When Missouri Mavericks coach Scott Hillman’s sons Guhnar and Corbin are roughhousing with the players following a home game, that’s a sign of good things for the Central Hockey League team.

When Missouri Mavericks coach Scott Hillman’s sons Guhnar and Corbin are roughhousing with the players following a home game, that’s a sign of good things for the Central Hockey League team.

Saturday night at the Independence Events Center, it was difficult to tell who was having more fun, the Hillman boys or the Mavericks, who downed Tulsa for the second night in a row, claiming a 4-2 thriller in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,800.

“This was a lot of fun, a spirited night – on and off the ice,” Hillman said, as his team got off a franchise record 51 shots on goal and Rob Nolan stopped 22 of 24 Oiler shots.

“They’re a team that’s struggling, and they are a bit desperate and we’re a hungry team. We’ve now won back-to-back (5-2 Friday night at Tulsa) against the Oilers and you can see the boys’ confidence growing with every game.

“We wanted four points this weekend and we got them. And we’re going to need them with four games next week. The schedule maker wasn’t very kind to us, but that’s all right. You want to play when you’re playing as well as we’ve played the last week.”

The Mavs kick off the Thanksgiving week in Bossier-Shreveport Tuesday, then host the Bloomington PrairieThunder at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.

The Mavericks wrap up the homestand with two weekend games against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Both games start at 7:05 p.m. and tickets are available for all upcoming games.

Toby Lafrance, Olivier Filion, Dominic D’Amour and Simon Watson all recorded two points each for the Mavericks, who spent most of Saturday night in the Oilers’ end of the ice.

D’Amour rifled home a slap shot on the Mavs’ final power play chance of the first period to give the hometown team a 1-0 lead.

“It’s always nice to get the first goal,” D’Amour said. “We’re so much more comfortable out there. I think we’re going to start scoring more goals.”

Lafrance and Filion assisted on the goal.

Missouri’s Cole Ruwe was called for tripping just under four minutes into the second period and three seconds later Derek Eastman tied the score at 1-all.

Watson was finally able to beat Oilers goaltender Ian Keserich, when rookie forward Walker Wintoneak fed him a pass in the slot and Watson buried the goal.

After the goal, Carlyle Lewis and Evan Kotsopoulos got tangled up, causing a shoving match in front of the Oilers’ net. A total of 12 penalty minutes were handed out for the outburst. Tulsa responded quickly after the Mavs’ second score as Chad Costello again knotted the score for the visitors.

Two minutes into the third period, the Mavericks’ French Connection hooked up again as Lafrance buried a pass on a play by fellow French-Canadians, Filion and D’Amour. Filion and D’Amour were credited with assists.

“A perfect pass from Fillion,” Lafrance said. “You can just see the guys getting more and more comfortable playing together. The lines are getting more familiar with each other and more productive.”

The offensive outpouring continued for the Mavericks, as they racked up a team-high 23 shots in the third period.

Watson sealed the victory with an empty-net goal with 12 seconds left in the game.

“A great night of hockey,” Watson said as he threw a sponge puck around the locker room with the coach’s young sons. “It’s great to start getting some goals for Rob because he’s been amazing in the net.”

Nolan, who is now 3-1-2 after starting the season 0-1-2, downplayed his role in the victory.

“The guys played amazing defense in front of me, and every time the Oilers scored, we answered with a goal,” said Nolan, who is second in the CHL with a 1.96 goals against average.

“We’re playing with a lot of confidence and it was fun playing back-to-back nights. I know Coach Hillman has a lot of confidence in me and Gerry (Festa, who is 4-2 in the nets). It doesn’t matter who’s in the net, all that matters is a win.”