The Missouri Mavericks again took control of the their best-of-seven Turner Conference championship series.

The Missouri Mavericks again took control of the their best-of-seven Turner Conference championship series.

Sebastien Thinel and Ed McGrane notched two points each with a goal and an assist as the Mavericks downed Fort Wayne 5-2 Saturday night at the Independence Events Center.

The Mavericks hold a 3-2 lead in the series and can claim the Turner Conference title with a win in Game 6 at 6:30 p.m. today in Fort Wayne.

“It’s all down to a best of three series and we won the first game – which was huge,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said after his team won its lone game among the three played at the Events Center last week. “We’re a team on a mission. We want to win Game 6 because we don’t want this series to go to a Game 7 in their building.”

Charlie Effinger made 24 saves on 26 shots by the Komets.

“We won the first two at their place, but none of us thought we’d sweep this series,” McGrane said, alluding to the Mavericks’ 4-0 sweep of Evansville in the Turner Conference semifinals. “The Komets are such a good team, a veteran team.

“We had to win this game (Saturday) to regain the momentum we lost with the first two (losses) at our place.”

The Mavs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead 39 seconds into regulation when John-Scott Dickson scored on an assist from Dale Mahovsky.

The Komets tied it on a goal by Jean-Michel Rizk, who now has five goals in the series.

The Mavs regained the lead with a shorthanded goal, when Thinel and McGrane broke free against Nick Boucher. Thinel flipped the pass over the defender to McGrane, who beat Boucher to give the Mavs the 2-1 lead.

Missouri doubled its lead with less than two minutes left in the third, as Brandon Smith collected a loose puck in the crease and put it in the back of the net. Ryan Jardine and Kris Hogg recorded assists on the goal that put the Mavs ahead 3-1 entering the second period.

The Komets drew closer eight minutes into the second on a power play goal from Frankie DeAngelis, who scored the winning goal in Thursday night’s double-overtime thriller, a 5-4 Fort Wayne win.

The Mavs regained their two-goal lead more than three minutes later on an unassisted goal from Thinel.

Missouri sealed the win on a Kris Hogg goal with five minutes left.

“We’re a third-year franchise and this is their 60th year, so you know how hard they are going to come at us Tuesday night,” Effinger said. “But we’re ready. We know we need to find a way to win the next game because none of us want this series to go to Game 7.”