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Examiner
  • Corbeil returns to carry Mavs

  • Mathieu Corbeil, who has been sidelined for a month and a half with injuries and a call-up to the AHL Chicago Wolves, starred in the net Friday night, making 48 saves on 49 shots to lead the Missouri Mavericks to a dramatic 3-1 road victory over Rapid City.

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  • Mathieu Corbeil, who has been sidelined for a month and a half with injuries and a call-up to the AHL Chicago Wolves, starred in the net Friday night, making 48 saves on 49 shots to lead the Missouri Mavericks to a dramatic 3-1 road victory over Rapid City.
    “Corbeil was just amazing tonight,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said by phone. “He’s been out, he’s been called up to the AHL and he comes in tonight and shuts down one of the best teams in the CHL.
    “I couldn’t be any prouder of him and the rest of the team.”
    When Hillman arrived in his office following the game, he had a message from the Wolves, wanting Corbeil to return to the AHL squad.
    “Another nice reward for Corbeil,” Hillman said as the goalie flew to Rapid City from Chicago, where he has been with the Wolves the past week. “We will likely call up an emergency goalie to back up Clemmer (Mike Clemente, who leads the CHL with 16 wins). We should be fine, Clemmer has done a great job this season with Corbeil sidelined.”
    Another Maverick who enjoyed a big night was former Rush enforcer Colt King, who had a KO in a quick fight and two assists.
    “You could tell Colt was fired up, really fired up,” Hillman said. “He had two assists and played a solid 60 minutes of hockey. They way he played tonight – well, that’s why we brought him onto our roster.
    “If he plays tomorrow night, like he did tonight, we have a good chance of picking up four points this weekend.”
    The win gives the fourth-place Mavericks a 20-12-4 record and leaves them a point behind Wichita and two points ahead of Denver, both of whom lost Friday night.
    “A big night to win with Wichita and Denver both losing,” Hillman said. “We came here in hopes of a four-point weekend, and we’re halfway there.”
    John-Scott Dickson and Jesse Perrin scored even-strength goals for the Mavericks and Kyle Hood had an empty-netter in the closing seconds.
    “It’s so good to be back,” Corbeil said. “The goalie is just a small part of this win. The PK (penalty kill) team was great, the guys played great defense and we scored enough points to win. And that is all that’s important to me.”
    When asked about his second call up of the week, Corbeil said, “Maybe I will get the chance to get in a game this time. I backed up a game last week. It’s exciting to get a call up and see what happens.”
     
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