By Nick Hartman:
After a tough loss Friday, the Mavericks traveled to Texas to face the first-place Allen Americans. Playing the first place team in the CHL proved to be another tough one for the Mavericks, ultimately losing 3-2. The Mavericks played well against the best team in the CHL but failed to win because of a mishap in the third period. Scott Hillman’s had some interesting thoughts on the game saying,
“A tough battle, Allen spent over 17 minutes on the power play and they still had very few chances until they scored the winner. We played a very good defensive game and had three breakaway chances so the outcome certainly could have been different. We have to go right back to work and find a way to get two points in Wichita tomorrow.”
The first period went scoreless, not showing much action. But in the second period, the whole game was turned around. Allen scored first at the 7:03 mark in the second period. The goal was scored by Jamie Schaafsma and assisted by Darryl Bootland and Jason Deitsch. The Mavericks quickly retaliated scoring just a minute later on a Evan Vossen wrist-shot that sailed into the goal. The goal was assisted by Ryan Jardine. At the 10 minute mark, Jamie Schaafsma was awarded a penalty shot but was blocked by an outstanding, Mike Clemente.
With 9:30 left in the game, Colt King scored obtaining the lead for the Mavericks after receiving a rebound from a Evan Vossen shot. With just 2:20 left in the second, Allen tied up the game on a Trevor Hendrikx back hand that just got past Mike Clemente. Hendrikx goal was assisted by Jason Deitsch and Darryl Bootland. With the score tied at two all, the third period was the ‘game-winning’ period. No one scored until the 9th minute, when Jarret Lukin found the net after being on the receiving end of a Jason Deitsch pass. The Mavericks failed to score after that goal and lost 3-2.