The Missouri Mavericks were tied and found themselves down a man late in Saturday’s game.

The Missouri Mavericks were tied and found themselves down a man late in Saturday’s game.

It didn’t matter as the Mavericks scored two short-handed goals late in regulation to beat the Tulsa Oilers 5-3 Saturday night at BOK Center.

“Big night for the special teams,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. “Great focus in the third period to win the game late.

“The defensive core and role players really came up big and Sebastien Thinel continues to lead us.”

CHL scoring leader Sebastien Thinel totaled four points for the second straight game on a pair of goals and a pair of assists to lead the Mavericks. His shorthanded goal with 3:11 left proved to be the game-winning goal, and he assisted on Colt King’s shorthanded empty-net goal with 52 seconds left to seal the victory.

Brandon Smith had two assists and goaltender Mike Clemente saved 38 of 41 shots for his 12th win of the season. Missouri scored multiple shorthanded goals for the first time this season and finished 1-for-3 on the power play.

The Mavericks opened up the back-and-forth battle with the first goal of the game when Thinel buried a backhand shot at the 8:35 mark of the first period.

It was all Tulsa for the remainder of the opening period. Gary Steffes scored on the power play and Ben Gordon gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead entering the second period.

Missouri tied the game in the second period when Kenton Miller notched his 11th goal of the season on an assist from Evan Vossen. It was the only goal of the second period and the teams headed to the third period tied 2-2.

Dave Pszenyczny scored on the power play, on assists from Smith and Thinel, to give the Mavericks a 3-2 lead early into the final frame, but the Oilers answered with a power play goal of their own.

Sean Erickson tied the game for Tulsa at the 8:28 mark, but it would be the last time the Oilers would get a puck past Clemente.

A double high-sticking minor give to Podge Turnbull at the 16:02 mark forced the Mavericks to play shorthanded the rest of the game, but Missouri forced an odd-man rush. Thinel and Smith came into the Oilers’ zone on a two-on-one and Thinel snapped home a shot for the game-winner.

King added his empty-net goal after the Oilers pulled goalie Shane Madolora for an extra attacker in the final minute.

The win kept the Mavericks in fourth place at 15-11-4 with 34 points entering Monday’s home game against Tulsa.

Because of an early deadline because of the holiday, see or Wednesday’s Examiner for a story on Monday’s game.