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Examiner
  • Rested Mavs getting healthy

  • A few members of the Missouri Mavericks lounged around the locker room, watching the hockey movie “The Mighty Ducks” following a light-hearted practice session conducted by assistant director of hockey operations Simon Watson.

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  • A few members of the Missouri Mavericks lounged around the locker room, watching the hockey movie “The Mighty Ducks” following a light-hearted practice session conducted by assistant director of hockey operations Simon Watson.
    “We only had 12 skaters on the ice, so Watty got to take care of practice today,” coach Scott Hillman said. “They played a little three-on-three, had some fun and got a bit more rested and – we hope – healthy, as we prepare for this weekend.”
    The Mavericks were 1-1 this past weekend in Rapid City, S.D., and get ready for two home games this weekend as they play host to Denver on Friday and Tulsa on Saturday. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m.
    “We just got back from a long road trip, so we just let the boys go out and have some fun today,” Watson said. “Scott will start working with system stuff and game stuff later in the week.”
    The Mavericks are in fourth place in the CHL and are currently enjoying a January that features six home games and just the two road games in Rapid City.
    “After last month,” Hillman said, referring to a busy December that saw the Mavericks play 14 games, “it’s nice to have a month like this, where we can get healthy. We’re still missing quite a few players and all the boys are beat up.”
    Blake Forsyth, who recently came off the 30-day injured reserve list with a lower body injury, is day to day and could play this weekend.
    “We’d like to get Blake back out on the ice,” Hillman said. “We have a couple of other questions, so we’ll have to see where we stand this weekend.”
    Hillman does not anticipate signing an emergency goaltender as Mathieu Corbeil was called up to the AHL’s Chicago Wolves following his 3-1 victory over Rapid City last Friday.
    “We’re pretty sure Corbeil will be back this weekend,” Hillman said, “so there’s no news to report on a new goalie. If he’s not back, we’ll have someone come in.”
    The Mavericks are right in the middle of the pack of the 10-team CHL, and Hillman wants his team to maintain it’s intensity, despite its light schedule this month.
    “We’re not where we want to be,” Hillman said, “that’s for sure. We want to be in first place, and we’re working hard to get there. The two games this weekend are huge because we need to get four points any time we have a two-game home weekend. Last month, and February and March, are a lot like December.
    “We play a lot of games in a very short period of time, so we’re using this month to maintain our health and prepare us for the biggest games of the season.”
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