The mood in the Missouri Maverick’s locker room was upbeat and vibrant following last Friday’s 7-4 victory over Laredo.

The mood in the Missouri Maverick’s locker room was upbeat and vibrant following last Friday’s 7-4 victory over Laredo.

The team broke a three-game losing streak and Charlie Effinger returned from AHL affiliate Chicago to stand tall in the net.

But as thrilled as he was with his team’s rare home win, coach Scott Hillman advised, “There are going to be some changes coming. We have guys on the IR who are getting healthy and we have to shore up our defense.”

Those changes began Tuesday when the Mavericks announced the signing of defenseman David Simoes and trade of defenseman Zach Carriveau and goaltender Brian Mahoney-Wilson.
The team also announced that forward Carlyle Lewis has been activated from the IR and is expected to play this week.

Simoes, 26, returns to the Central Hockey League after starting this season with the Louisiana IceGators of the Southern Professional Hockey League. In 17 games, the Vanderhoof, British Columbia native accounted for 10 points and 38 penalty minutes.  

“This is a move that allows us to add stability and leadership to our hockey club,” Hillman said.  “We have been working very hard to improve the performance of our blue line, and David Simoes is a veteran of the CHL that our fans will appreciate. He plays a hard-nosed brand of hockey. We are excited to make this change and wish Zach and Brian great success with their new clubs. They both made significant contributions to our club in their short time with us.”

Carriveau was traded to the Arizona Sundogs in exchange for future considerations and Mahoney-Wilson was traded to the Bloomington Blaze for future considerations.

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