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Examiner
  • Mavs look to maintain momentum

  • The Missouri Mavericks boarded a bus for the long trip to Allen, Texas, this morning, fully aware that the top team in the CHL hasn’t won a home game in its last seven tries and has dropped nine of its last 10 contests.

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  • The Missouri Mavericks boarded a bus for the long trip to Allen, Texas, this morning, fully aware that the top team in the CHL hasn’t won a home game in its last seven tries and has dropped nine of its last 10 contests.
    “They’re going to be hungry,” Mavericks defenseman Dave Pszenyczny said of the Allen Americans as trainer Wes Fillingame wrapped two bags of ice on his shoulder and ribs. “We got a big win, probably one of the biggest wins of the season, (Tuesday) at Quad City. We were down, we fought back, tied it and found a way to win it.”
    It was a memorable, but painful, win for the tough-as-nails defenseman as he was hit in the ribs by a puck but didn’t miss a shift.
    “I got tangled up with someone and my pads got raised, just as the puck was coming at me,” Pszenyczny said. “When I got hit, I couldn’t breathe. Wes came out and I’m like gasping, ‘I can’t breathe.’ But after a while I was fine and wanted to get back out on the ice.”
    His teammates share that feeling as they wiped out the brief memory of a two-game losing streak with the dramatic 4-3 come-from-behind win.
    Denver now stands in fourth place in the league with 52 points, followed by Missouri and Arizona at 48, Rapid City 47, Bloomington 46 and ninth-place Quad City with 43.
    “You lose a game and you can lose a spot in the standings,” defenseman Jared Lavender said. “I’m not a standings watcher, but it’s amazing how close it all is – especially between fourth and eighth place. We need to get a win in Allen because we’re on the front end of a stretch where we play a lot of games in just a few days.”
    Following Friday’s game at Allen, the Mavericks play host to Tulsa Saturday, head to Bloomington Sunday and play host to Denver Tuesday.
    “We love to play, so the schedule doesn’t bother us,” Pszenyczny said. “We’re used to it. We didn’t have a very good January because all we played was on Friday and Saturday night each weekend. We’re going to play, what four games in five days? That’s hockey.”
    The Mavericks received some help in goal as Mathieu Corbeil, who had been with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, returned to the team Tuesday night.
    “Barring an injury (in Chicago to one of their goalkeepers), we should have Mathieu for the remainder of the season,” Hillman said. “Clemmer (Mike Clemente, who was in the net in Tuesday night’s win and leads the CHL with 17 wins) has been amazing. We aren’t where we are in the standings without him.
    Page 2 of 2 - “He’s been an iron man. All his teammates respect him and I really respect him now. Now, with the crazy part of the schedule coming up, he’s going to get a little help.”
     
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