• Mavericks rally to clip skid

  • John-Scott Dickson picked the perfect time to turn in one of his best games of the season.

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  • John-Scott Dickson picked the perfect time to turn in one of his best games of the season.
    The Missouri forward scored a shorthanded goal, a power-play goal and added an assist to help the Mavericks end a two-game losing skid and claim a 4-3 victory over the Quad City Mallards Tuesday night at i-wireless Center.
    Mavericks forward Trevor Kell had three assists and Kellan Tochkin added a goal and an assist as the Mavericks picked up two valuable points.
    “A big win, two huge points and a nice bus ride back to Independence,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said by phone. “We needed this one. The special teams did a great job and Clemmer (Mike Clemente) was big in the net.
    “He's going to be getting some help as (Mathieu) Corbeil (who was on assignment to the AHL) should be landing in Kansas City about right now. We don't know how long we'll have him, but we're going to need two quality goalies with the way the schedule looks the next two months.”
    On Friday, the 22-16-4 Mavericks head to Allen, Texas, to start a six-games-in-nine-days stretch against the first-place Americans.
    “The schedule doesn't really bother anyone on the team,” Clemente said earlier in the week. “We like to play a lot of games in a short period of time. All you think about is hockey, and that's what we love. We can't wait for the challenge.”
    Mickey Lang gave the Mallards a 1-0 lead in the first period when he wristed a shot from the slot past Clemente.
    Missouri scored the next two goals in the second period. First, Dickson scored a short-handed breakaway goal at 8:27 after a pass from Kell.
    The Mavericks took a 2-1 lead as their power play ended when Andrew Courtney tallied his 11th goal of the season on a one-timer shot from the slot. Courtney took a feed from Ryan Jardine and powered the puck through the padding of Mallards goaltender Neil Conway.
    Quad City tied the game at the 14:38 mark of the second period when Bob Preece blasted a shot from the left point through traffic that found the back of the net.
    Mike Stinziani gave the Mallards a 3-2 lead less than one minute into the final period. He skated around the Mavericks defense along the left wing and snuck the puck under the padding of Clemente.
    Missouri bounced back and tied the game at the 4:45 mark. Dickson skated behind the Mallards net and fed Tochkin who buried his eighth goal of the season.
    With just under four minutes remaining, Dickson scored the game-winner on a power-play goal on assists from Kell and Tochkin.
    Missouri killed a penalty in the final two minutes of regulation, including extended time with the Mallards enjoying a 6-on-4 advantage.
    Page 2 of 2 - “This was a total team effort,” Clemente added. “We got down twice, and came back and found a way to win. You look how crazy the standings are right now, and it's going to be like that the rest of the season.”
    At press time, the Mavericks stood alone in fifth place with 48 points – one ahead of Rapid City and two ahead of Bloomington and Arizona.

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