Mavericks Win, Mavericks Win, Mavericks Win. That was what was being stated following a 4-1 victory by the 7-0-0, Missouri Mavericks who took on a struggling Wichita Thunder hockey team. The Mavericks outmatched and outplayed the Mavericks finding the will to win. This is the first time in Mavericks history that they have played this well and, obviously, they are playing incredibly well together.
“It was a pretty solid sixty minutes”, said Mavericks Head Coach, Scott Hillman. “I don’t think it was as flashy as it has been. But we don’t need it too be. You want to simplify and work hard. I thought the guys played well tonight and we want to continue to try to jump on them [Thunder] and bring the pressure to them.”
Both teams struggled finding the net in the first period even with the combined 21 shots on goal. Both goalies were playing shutdown defense but the shutdown defense wouldn’t continue past the first period.
The Mavericks started their attack in the second period. Colton Hayes put a top-shelf goal in the net at the 8:10 mark after rebounding a wrist shot by Evan Vossen. Almost four minutes after the initial Mavericks goal, the Wichita Thunder, quickly countered when Jared Walker punched a rebounded slap-shot from Jon Booras into the net tying the game at one. Tensions were rising from that tying goal and with 5:24 left in the second period, Matt Stephenson and Jared Walker duked it out each throwing about three punches a piece until Stephenson was brought down by Walker. Less than a minute after the fight, Andres Franzon sent a slap-shot from the blue line which was tipped into the net by Colt King for a goal. Colt King sent a wrist-shot into the goal with just 49 seconds left after a great set-up shot from John Scott-Dickson.
“It was a good game”, said starting Mavericks goalkeeper, Shane Owens. “I thought the team played well the whole 60 minutes and it made my job easier back in the net. And we are just ready to keep it going.”
Leading 3-1 going into the third, the Mavericks managed to keep Wichita contained and under control. The Mavs were ready to attack putting up two shots-on-goal before Andrew Courtney deflected a Sebastien Thinel wrist shot into the goal. With just 4:52 left in the third period, Colton Hayes and Jason Wilson began to fight each other but nothing unfolded and they were only docked for roughing.