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Examiner
  • Mavericks rally in final period

  • The Missouri Mavericks scored three third-period goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit and claim a 4-2 victory over Bloomington Tuesday night at US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill.

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  • The Missouri Mavericks scored three third-period goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit and claim a 4-2 victory over Bloomington Tuesday night at US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill.
    The Mavericks ended a four-game road losing streak in assistant director of hockey operations Simon Watson's debut as coach. Mavericks coach Scott Hillman was serving a one-game suspension and turned the coaching duties over to Watson.
    When informed that he had the highest winning percentage of any coach in the CHL – 1.000 percent – Watson jokingly said, “That's a good way to go out and turn everything back to Scott.”
    With the win, the Mavericks maintain their fifth-place spot in the standings. Missouri improved to 33-24-6 and has 72 points, trailing fourth-place Rapid City by two points. Quad City is in sixth with 68 points.
    “A big win by the boys, especially scoring three goals in the third period,” Watson said. “They took that 2-1 one lead, but we kept fighting back. A win like this, especially a win like this on the road, is a big confidence builder.”
    Kenton Miller scored twice for the Mavericks, including the game-winning goal, which was part of that third-period three-goal barrage.
    After a scoreless first period, the Blaze took a 2-1 lead in the second. Jon Booras opened the scoring just 34 seconds into the middle frame on assists from Brett Lutes and Nicklas Lindberg.
    Missouri answered on Miller's first goal of the game when his wrist shot from just above the slot beat Ross MacKinnon stick side. At 13:12 Bloomington took the lead when David Gilbert took advantage of a turnover and beat Mathieu Corbeil, who was out of position after the turnover. Bloomington held the lead going into the third period, but it was all Mavericks in the final frame.
    Kellan Tochkin tied the game at two when he jammed home a rebound just 59 seconds into the third. Sebastien Thinel and Miller earned assists on the play, giving Thinel his league-leading 90th point of the season.
    Miller grabbed the game winner late in the period when he redirected a pass from John-Scott Dickson and beat MacKinnon. Missouri added an Evan Vossen empty-net goal at 18:40 to make it 4-2.
    Corbeil stopped 27 of 29 shots for the victory, and his counterpart was equally as impressive, making 42 saves on 45 shots for the Blaze.
    The win gave Missouri an 8-2-0 record against the Blaze this season.
    Missouri returns home for the regular season finale and Fan Appreciation Night at 7:05 p.m. Friday against the Tulsa Oilers.
    “A huge weekend,” Watson said. “The home finale in front of our great fans Friday night, then off to Allen and Wichita on Saturday and Sunday. It should be exciting.”
    PLAYOFF TICKETS TO GO ON SALE: Mavericks playoff tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Thursday through all Ticketmaster outlets and at the Events Center box office.
    Page 2 of 2 - Playoff schedules are to be determined and only playoff games A, B and C of the first round will go on sale. Visit www.MissouriMavericks.com for up-to-date information as it is released.
    WRIGHT WINS MAN OF YEAR AWARD: The CHL announced Tuesday that Travis Wight of the Wichita Thunder has been named the 2012-13 Central Hockey League Man of the Year. The award is selected by the CHL front office based on nominations and supporting materials presented from member clubs. The other finalists for the award were Missouri's David Simoes, Bloomington's Jon Booras, Rapid City's Scott Wray and Tulsa's Gary Steffes.
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