scores – it's just important that we scored and a got a goal so Mike's effort was rewarded.”
    When asked about his wedding, he said, “It's going to be great. Real low key, her family and some of the guys from the team are coming, then we're going down out to eat.”
    Clemente was grinning from ear to ear as he entered the locker room as his girlfriend and one of his best friends from college attended the game.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Winning 1-0 is pretty sweet,” said Clemente, who leads the CHL with 13 wins. “I won a 1-0 game my sophomore year at Brown (University), and I had a shutout last year at Springfield, but it was like 3-0 the first period – so it didn't have the drama of tonight's win.
    “The last period was pretty intense. It was so cool to hear the crowd counting down the final seconds of this win. We have the best fans ever.”
     
     

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