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Examiner
  • Mavs finally find home success

  • The Missouri Mavericks were able to say goodbye to the King Kong-sized monkey that had been clinging to their back at home this season after a thrilling 3-2 victory over Quad City Saturday night at the Independence Events Center.

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  • The Missouri Mavericks were able to say goodbye to the King Kong-sized monkey that had been clinging to their back at home this season after a thrilling 3-2 victory over Quad City Saturday night at the Independence Events Center.
    Rookie Mike Clemente won his fifth consecutive game in goal, newcomer Podge Turnbull had a goal and an assist and Andrew Courtney and John-Scott Dickson scored goals as the Mavericks won just their third home game of the season, but padded their overall mark to 11-8-2 – good for fifth place in the CHL.
    “A week ago we were talking about what it would take to get out of last place,” an upbeat coach Scott Hillman said following the game. “Ten points will do that – four wins on the road, then getting the monkey off our back at home – it feels pretty darned good.”
    The game was the fourth encounter in the last eight days between the Mavericks and the Mallards, and tempers flared throughout the contest as 90 minutes of penalties were issued (43 for the Mavericks, 47 for the Mallards).
    “It was very physical and there was some tension out on the ice,” Hillman added, “but that’s what happens when you play a team four times in a short period of time. Our boys were fired up, and it showed.”
    Three fights broke out in the first 20 minutes with David Simoes, Blake Forsyth and Dave Pszenyczny taking care of their Mallard opponents, much to the delight of the home crowd.
    Quad City scored the opening goal when Mickey Lang found the back of the net at the 17:12 mark – the lone goal of the first period.
    Turnbull scored his fourth goal of the season on a slick wrap-around that tied the game at 1-1 at the 3:45 mark of the second period. Brandon Smith and Dickson assisted on the goal.
    “Our fans deserved a win like this,” said Turnbull, who has four goals and four assists in eight games since arriving two weeks ago. “A win like this is just the best feeling.”
    Andrew Courtney then gave the Mavericks the lead at the 7:48 mark when he took a precision pass from Sebastien Thinel across the ice and beat goaltender Jimmy Spratt with a wrist shot. The points for Courtney and Thinel extended their respective scoring streaks to five games each and Thinel added to his league-leading total of 32 points.
    “That pass, wow, it was perfect,” Courtney said. “Anytime Sebbie has the puck on his stick you better be ready for a pass like that. We work on it all the time in practice, and it feels so good when the end result is a goal.”
    Dickson extended the Mavericks' lead to 3-1 in the third period when he scored a power play goal at the 6:37 mark. The goal turned out to be the game-winner as Mike Hellyer scored for Quad City with an extra attacker in the final minute.
    Page 2 of 2 - “That (last goal) made it interesting, didn’t it?” Clemente asked, grinning. “What a great win. This is the win we’ve been looking for at home. We made it a little more exciting at the end than we needed to, but we got the win and that was the most important thing.”
    CHL HONORS COURTNEY: Missouri forward Andrew Courtney was named the Oakley Central Hockey League Player of the Week on Monday.
    Courtney, 27, has settled back in with the team he played his rookie season with a year ago. Last week, the Belleville,
    Ontario, native helped the Mavs to four wins with four goals and two assists to go along with a plus-3 rating. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound forward has goals in each of the last three games, the longest active goal streak in the league.
     
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