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Examiner
  • Mavs swept in lost weekend

  • The Missouri Mavericks wrapped up a lost weekend with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Wichita Wings Sunday afternoon at INTRUST Bank Arena.

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  • The Missouri Mavericks wrapped up a lost weekend with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Wichita Wings Sunday afternoon at INTRUST Bank Arena.
    The loss at Wichita completed a three-game weekend sweep by the Thunder, although the Mavericks did pick up a point Sunday because the game went into overtime.
    “I could accept today’s game, even be pleased with the way we played, had it not been for the two previous losses,” coach Scott Hillman said on the team bus heading back to Independence.
    “We played three good periods of hockey today, much better than the way we played Saturday night at home. And that was such a disappointing loss because of our fans. They came out in force, were so vocal and supportive, and we wanted to reward them with a win.”
    Sunday’s loss leaves Missouri with a 2-3-2 record and in ninth place in the 10-team league with six points, with just one of those points coming from the three successive games against the archrival Thunder.
    “We have to play better, that’s all there is to say,” said defenseman David Simoes, who turned in a strong effort Sunday night.
    With rookie goaltender Austin Lee out of the net, late in the game with the Mavericks leading 3-2, Simoes blocked a shot with his stick then blocked a rebound attempt with his body.
    “We’re doing everything we can to win, we’re just not getting it done," Simoes said. "We were all so disappointed Saturday night. That was one of the loudest crowds we’ve had at home and when we took the 3-2, and 4-3 leads we thought we were going to get it done and get it done for them because they were giving us so much energy.
    “But Wichita is a good team, they came to play. Now, we have four days off and we can work on some things that need fixing.”
    Wichita’s Neil Trimm and Ian Lowe both had a pair of goals to lead the Thunder to the 6-4 Saturday night win. The Thunder have won five in a row at the Events Center.
    Sebastien Thinel, Matt McCready and Brandon Smith all led Missouri with two points apiece. Thinel, Kellan Tochkin, Colt King and Jamie VanderVeeken scored the Mavs' goals.
    One Saturday night highlight came when King bloodied Wichita’s Aaron Boogaard in a second-period fight that electrified the sold-put crowd.
    Moments after Boogaard left the ice to be examined by the Wichita trainer, VanderVeeken scored a goal to give Missouri its last lead at 4-3.
    “The energy in the building was incredible Saturday night,” VanderVeeken said. “We all heard about the fans here and now we all know what everyone was talking about. We felt so bad losing, I mean, we really wanted to win the game for our great fans.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Hillman spent the entire bus ride back to Missouri Sunday night evaluating his team’s play on his laptop computer.
    “The loss is disappointing, but as far as a 60-minute game goes, we were much better,” Hillman said. “This is a huge step forward to playing sound, fundamental hockey, but we have to find a way to not take so many minor penalties. We lost momentum throughout the game after taking those penalties.”
    Just 38 seconds into the opening period Sunday, the Mavericks took their first lead of the season on a goal by Kenton Miller.
    At the 17:55 mark, Mavericks defenseman Dave Pszenyczny scored his first goal of the season in only his second game back following offseason shoulder surgery. The goal was Missouri’s first power-play goal in four games.
    But the Thunder roared back and eventually tied the score at 3-all with just 5:06 left in the third quarter.
    Kevin Young then scored the game-winner just 32 seconds into the overtime period.
    “A lot to work on the next four days,” Hillman said as the Mavericks prepare for Friday and Saturday night games at home against Bloomington. “We may change some things up, practice a bit differently – have to do something to get back on track.”
     
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