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Examiner
  • Mavs win in shutout while helping fight cancer

  • The largest home crowd in the history of the Missouri Mavericks watched a 5-0 victory over the Tulsa Oilers Saturday night that many highlights and heroes.

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  • The largest home crowd in the history of the Missouri Mavericks watched a 5-0 victory over the Tulsa Oilers Saturday night that many highlights and heroes.
    n John-Scott Dickson finished with three points on two goals and an assist.
    n Sebastien Thinel earned two points with a pair of assists.
    n Rookie goaltender Mathieu Corbeil stopped all 24 shots he faced for the shutout win.
    But the biggest winner on this night might have been the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. The Mavericks skated in their “Pink in the Rink” jerseys, which were auctioned off after the game.
    While most players' jerseys went for $1,000 or more, Dickson’s went for the staggering total of $6,300.
    “I couldn’t believe it,” said Dickson, who still seemed stunned long after the auction. “The money goes for a great cause, and I’m happy that my jersey went for that much. But I really can’t believe it.”
    As news of the auction price went through the locker room, his teammates began calling their teammate “The $6,500 Man.”
    Fans picked the right night to purchase every ticket in the Events Center as the Mavericks played a near-perfect game.
    “Certainly the best overall game this season,” coach Scott Hillman said, “and one of the best in the history of this franchise. We really needed to bounce back (from a 4-1 Friday night loss to Denver) and the boys did it in a big way.”
    The Mavericks took a 2-0 lead in the first period and controlled play throughout the opening 20 minutes. Dickson scored the first of his two goals on the power play at the 11:58 mark.
    He shot from goaltender Shane Madolora’s stick side and found a way to slip the puck under his stick for the unassisted goal.
    “I don’t know how it went in,” Dickson said, grinning, “I’m just happy it did.”
    So were the 5,800-plus who had plenty to cheer about throughout the night.
    Trevor Kell, who sat out a one-game suspension Friday night, then beat Madolora with a wrist shot from the right circle after a pass from Ryan Jardine.
    The Mavericks, who moved into a fourth-place tie with Denver and Bloomington with 46 points, outshot the Oilers 15-4 in the period.
    “So different from Friday night,” Hillman added, “when we were outshot 15-3 by Denver. The boys came out strong the first period. That’s what we’ve been looking for all season.”
    Missouri extended the lead to 5-0 through two periods.
    Kenton Miller, who was just reassigned by the Chicago Wolves, scored the Mavericks’ second power play goal of the game at the 8:52 mark. Dickson made it 4-0 when he shelved a wrist shot at 14:46 for his 15th goal of the season. The period closed with a goal from Brandon Smith with assists from Dickson and Thinel, the CHL scoring leader with 59 points (18 goals, 41 assists).
    Page 2 of 2 - The Oilers had two power-play opportunities in the third period, but could not get the puck past Corbeil, who just joined the team after spending a week in Chicago.
    “It’s great to be back and contribute to a win,” said Corbeil, who did not appear in a game with the AHL’s Wolves. “A lot of people are asking me about my first pro shutout, but the win is the most important thing. The team had been struggling and had lost a couple of games, and now, we can all enjoy this win.”
    The puck from his first shutout sat on a shelf in his locker.
    “I don’t know what I’ll do with it,” Corbeil said. “I’ll find some place for it.”
    The Mavericks play at Tulsa Friday then return to the Events Center for a 7:05 p.m. game Saturday against the Quad City Mallards. The Mavericks have eight consecutive sellouts this season. Tickets remain for Saturday night’s game.
     
     
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