Missouri Mavericks forward Brandon Coccimiglio went from feeling his coach’s wrath in the morning to the home fans’ love in the evening – and he welcomed both.

Missouri Mavericks forward Brandon Coccimiglio went from feeling his coach’s wrath in the morning to the home fans’ love in the evening – and he welcomed both.


Coccimiglio slapped in three goals during Friday’s 7-4 win over Laredo, his third hat trick in just 46 career games with the Mavericks. The second-year player also tallied hat tricks last year in the final week of the regular season, then again in the playoffs against Wichita.


While Coccimiglio and his teammates could revel in their first home victory in nearly three weeks and just their third overall, the morning workout wasn’t as pleasant.


“I screamed at him this morning,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. “I singled him out, told him to shoot the bleeping puck. He had tried this soft backhand.”


Perhaps, in part, Coccimiglio caught the brunt of a message to the whole team, mainly to throw as many pucks at the net as possible.


“He’s so skilled,” Hillman said. “Yes, we’ve had games where we had 40 shots, but there’s also 12 more we didn’t take.”


Coccimiglio certainly wasn’t bothered by the, ahem, extra encouragement.


“Sometimes, I need that little kick in the butt,” he said. “I appreciate it, because I know he still cares about me and wants me to do the right thing.


“He’s a great coach and knows what it takes to get guys going.”


Coccimiglio already had assisted one goal, extending his points streak to five games, when he scored his first goal off a rebound with just 13 seconds remaining in the first period. That gave the Mavericks a 4-1 lead.


His second goal, a slapper that hit Laredo goalie Torrie Jung and trickled behind him, came just 1:26 into the second and appeared to put the game out of reach at 5-1. But the third goal, coming off a 3-on-2 rush midway through the third, was crucial for the Mavericks after they had yielded three goals that cut their lead to 5-4.


With the hat trick, the third by a Maverick this season (Dale Mahovsky last month against Wichita, and John-Scott Dickson a week ago at Evansville), Coccimiglio now has nine goals and 13 points in 17 games this season.


“We just mixed the lines up some, and I jelled some tonight with (Mike) Gurtler and (Tyler) Ruel,” he said. “It’s just working hard, and just working off the motivation of the first goal.


“It’s defense first. That’s where I got most of the goals, from backchecking.”