The Missouri Mavericks certainly haven’t solved all their problems, but at least for one night they looked like the team they expected to be at the start of the season.

The Missouri Mavericks certainly haven’t solved all their problems, but at least for one night they looked like the team they expected to be at the start of the season.

Maverick goalie Charlie Effinger gripped 28 saves as the Mavs squelched the Bloomington Blaze 3-0 Friday night at US Cellular Coliseum.

Dale Mahovsky tallied a goal and an assist and John-Scott Dickson added a pair of assists as the Mavericks (13-12-3) halted a two-game losing skid. The contest was Missouri’s first shutout win since blanking the Mississippi RiverKings 7-0 on March 22, 2010.

“That was a good step forward,” Mavericks head coach Scott Hillman said.  “Last night (a 4-2 defeat at Fort Wayne), I thought was one of our best games of the season, but we didn’t get the result. Tonight was a solid road effort.”

Steven Kaunisto gave the Mavericks a 1-0 lead at 7:17 of the first period when he skated into the Bloomington zone on a two-on-one and lifted a wrist shot over the shoulder of Blaze goaltender Zane Kalemba. Dickson earned the lone assist on the goal.  

Missouri extended its lead with 3:48 remaining in the opening period when Sebastien Thinel netted his eighth goal of the season on assists from Mahovsky and Dickson.

The Mavericks put up 27 shots through the first two periods and Effinger and the Mavericks’ defense didn’t allow the Blaze (9-17-2) to score on their 22 shots.

In the third period, the Mavericks limited the Blaze to just six shots on goal. Kalemba was pulled from Bloomington’s net in favor of an extra attacker and the Mavericks sealed the victory with an empty-net goal. Mahovsky scored his 12th goal of the season into the empty net on assists from Andrew Courtney and Brad Good.

The Mavericks head home to take on Texas (14-10-6) at 7:35 p.m. Saturday at the Independence Events Center.