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Examiner
  • Mavericks stay strong at Events Center

  • If you thought the Missouri Mavericks looked like a team on a mission Saturday night against visiting Bloomington, you were right.

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  • If you thought the Missouri Mavericks looked like a team on a mission Saturday night against visiting Bloomington, you were right.
    “We were still upset with the way we played at Bloomington (Friday night),” said Mavericks forward Brandon Coccimiglio, referring to a 3-2 loss to the Blaze. “We were angry and we had something to prove tonight, especially in front of a packed house.
    Coccimiglio and John-Scott Dickson scored two goals each, Dale Mahovsky recorded a franchise-high four assists and goaltender Charlie Effinger stopped 39 of 43 shots in a 7-4 victory before a standing-room-only crowd of 5,800. It was the Mavericks’ seventh sellout this season.
    It was the Mavericks’ seventh consecutive win at home and set the stage for a seven-game homestand that includes a 7:05 contest tonight against Evansville and 7:05 p.m. games Friday and Saturday against Quad City.
    “Tonight, we just kept it simple,” Coccimiglio added. “When we keep it simple, good things seem to happen. John-Scott got us off to the good start and we just kind of took it from there.”
    Dickson scored his first goal just 1:14 into the first period.
    “When you get that first goal, it just energizes everyone,” Effinger said. “Tonight was so completely different than last night (the 3-2 loss, in which there were no goals scored the first two periods).
    “It’s just so good to get home and have all the fans cheering for us. I hope our fans always know what they mean to everyone on the team. When you’ve been on a bus 16 hours (to and from Bloomington), to come home and get a reception like we got tonight means everything to us.”
    The Mavs scored a season-high four goals in the first period with Dickson and Sebastien Thinel scoring alongside Coccimiglio’s two goals.
    Defenseman Brad Good posted two assists in the period. The Blaze added two goals of their own as Luke Popko and Kyle Laughlin made the game interesting.
    The Mavs took control in the second period, putting up two more goals. Dickson added his second goal of the game just over a minute into the second period. Thinel and Mahovsky assisted on Dickson’s goal.
    The Blaze pulled former Mavericks goaltender Zane Kalemba and replaced him with another former Missouri player in Brian Mahoney-Wilson. Popko kept the Blaze close with his second goal of the night at the 16:06 mark of the period. The Mavs were quick to counter, with a goal 23 seconds later from newly acquired forward Andrew Favot.
     Jason Dale made it 6-4 early in the third period but Patrick Schafer made sure the Blaze went home empty-handed as he scored the seventh goal of the evening for Missouri with just over a minute left in the period.
    Page 2 of 2 - “This was a great response to the loss Friday night,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. “Everyone got in on the action tonight. And as always, Charlie was just outstanding in the net.
    “It was good to score the early goal, and even better to keep scoring the remainder of the game.”
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