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Examiner
  • Defensive gem saves Mavs

  • Ryan Jardine and Sebastien Thinel had three points each in Missouri's dramatic 4-3 victory over Quad City Saturday night at the Independence Events Center, but the Mavericks might not have salvaged a weekend against the ninth- and 10th-place teams in the CHL without a defensive gem by Podge Turnbull with seconds left in the third period.

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  • Ryan Jardine and Sebastien Thinel had three points each in Missouri's dramatic 4-3 victory over Quad City Saturday night at the Independence Events Center, but the Mavericks might not have salvaged a weekend against the ninth- and 10th-place teams in the CHL without a defensive gem by Podge Turnbull with seconds left in the third period.
    With 48 seconds left in the thriller, Quad City pulled goaltender John Murray in favor of a sixth attacker.
    With less than 10 seconds left on the clock and the standing-room-only crowd cheering on the Mavericks, the Mallards' Matt Boyd fired a shot that bounced off the chest of goaltender Mike Clemente to Quad City's Mickey Lang.
    With Clemente out of position, Turnbull, a forward, came out of nowhere, threw his body in front of the open net and blocked the potential game-tying shot.
    “That was the play of the game,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said after the Mavericks claimed two points and wiped away the bitter taste of a 4-1 loss to last-place Tulsa Friday night.
    “Our goal scorers scored and Clemente was outstanding in the net, but the play by Turnbull at the end of the game was huge. We didn't want to go into overtime.”
    The Mavericks wrapped up their five-game homestand with a 4-1-0 record and are tied for fourth place with a 19-12-4 record. The team has three days off for the CHL All-Star break, even though there is no winter classic this season.
    In the past, the CHL all-stars have played the reigning CHL champion and last year's championship team, Fort Wayne, is no longer in the league. So Hillman is giving his team a well-deserved rest. They will resume mandatory practices on Wednesday.
    Riley Emmerson gave the Mavericks 1-0 lead when he lifted a rebound over Murray's shoulder midway through the first period. John-Scott Dickson and Trevor Kell assisted on the goal, but the lead lasted less than 20 seconds as the Mallards quickly answered. Anthony Perdicaro beat Clemente to tie it.
    The back-and-forth battle continued in the second period. Missouri regained the lead on Jardine's first goal at the 13:02 mark, but the Mallards again answered quickly when Mike Hellyer scored less than one minute later.
    Missouri took a 3-2 lead on Andrew Courtney's ninth goal of the season. Thinel and Jardine assisted on the play. Through two periods, the Mavericks held a 3-2 lead and a 22-18 shots advantage.
    Early in the third period, Mallards forward Matt Boyd redirected a shot past Clemente to tie the game for a third time, but the Mavericks took the lead at the 7:55 mark when Jardine took a pass from Courtney and notched his second goal of the game on a breakaway.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We needed this win badly,” Jardine said. “We didn't want to think about the loss to Tulsa and a possible loss to Quad City all week after beating Wichita and Denver last weekend. We played with a lot of energy, and Podge made the big play at the end of the game.”
    Turnbull said he sensed something might happen in the closing seconds and wanted to be in a position to make a difference.
    “They had the one-man advantage so I wanted to stay near the box, just in case,” Turnbull said. “I saw Mike make the block, and the rebound went right to one of their guys. I just pushed my back against the pipe and stopped the shot.
    “This was just a great character win for this team. We needed it to finish a great homestand.”
    Thinel's three assists add to his league-leading point total. He now has 54 points on 16 goals and 38 assists. No other Maverick is in the top 25 in scoring.
    “Jards and Sebbie played amazing games tonight,” Hillman said. “Sebbie does what he does every night, and the guys responding by getting his passes and putting them in the back of the net.
    “And Jards played his best regular-season game as a Maverick. Huge, just huge.”
    The Mavericks play in Rapid City this Friday and Saturday.
    CORBEIL RECALLED: Missouri Mavericks goaltender Mathieu Corbeil has been recalled by the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.
    “We understand it is going to be for a short period of time, and we expect Mathieu to join us in Rapid City,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said.
    The Mavericks will play Friday and Saturday in Rapid City. Rookie Mike Clemente has started the past 18 games as Corbeil recovered from an injury.
    “This should work nicely,” Hillman added. “Mathieu will get a tuneup in Chicago and be ready to go this weekend.”
    Corbeil, 21, has appeared in nine games with the Mavericks and has a 3-6 mark with a 2.79 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.
    He led the St. John Sea Dogs with a career-record 37 victories and a 2.38 goals-against average last year, while sharing fourth in the league with a .911 save percentage in 48 outings. He posted a 37-10-1 record and also ranked first in the league with six shutouts.
    The Mavericks return home on Jan. 25 and 26 with games against the Denver Cutthroats and Tulsa Oilers.
     
     
     
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