By Nick Hartman:
(KANSAS CITY, MO): After a tough loss just one night earlier, the Mavericks were looking for some revenge on the Rapid City Rush but most importantly looking for a win. The Rush found that, goalie, Tim Boron was stopping everything the Mavericks shot at him on Friday so they decided to put him back in the net. Boron was once again unbeatable and only allowed one Mavericks goal. The Mavericks lost this game 3-1 to the Rush falling to 0-2-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
“The boys did everything except solve their goalie,” said Mavericks’ Head Coach Scott Hillman. “We will stay the course. We will dig deep and we will push this series very deep.”
The Mavericks started the first period playing very well and continued to play well until the last minute. With just forty seconds left in a scoreless first period, the Rush capitalized on a Maverick mistake and Jared Brown went top-shelf scoring a goal. The Rush were leading 1-0 going into the second but that lead didn’t last long. With 7:13 remaining in the second period, Dave Pszenyczny fired a shot at Tim Boron and it bounced off Boron’s pad. Colt King shot the rebound into the net for a goal. The goal tied the game at one and it remained tied for 18 minutes. At the 11th minute of the third period, Taggart Desmet scored, breaking the one-one tie. This goal was assisted by, former Maverick, Jamie Vanderveeken and Jordan Behler. The Rush led by only one but with just 4:30 minutes remaining, Jesse Schultz scored securing the game for the Rush.
The Mavericks lost this game mainly because of the unbeatable goal tending from Tim Boron who has only allowed one goal on a combined 68 shots the last two games. Mike Clemente has played well in the net for the Mavericks, both the defense and offense have played well so far but the special teams unit is the game breaker. On Saturday, the Mavericks allowed one short-handed goal and one power-play goal. In order for the Mavericks to win, they need to get the special teams unit working and they need to find a way to break Tim Boron.
The Rush won these games because they are shutting down Sebastian Thinel. Thinel hasn’t been able to break into an area were he can pass, shoot, and score. The Rush have been playing smart against Thinel and if this continues the Rush could win the series. The Mavericks need to find a way to fit Thinel into spaces were he can break through, pass, shoot, or score.