Friday night was the first home game for the Mavericks in two weeks. The game was a definite sellout bringing 5,800 fans to the IEC. Unfortunately, the Mavericks lost 4-1 to the Denver Cutthroats. The Mavericks only put up three shots to the Cutthroats 15. This poor first period hurt the Mavericks the most.
They allowed two goals on 15 shots while only taking three shots themselves. The first Cutthroats goal came 11:10 into the game and was scored by Ben Wilson after he rebounded a Troy Schawb slap shot. The next Cutthroats goal came with just 1:45 left in the first period when Luke Fulghum found an open net after a great pass from Troy Schawb.
Down 2-0 going into the second period, the Mavericks were hoping for a spark of energy to get back into the game. Even though the Mavericks scored once, they allowed the Cutthroats to score as well. Before any goal, Riley Emmerson and Todd Orlando dropped the gloves and fought. After about three minutes of fighting, Emmerson and Orlando were broken up and the fight went undecided. After the fight, with 9:58 remaining in the period, Ryan Jardine broke away and scored the only Mavericks goal of the game. The final goal of the period came with 2:24 left. The goal was scored by Troy Schawb who made some great moves and put the puck in Michael Clemente’s five hole. At the end of the period, the Mavericks were trailing 3-1.
The game was not over yet with the third period left to play, but the Mavericks never found the net. The Cutthroats did find the net one more time with just four seconds remaining. This allowed the Cutthroats to clinch a win. With the loss, the Mavericks moved from fourth place, in the CHL standings, to sixth place.