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Examiner
  • Allen pulls away from Mavericks late

  • The struggling Allen Americans, who sit atop the CHL standings but had seven consecutive non-win games at home, rebounded in a big way Friday night to down the Missouri Mavericks 5-1 at the Allen Event Center.

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  • The struggling Allen Americans, who sit atop the CHL standings but had seven consecutive non-win games at home, rebounded in a big way Friday night to down the Missouri Mavericks 5-1 at the Allen Event Center.
    Kale Kerbashian had a pair of goals including the game winner as the Americans scored three third-period goals to break up a defensive gem between Allen goaltender Aaron Dell, who scored 28 of 29 shots, and Mathieu Corbeil, who stopped 31 of 35 attempts.
    “This is one we have to put behind us,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said by phone after the game. “It makes tomorrow night’s game against Tulsa even more important. And the third game of the weekend Sunday at Bloomington has added importance, too.”
    The Mavericks play host to Tulsa at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Independence Events Center. Limited tickets remain for the game as the Mavericks have enjoyed nine consecutive sellouts.
    “It was a tough night all over the ice,” Hillman added. “We were beat by a good team, and they looked like a first-place team. The challenge is to play a great game tomorrow night on home ice.”
    Allen jumped out to an early lead when Jamie Schaafsma redirected a pass from Anthony Maiani to beat Corbeil. The goal came at the 4:26 mark of the opening period and Americans’ defenseman Mike Montgomery earned the second assist on the play. The Americans took a 2-0 lead at the 8:59 mark when Kerbashian blasted a slap shot from just inside the blueline and it beat Corbeil to the stick side.
    Missouri bounced back and made it a one-goal game on Sebastien Thinel’s 20th goal of the season. He took a centering pass from Andrew Courtney and beat Dell with 5:02 remaining in the opening frame.
    Neither team was able to score in the second period, and the Americans held a 2-1 lead on the scoreboard and a 25-19 lead in shots.
    Both teams had their chances throughout the first 10 minutes of the final period, but the Americans finally broke the game open with 7:02 remaining. Jason Deitsch scored on a wrist shot from the left circle to make it 3-1. Less than three minutes later, Adam Pineault scored a shorthanded breakaway goal to make it 4-1. Finally, Kerbashian added his second goal of the night into the empty net with just under two minutes remaining.
    PERRIN SUSPENDED: Mavericks defenseman Jesse Perrin did not play in the game because of a one-game suspension handed down by the CHL.
    Allen missed the game as a result of receiving a match penalty in Tuesday’s game at Quad City. Perrin was given a major penalty for an “illegal check to the head” infraction that is accompanied by the match penalty. The CHL said Perrin’s “lack of previous discipline along with the perceived lack of intent to injure was taken into account” in the decision.
    Page 2 of 2 - Perrin is expected to be back in uniform for the Mavericks tonight at home against Tulsa.
     
     
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