• Mavs fall in controversial finish

  • The Missouri Mavericks pulled off one inspirational 5-on-3 penalty kill performance in overtime Wednesday night at the Independence Events Center.

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  • The Missouri Mavericks pulled off one inspirational 5-on-3 penalty kill performance in overtime Wednesday night at the Independence Events Center.
    But when faced with the same scenario a few moments later, they simply couldn't keep the puck out of the net as the Allen Americans claimed a controversial 3-2 victory to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Central Hockey League semifinal series.
    Trevor Hendrikx scored the game winner at 18:01 to give fans and players plenty to think about before Game 4 at 7:05 p.m. Friday at the Events Center.
    At the 3:01 mark in overtime, back-to-back boarding calls against the Mavs gave the top-seeded Americans a 5-on-3 advantage that saw the Mavericks rise to the occasion time and time again.
    “We killed the first one, but we just couldn't kill the second,” a disappointed Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said after spending a few moments behind closed doors with his players. “Two 5-on-3's in overtime? I've never seen it, and I doubt if we ever see it again.”
    Andrew Courtney was in the penalty box for boarding when Mavericks captain Sebastian Thinel was called for a 5-minute major and a 10-minute match penalty for intent to injure with 3:53 left in overtime.
    “Thinel was called for a match penalty and intent to injure when his face was shoved into the ice in front of the net,” Hillman said disgustedly. “I guess that's not intent to injure.”
    Mavericks goalie Mike Clemente seemed to be screened when Hendrikx took a pass from Todd Robinson to score the game-winner with 1:59 left.
    The Mavericks fans booed loudly and many water bottles were tossed on the ice as players from both teams had to be separated as they exited for the locker room.
    “Allen is a great team,” Hillman said. “There is a reason they are the top seed – but they dive all night long. But why not? It worked for them tonight.”
    The Americans took a 1-0 lead into a dramatic third period that saw Mavericks rookie Eric Meland tie the game at the 5:25 mark on a power play goal that sent the crowd of 3,919 into a frenzy.
    Colt King then ignited a cheer as he left the penalty box and fed John-Scott Dickson for the go-ahead goal at 9:27.
    “When we went ahead we felt like we had a great chance to win the game,” Dickson said. “But this is the playoffs, and all kinds of things happen in the playoffs.
    “We had our (scoring) opportunities the first two periods and didn't capitalize on them. Then, we take the lead and they come back to tie the game with about 2 minutes left (in regulation). We can't let that happen.”
    Trevor Ludwig slipped the puck past Clemente at 17:40 to send the game into an overtime period that turned into a nightmare for the Mavericks.
    Page 2 of 2 - Thinel's penalty will be reviewed by the league and the 2012-13 CHL MVP could face a possible suspension.
    “We have no recourse at this time,” Hillman said. “We just have to wait and see what happens.”
    He said the team will have a meeting Thursday morning and a light practice Friday before Game 4 at 7:05 p.m. Friday.
    “They're fired up,” Hillman said when asked about the emotions in the locker room. “We'll see how they react after a day off. We expect this to be a long series and Friday's night game is the biggest one of the season.
    “At this point of the year, the next game is always the biggest – but after what happened tonight, we have to find a way to win Friday.”
    Clemente stopped 31 of 34 shots, while Aaron Dell stopped 38 of 40 for the Americans.
    Jason Deitsch scored at 9:39 in the second period to give Allen the 1-0 lead before Meland tied it.

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