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Examiner
  • Mavs left searching for answers after blowout

  • Just 1:17 into the first period of the Missouri Mavericks’ contest against visiting Bloomington Friday night at the Independence Events Center, Nicklas Lindberg gave the Blaze a 1-0 lead. Seconds later, it was 2-0 on a Tyler Gron goal.

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  • Just 1:17 into the first period of the Missouri Mavericks’ contest against visiting Bloomington Friday night at the Independence Events Center, Nicklas Lindberg gave the Blaze a 1-0 lead. Seconds later, it was 2-0 on a Tyler Gron goal.
    With 1:41 left in the third period, Gron scored his third goal and the seventh of the game for Bloomington as the shell-shocked Mavericks were blanked 7-0 and left with a world of questions.
    “Right from the first shift they start out strong, scoring two goals in the first two minutes,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said, “then, we played well the remainder of that period and well into the second period.
    “Then, well, I don’t know. Their goalie (Pier-Olivier Pelletier) played a great game, but this is the second time this season we have been shutout. Nothing went our way tonight. Nothing.
    “Pelletier either made a great save or we found a way to hit him. What I saw tonight was embarrassing and unacceptable. It’s been a while since we’ve had one like this – thank goodness – we just have to get back at it.
    “We have them tomorrow night, so we don’t have long to think about this one.”
    Rookie goaltender Mike Clemente, who was 2-0-1 entering the game and had a CHL Rookie Goaltender of the Month award under his belt, stopped just 23 of 30 shots, and he offered no excuses.
    “I’m going to think about this one for a while and then totally forget about it,” Clemente said outside of the quiet Mavericks’ locker room. “The good thing is there are still a lot of games left this season and we play them again tomorrow night, so we don’t have to sit around and think about this one for a long time.
    “I’m going to watch some video, try to figure out what went wrong, and be ready the next time I’m in the net.”
    Veteran captain Sebastien Thinel took an insightful look in the lopsided loss.
    “Whether it’s 1-0 or 7-0 a loss is a loss and we need to get better – fast,” Thinel said as the Mavericks fell to 2-4-2, ninth place in the 10-team league. “We need to start getting points. It’s still early, but points are valuable at anytime of the year.
    “Pelletier is a good goaltender, but we had so many chances after they took that 2-0 lead and we just couldn’t get the puck past him. But tomorrow is a new day and we have to find a way to get a win.”
    The Mavericks and Blaze play at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
     
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