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Examiner
  • Consecutive losses cost Mavs chance to pad playoff position

  • Scott Hillman walked out of his office Saturday night at the Independence Events Center still trying to figure out what happened to his Missouri Mavericks following an 8-3 loss to Quad City.

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  • Scott Hillman walked out of his office Saturday night at the Independence Events Center still trying to figure out what happened to his Missouri Mavericks following an 8-3 loss to Quad City.
    Before he talked about the lopsided loss, he said, “Unbelievable.”
    Was he talking about the outcome? Or perhaps the determination shown by the Mallards, who picked up three crucial points this weekend and now trail the third-place Mavericks by just one point (48-47) in the Turner Conference standings.
    No, he was talking about the hometown fans, who were honored as the best in the CHL last season.
    “Unbelievable, we score a goal when we’re down 5-0 and our fans went crazy,” Hillman said. “I looked around the arena and I didn’t see one person sitting down. Everyone was standing and cheering for the boys.
    “When you’re down 5-0 in front of a sold-out arena you feel overwhelmed. I know that’s how the boys felt tonight. They wanted so badly to do something right and when we scored that goal the place just erupted.
    “That fan support is going to feed the team until we play Arizona (at 7:05 p.m.) Friday. We need them to come back out and support us and we’ll give them a better game.”
    The Mavericks lost a 5-4 shootout Friday night to Quad City and followed that setback with their worst home loss of the season.
    The Mallards grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Eric Giosa and Jared Brown within five minutes of each other at the 13:27 and 18:24 marks.
    Mickey Lang extended the Mallards lead to 3-0 12 minutes into the second period. John Snowden added a power-play goal just over a minute later to extend the lead to 4-0 in Quad City’s favor. The Mallards’ fourth goal chased Mavs goaltender Charlie Effinger from the net. He was replaced by Jakub Macek, who appeared in his first game for Missouri since being acquired on January 19.
    Macek allowed the last four goals.
    Missouri finally got on the board at 12:00 of the third period when Brandon Coccimiglio scored.
    The Mavericks added a goal from Patrick Schafer and Ed McGrane, and some words were exchanged as the two teams left the ice.
    “This was like a mini-playoff series,” Hillman said, “and we failed it miserably. There is a good chance we will see them in the playoffs and we have to play much better than we did this weekend.
    Schafer said the team mood was down, but not out.
    “We’ll be all right,” Schafer said. “It sucks to lose, especially in front of a great crowd like we had tonight. I can never accept a loss, any kind of a loss, but a game like this can be a real wake-up call.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We need to stop the bleeding now. Charlie (Effinger) has been carrying us all season and we need to start playing better in front of him. We had the nice winning streak end (Friday night) in the shootout, and then we lose like this.
    “Coach will get everyone refocused at practice this week and you’re going to see a much stronger performance next weekend.”
          
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