President’s Day, a day where most people have the day off and just relax. A day where not a lot is going on.Â A day that’s my birthday. A day that the Mavericks play hockey. Wait, what?Â Hockey on Presidents Day? Yes, the Mavericks traveled to Denver to face the Cutthroats in a match that was a nail-biter performance throughout. The play was back-and-forth all game and it was hard not to watch this game. Mavericks Coach, Scott Hillman thought the same thing saying,
“That was a wild west shootout here in Denver. Our special teams were the difference in the game and Colt King is on fire for us right now.”
The first period, like every period, was equally matched from start to finish. The Cutthroats struck first scoring just 2:57 into the game. Mikael Bedard scored the goal and Luke Fulghm was credited with an assist. Less then a minute later, the Cutthroats scored again, this time Ben Wilson found an opening after a great pass from Brad Smyth. With the Cutthroats up 2-0, the Mavericks turned on their turbo-boost and scored at the 4:24 mark. Trevor Kell scored the goal and Colt King assisted. At the 11 minute mark, the Mavericks tied it up with a power play goal scored by Colt King. The goal could not have been possible without the help from Jesse Perrin and Trevor Kell. At the end of the first period the game was tied at two.
Four more goals were scored in the second period, the first being scored by the Mavericks. The goal was scored, just 5:56 into the second period, by John Scott-Dickson and assisted by Dave Pszenyczny. The Cutthroats then tied the game at the 7:45 mark on a Mikael Bedard shot that barely got past Mathieu Corbiel. With just three minutes left in the period, the Cutthroats managed to score again. This goal was scored by Chris Greene and assisted by Jean-Phillip Chabbot. With a minute and a half remaining in the period, Sebastian Thinel managed to backhand the puck into the goal tying the game at four. This goal was assisted by Kellan Tochkin and Blake Forsyth.
The third period was the most intense period of the game until the Mavericks managed to go up by two. Kenton Miller scored the first goal, for the Mavericks, just 5:27 into the period. This goal was assisted by Sebastian Thinel and John Scott-Dickson. Just three minutes later, Colt King scored on the power play managing to put the game up by two with the Mavericks leading. The score was 6-4 when the Cutthoats struck again with 57 seconds remaining. After a great pass from Brad Smyth, Troy Schawb shot a one-timer that went top shelf into goal. This game was intense and it got better. With just 19 seconds remaining, the Cutthroats pulled their goalie and Dave Pszenyczny scored from 200 feet away. The game ended in a 7-5 win for the Mavericks and a great gift for Dave Pszenyczny on his birthday.