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Examiner
  • Mavs look to solidify standing

  • Sebastien Thinel’s two tiniest – yet biggest – fans were not on hand to witness Dad’s three-point night in a huge 6-4 victory over Denver Wednesday at the Independence Events Center.

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  • Sebastien Thinel’s two tiniest – yet biggest – fans were not on hand to witness Dad’s three-point night in a huge 6-4 victory over Denver Wednesday at the Independence Events Center.
    “Maddx and Jett didn’t make the game, because Jett is sick,” said Thinel, referring to his young sons who always greet their father with a high five as he comes onto the ice for a pre-game skate. “I hope they’re able to come Friday. We’re going to need all the support we can get.”
    Thinel’s big night was overshadowed by Andrew Courtney’s hat trick – the second of his career and the first by a Mavericks player this season – as Missouri broke a fifth-place deadlock with the Cutthroats in the tight CHL standings.
    Missouri is now alone in fifth place and four points out of fourth place, which is occupied by Rapid City.
    “We have three games this week,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said, “and we have two points with the win over Denver (Wednesday). Those two points don’t mean as much if we don’t win Friday and Saturday (at home against Quad City).
    “Every game we play the rest of the season is like a playoff game. The past two weekends we lost key opportunities to score some big points, and we need to make up for that this week with three games at home.”
    The Mavericks took a 6-2 lead into the final minute of Wednesday night’s victory, only to see the Cutthroats score two goals within a 30-second span.
    “They are so dangerous offensively,” Mavericks goaltender Mike Clemente said. “They can score that quickly, and maybe those two late goals – in a game we’ve won – were good because it shows how quick they can score. You can’t take a team like that lightly. They’re going to be even more dangerous Friday because of what happened (Wednesday).”
    Clemente starred in goal, despite the two goals in the closing seconds.
    “Where would we be without Clemmer this year?” Hillman asked. “He was amazing the second period. We survive the 5-on-3 and have too many penalties, and he keeps making save after save after save.
    “Sebbie proves time and time again why he is the best player in this league and Courts played like the Courts we saw before he was injured (and missed 11 games with a lower body injury).
    “Now is the time to be playing your best hockey, and for 59 minutes and 30 seconds, we played some very good hockey against Denver. Friday, we need to put together 60 minutes.”
    COLT KING BOBBLEHEAD: The first 1,500 fans to enter the Events Center tonight will receive a Colt King bobblehead. There are still seats available for the game.
    Page 2 of 2 - Thinel leads the CHL with 60 assists and 86 points. No member of the Mavericks ranks among the top 25 scorers in the league. He is a finalist for league MVP honors.
    The Mavericks will wear special St. Patrick’s Day jerseys tonight that will be auctioned off after the game.
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC
     
     
     

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