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Examiner
  • Mavs miss chance to finish Komets

  • This one hurt – it really hurt – as the Missouri Mavericks failed to claim Game 6 in the best-of-seven Turner Conference championship series, falling to Fort Wayne 4-1 Tuesday night on the Komets’ home ice.

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  • Ouch!
    This one hurt – it really hurt – as the Missouri Mavericks failed to claim Game 6 in the best-of-seven Turner Conference championship series, falling to Fort Wayne 4-1 Tuesday night on the Komets’ home ice.
    The series is now even at three wins apiece and will be decided at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the teams lock up in a game that will decide the fate of both squads.
    “You lose, you go home,” Mavericks defenseman Dave Pszenyczny said by phone after the loss Tuesday night. “If that’s not enough motivation, I don’t know what is. You win, you play for a championship; you lose, you start your summer job.
    “I know the guys are going to be motivated. We’ll play much better Thursday night.”
    The Mavericks ran into a sizzling goaltender Tuesday night as Nick Boucher made 31 stops on 32 shots. The Mavericks didn’t score until Ed McGrane found the back of the net at 13:51 of the third period.
    “It all starts with Charlie (Effinger) in the net,” Pszenyczny added, “and then you have the veterans like Ed and Sebbie (Sebastien Thinel) with me and (David) Simoes on the back end. Everyone is going do everything possible to win Game 7. None of us want this season to end.”
    The Mavericks were dominated by the Komets in Game 6, as Jamie Milam put Fort Wayne on the scoreboard at 12:28 of the first period.
    It was the first time in the series the Komets have scored first.
    Fort Wayne added two goals in the second period as Mike Vaskivuo and Colin Chaulk scored off rebounds at 2:03 and 6:08, respectively.
    Bobby Chanmont scored a big goal at 7:27 of the third period, padding the Komets lead to 4-0.
    McGrane, off an assist from Kris Hogg, kept Boucher from recording the shutout.
    “They were so aggressive – just like we knew they would be – the first 25 minutes of the game,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. “It’s all coming down to one game, a game that will test our grit and determination.”
    The Mavericks had won their final four regular-season games to secure a playoff berth, then won the first four postseason games against Evansville.
    This is the first time Hillman’s team had had its back to the wall, knowing that another loss means the end of a memorable season.
    “This was like a heavyweight fight, and they landed the big right tonight,” Hillman added. “We have to respond with a big right of our own Thursday night. We’ve won so many big games this season, now it’s time to go out and win the biggest one of the playoffs.”

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