There was nothing killer about these bees as the Missouri Mavericks fought back from four one-point deficits to crush the Rio Grande Killer Bees 10-5 Friday night at State Farm Arena.

There was nothing killer about these bees as the Missouri Mavericks fought back from four one-point deficits to crush the Rio Grande Killer Bees 10-5 Friday night at State Farm Arena.

Forward Brandon Coccimiglio had the Mavericks’ third hat-trick of the season, and Mike Berry and Todd Griffith each had two goals in the win.

Missouri’s 10 goals marked the second most goals in a game in team history and the most goals ever scored in a road game.

The Mavericks are 37-22-6 and will travel to Laredo for their final game of the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night at Laredo Entertainment Center.

When asked if he was going to have his team take a 22-hour bus trip before each playoff game, after watching the Mavericks put up 10 points on the night, Hillman just laughed.

“If the end result was 10 goals a game, we might think about it,” he said, after the two-point night put the Mavericks in a three-way tie (80 points) with Bloomington and Rapid City for second place in the Turner Conference.

Colorado is in first place with 84 points.

“I’m proud of the guys from coming back from deficits four times,” Hillman said.  “They showed a lot of resilience, and we are building confidence as we head into the playoffs.

“We got off to a rough start, but once Gerry (Festa), and the guys figured things out. We played well.”

The high-scoring affair started just 1:49 into the first period on a goal by Killer Bees forward Aaron Lee.

But the Mavericks answered on Coccimiglio’s first goal of the game. Rio Grande Valley took one-goal leads up until its fourth goal, but the Mavericks answered every time. After one period, the teams were tied 3-3 and Coccimiglio had two of his three goals.

Lee again started the scoring in the second period on a power-play goal to give the Bees a 4-3 lead, but it was the final lead of the game for the host team.

The Mavericks scored four straight goals in the second period to take a 7-4 lead. At one point, Missouri had seven goals on 14 shots with Griffith, Cole Ruwe, Simon Watson and Nathan O’Nabigon finding the back of the net in the second period of action.

It was all Mavericks in the third period as Berry scored back-to-back goals giving Missouri a 9-5 lead. Finally, at the 14:01 mark of the third, Coccimiglio completed his hat trick on the Mavericks’ only power-play goal of the game.

“This was a great game heading into the playoffs,” said Watson, who returned to action after being given a leave by the league after he lost three teeth and had to undergo major dental surgery following a hit to the mouth last Friday in a 5-2 win over Wichita at the Independence Events Center.

“And if Hilly wants us to take another 22-hour bus ride going into the playoffs we’ll do it – especially if it means we have a big offensive night like tonight.”

The Mavericks outshot the Killer Bees 31-29 in the game and scored on nearly one-third of their shots.