The final home game of the 2011-12 CHL season proved to be a memorable encounter between the host Missouri Mavericks and Tulsa – a team that was battling for its playoff life.

The final home game of the 2011-12 CHL season proved to be a memorable encounter between the host Missouri Mavericks and Tulsa – a team that was battling for its playoff life.

Sebastien Thinel broke the Mavericks’ single-season points record and the teams combined for 45 penalty minutes in a hard-fought 5-4 Mavericks’ victory Saturday night that saw Tulsa coach Bruce Ramsay and defenseman Sean Erickson kicked out and goalie Ian Kesserich vent his frustration on the officials, who refused to send him off the ice despite his protesting.

“That one was wild, really wild,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. “I’ve been in this game a long time as a player and a coach and I don’t remember many games wilder than that one.

“It’s like I told the boys after the game, that’s how a team reacts when its back is against the wall and it is fighting for its life. That’s all we’re going to see in the playoffs.”

The Mavericks followed Saturday night’s home win with a 6-5 overtime win at Tulsa to finish the regular season with 84 points.

Evansville also totaled 84 points, but had one more regular-season win than the Mavericks to finish in second place. The Mavericks finished in third place and will host the IceMen at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at the Independence Events Center in the first game of the playoffs.

Saturday night, Tulsa scored nine minutes into regulation to take a quick 1-0 lead. Missouri’s Patrick Schafer then scored to knot the score at 1-all, but the Oilers took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

The first five minutes of the second period were filled with controversy, as Andrew Courtney was head-checked by Erickson. Brad Good retaliated and dropped the gloves with Erickson. Good received a five-minute major for fighting, two minutes for instigating and a 10-minute misconduct penalty, but Erickson drew the brunt of punishment, receiving a game misconduct for attempt to injure. The Oilers coach was then ejected from the game for the abuse of an official. He kept slamming the door to the bench as he tried to get his point across to the officiating crew.

“I understand those emotions,” Hillman said. “They were playing for their life, and sometimes, things like that happen.”

The Oilers seemed to respond to their coach’s outburst and took a 3-1 lead, but Schafer’s second goal of the game made it 3-2 and Courtney tied it up at 3-all.

“After what happened to me early in the game, I’d say that was a satisfying goal,” said Courtney, who suffered a broken nose from Erickson.

“But this is all about winning, it’s not about the personal stuff.”

The Mavericks jumped on the Oilers in the second period, getting goals from John-Scott Dickson and Brandon Smith in the first three minutes of the period.

Tulsa responded shortly after, getting a goal from David Solway, bringing the score to 5-4.

With 1:39 to play, Tulsa pulled Kesserich, but Mavericks goaltender Charlie Effinger stood tall in the net, stopping many point-blank shots to seal the win.

Thinel collected two assists in the victory, bringing his season total for points to 80, breaking Jeff Christian’s franchise record for points in a season set during the Mavs’ 2009-10 inaugural season.

REGULAR-SEASON FINALE: Ryan Jardine admits that he “feels like a little kid in a candy store,” after returning to the Mavericks for the final three games of the regular-season.

The veteran forward, who had been sidelined since Jan. 8 with an upper body injury, scored two goals – including the game-winner 32 seconds into overtime, to lead the Mavericks to a 6-5 victory Sunday at Tulsa in the season finale.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with the winning goal,” Jardine said, “it just feels so good to be back on the ice. I feel like a little kid in a candy store, and I can’t wait for the playoffs.”

The Mavericks finished the season with a 39-21-6 record and 84 points, and the team will head to the playoffs for the third time in as many seasons. The Mavericks also set franchise records for wins (39) and win percentage (.636).

“A good way to finish the year,” Hillman said.  “A solid team effort and the special teams contributed to the big win.”

The Mavericks ended the season with a four-game winning streak.