• Call-up puts focus back on Clemente

  • Missouri Mavericks goalie Mike Clemente might be starting another iron-man streak Friday night at Tulsa, as fellow goaltender Mathieu Corbeil was again recalled to the team’s AHL affiliate in Chicago.

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  • Missouri Mavericks goalie Mike Clemente might be starting another iron-man streak Friday night at Tulsa, as fellow goaltender Mathieu Corbeil was again recalled to the team’s AHL affiliate in Chicago.
    “I’m ready to go,” Clemente said following Tuesday’s practice at the Independence Events Center. “The last couple of games I didn’t play that well, so I’m excited about getting back on the ice Friday.”
    Clemente, who started 18 consecutive games while Corbeil recovered from an injury and spent time in Chicago, leads the CHL with 16 wins, but his record fell to 16-7-3 following losses in his last two starts – 5-2 at Rapid City and 4-1 at home against Tulsa.
    “I’ve got some things to work on this week at practice,” Clemente said. “If I start another streak, great. If Mathieu comes back and gets to play, that’s great too. He’s a good friend and I’m happy he’s getting this opportunity.”
    Corbeil has been a stalwart in his last two appearances, stopping 48 of 49 shots in a 3-1 win at Rapid City and stopping all 24 shots in a 5-0 win over Tulsa last Saturday. Corbeil may be in Chicago for a while because Chicago starting goalie Eddie Lack undwerwent hip surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss six months.
    “I feel more and more comfortable each time I go out,” said Corbeil, who left for Chicago this morning. “It has helped me working with the Wolves. The practices, the games, are so much different, so much faster. When I come back, I feel like I am a step ahead.
    “I know that one day I will be playing in the AHL. I am that confident. I am enjoying my time here, but everything I do is to prepare me for the next level.”
    That attitude appeals to coach Scott Hillman and Corbeil’s teammates.
    “We want our boys to advance to the next level and we’re fortunate to have someone like Corbeil, because he is a special goaltender,” Hillman said. “He hits the road again Wednesday and Clemmer is going to be back in the pipes.
    “Where would we be this season without Clemmer? We have two outstanding goaltenders, and we’re going to need them as the schedule is going to start getting crazy. Mathieu is going to be gone for a while, so Clemmer will be in the net this weekend and likely next Tuesday.”
    While the Mavericks enjoyed a slow December in which they played just two games each weekend, the crazy part of the schedule is about to begin.
    “It’s like Coach wrote up on the board,” Clemente said, referring to a bold “27 IN 52 DAYS” notation at the top of the dry-erase board in the Mavericks’ locker room. “We used this month to get ready for what’s about to happen. But I like it when it’s crazy. All you’re thinking about is hockey.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Defenseman Dave Pszenyczny said it doesn’t matter who’s in the net for the Mavericks as the team has faith in both rookie goaltenders.
    “Mathieu has looked like a new goalie since he’s come back from Chicago,” Pszenyczny said. “His instincts, everything, are just so much quicker. And we all know what Mike has meant to the team. It’s like Charlie (Effinger, who started 29 straight games) last year. You just play harder when you know your goalie is giving you everything he has.
    “We got it from Charlie last year and from Mike and Mathieu this year.”
    The Mavericks enter this weekend with a 21-14-4 record. They are in a three-way tie for fourth place with 46 points. Just four points separate fourth and eighth place in the league standings. The top eight teams in the CHL advance to the postseason.
    “Every game is so important,” Clemente added, “because we want the home advantage in the playoffs.”
    MILLER CALLED UP: In addition to Corbeil being called up, forward Kenton Miller was also recalled by the AHL's Chicago Wolves.
    Missouri also announced forward Jed Ortmeyer and defenseman J.P. Testwuide have both been placed on team suspension. Ortmeyer and Testwuide, who played with the Mavericks this past weekend, were placed on suspension because they are pursuing other options.
    "It was great to have those players here this past weekend," Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. "We've been playing with a short roster much of the season and we'll have to see where we can find some more players to fill their spots on the roster."
    Corbeil and Miller both returned from the Wolves for one game and played in the Mavericks' 5-0 win over Tulsa Saturday. Corbeil stopped all 24 shots he faced and earned his first professional shutout and Miller scored a power-play goal. Miller has 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 28 games with the Mavericks. Corbeil is 5-6-0 with a 2.37 goals against average with Missouri.

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