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Examiner
  • Mavs return to full strength as grind starts

  • The Missouri Mavericks begin a four-games-in-five-days streak with two goalies as Mathieu Corbeil has been reassigned to the CHL team from its AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. With the return of Corbeil, emergency goaltender Robert Andrews has been waived.

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  • The Missouri Mavericks begin a four-games-in-five-days streak with two goalies as Mathieu Corbeil has been reassigned to the CHL team from its AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. With the return of Corbeil, emergency goaltender Robert Andrews has been waived.
    "We'll be at full strength at goalkeeper," Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said before his team boarded a bus Thursday morning for the long trip to Allen, Texas, where the Mavericks will take on the Americans at 7:05 p.m. tonight. "Corbeil has come back from his stints in Chicago with a lot of confidence and is playing some great goal right now. And what can you say about Clemmer (Mike Clemente)? He has been there for us all season when Corbeil was injured and when he was in Chicago.
    "He's been a rock and he leads the league in wins (with 17)."
    Corbeil has appeared in 11 games with the Mavericks and has a 5-6-0 mark. He ranks third in the CHL with a 2.37 goals-against average and his save percentage of .925 is first in the league.
    In his last two starts he allowed just one goal. Corbeil had 48 saves in a win against Rapid City and he blanked Tulsa in his last start.
    "Whether I am with the Mavericks or in Chicago, I am going to give the team my best effort," Corbeil said. "I've had a great experience in Chicago, and now I want to help the Mavericks win some games."
    The 22-16-4 Mavericks are tied with Arizona for fifth place (48) in the CHL. Allen is 25-9-8 and stands atop the league rankings, but has not won in its last seven games at home and nine of its last 10 games overall. The Americans have lost the last six times a game has gone into overtime or a shootout, including four times in their current eight-game home stanf that ends against the Mavericks.
    "Allen is going to be fired up to play us or anyone with that kind of streak going on," Mavericks defenseman Dave Pszenyczny said. "Everyone keeps talking about all the games we have in February and March, but that's the way we like it.
    "When you play a lot of games, you get into a groove, you feel more comfortable."
    Hillman jokingly added: "They'd rather play than practice. They're hockey players! Put 'em out on the ice and let them go."
    The Mavericks play 25 games over the next 48 days. They are home Saturday against the Tulsa Oilers, on the road Sunday at the Bloomington Blaze and return home Tuesday to play host to the Denver Cutthroats.
    "At this point of the season you don't care where you play or when you play," Mavericks captain Sebastien Thinel said. "Every game is big and you have to do everything possible to bring home two points. And that's what we want to do Friday in Allen."
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