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Examiner
  • Mavs squander big lead, fall to Tulsa

  • Missouri’s Scott Hillman was not a happy coach following his Mavericks’ 6-4 loss Friday night at last-place Tulsa.

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  • Missouri’s Scott Hillman was not a happy coach following his Mavericks’ 6-4 loss Friday night at last-place Tulsa.
    “Selfish and/or dumb penalties played a big roll in this loss,” Hillman said by phone after the Oilers scored four power-play goals to overcome a 3-0 first-period deficit.
    “By far and away the worst game this team has played in two months. We played a brilliant first period, then, I don’t know what happened. It’s embarrassing.”
    Taylor Vichorek, who just signed with the Mavericks, gave his new team a 1-0 lead just 1:08 into the first period.
    Team captain Sebastien Thinel then scored the 300th goal of his lengthy CHL career to make it 2-0 and Kellan Tochkin added another goal to give the Mavericks a 3-0 lead.
    “All season we have been preaching the importance of coming out strong in the first period, and tonight we did that,” Hillman said. “The mental mistakes we made after that were simply unacceptable.”
    The Oilers’ Ben Gordon, who finished with six points, then scored a goal to cut the deficit to 3-1.
    That was the beginning of the end for the Mavericks as the Oilers’ Drew Fisher scored a goal and Ryan Menei added two more to make it a 4-3 game going into the final 20 minutes.
    Jeff Buvinow scored a quick power play goal for the Oilers and Sean Erickson added the fourth power-play goal of the evening.
    Andrew Courtney scored on an unassisted goal with just more than a minute left in the period, but it was too little, too late.
    The Mavericks return home to the Independence Events Center to take on Quad City at 7:05 p.m. tonight.
    “We need to get back on the ice quickly,” Hillman said. “This game shows what happens when you get away from the basics.”
    The 21-15-4 Mavericks are tied with Bloomington for fifth place in the CHL standings. They are just one game ahead of sixth-place Rapid City and two games out of eighth place. The top eight teams in the league advance to postseason play.
     
     
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