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Examiner
  • Mavs regain upper hand against Fort Wayne

  •  The Missouri Mavericks took care of business Saturday night at the Independence Events Center where they downed Fort Wayne 5-2 in the fifth game of their best-of-seven Turner Conference championship series at the Independence Events Center.


        The Mavericks hold a 3-2 lead in the series and can claim the Turner Conference title with a win at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Fort Wayne.

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  •  The Missouri Mavericks took care of business Saturday night at the Independence Events Center where they downed Fort Wayne 5-2 in the fifth game of their best-of-seven Turner Conference championship series at the Independence Events Center.
        The Mavericks hold a 3-2 lead in the series and can claim the Turner Conference title with a win at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Fort Wayne.
        "It's all down to a best of three series and we won the first game - which was huge," Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said, after his team won its lone game among the three played at the Events Center last week.
        "We're a team on a mission. We want to win Game 6 because we don't want this series to go to a Game 7 in their building.
        Veteran forwards Sebastien Thinel and Ed McGrane notched two points each with a goal and an assist in the win and Charlie Effinger made 24 saves on 26 shots by the Komets.
        "We won the first two at their place, but none of us thought we'd sweep this series," McGrane said, alluding to the Mavericks 4-0 sweep of Evansville in the Turner Conference semifinals. "The Komets are such a good team, a veteran team.
        "We had to win this game (Saturday) to regain the momentum we lost with the first two (losses) at our place."
        The Mavs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead 39 seconds into regulation on a goal from John-Scott Dickson. Dale Mahovsky assisted on the goal.
        The Komets responded on a goal by Jean-Michel Rizk, who now has give goals in the series. The Mavs regained the lead with a shorthanded goal, when Thinel and McGrane broke free against Nick Boucher. Thinel flipped the pass over the defender to McGrane who put it home to give the Mavs the 2-1 lead.
        Missouri doubled its lead with less than two minutes to play, as Brandon Smith collected a loose puck in the crease and put it in the back of the net. Ryan Jardine and Kris Hogg were given assists on the net. The first period ended with the Mavs leading the Komets 3-1.
         The Komets drew closer eight minutes into the second period on a power play goal from Frankie DeAngelis, who scored the winning goal in Thursday night's double-overtime thriller, which the Komets won 5-4.
        The Mavs regained their two-goal lead three and a half minutes later on an unassisted goal from Thinel.    
        Missouri sealed the win on a Kris Hogg goal with five minutes left in regulation.
        "We're a third-year franchise and this is their 60th year, so you know how hard they are going to come at us Tuesday night," Effinger said. "But we're ready. We know we need to find a way to win the next game because none of us want this series to go to Game 7."
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