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Examiner
  • Returnees spice things up for Mavs

  • Two of the most excited members of the Missouri Mavericks, who hit the ice at 7:05 tonight against the visiting Bloomington Blaze, will likely be rookie goaltender Mike Clemente and former all-star forward Andrew Courtney.

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  • Two of the most excited members of the Missouri Mavericks, who hit the ice at 7:05 tonight against the visiting Bloomington Blaze, will likely be rookie goaltender Mike Clemente and former all-star forward Andrew Courtney.
    Clemente was called up to the AHL and missed last Saturday’s home opener and can’t wait to get in the net against the Blaze, while Courtney returns to the Mavericks following stints with Connecticut in the AHL and Greenville, S.C., in the Southern Pacific Hockey League,
    “It was great being called up, and I really enjoyed getting to watch hockey at that level,” said Clemente, who did not see any action on the ice, “but I was really looking forward to the home opener.
    “I heard from all the guys how exciting it was, and I wanted to be a part of it. But I know Friday night is going to be as exciting. Everyone told me how loud the Events Center was at the opener and I hope the fans are as noisy and excited Friday.”
    Courtney, who said he has not been on the ice in nearly a month, could see plenty of action against the Blaze.
    “We’re going throw Andrew into the fire,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. “We know what he can do and he’s shaken off a lot of the rust at practice this week. We’re really happy to have him back.”
    Courtney, 27, returns to the Mavericks after tying the team’s single-season record for goals (29) during the 2011-12 season, his rookie campaign. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound forward finished with 29 goals and 30 assists for 59 points in 63 games last season with the Mavericks and was named to the CHL’s All-Rookie Team.
    “I can’t wait to get back out on the ice,” Courtney said following Thursday’s practice at the Events Center. “I’m very fortunate that coach and the staff here with the Mavericks still believe in me. It’s great to have another chance to play in front of the best hockey fans in the world.”
    As Courtney talked about returning to the ice, Brian Bicek joined the conversation.
    “Andrew’s going to be my line mate, so he better get off to a good start,” Bicek joked. “He’s looked good this week. You could never tell he’s been off the ice the past three and a half weeks. He’s going to help this team.”
    The Mavericks have placed defender Blake Forsyth and forward Ryan Jardine on the injured reserve list, which leaves the Mavericks with 18 healthy players.
    “We will not have to make a roster move, because of Forsyth and Jardine,” Hillman said. “The roster will take care of itself.”
     
     
     

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