By: Nick Hartman
(INDEPENDENCE, MO): The Mavericks were looking for a strong win to tie the series on Friday. They were ready to strike and return from a tough loss against the Allen Americans on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Mavericks failed to find a win and lost 8-4 causing them to be down 3-1 in the series against the Americans.
“Way too many mistakes tonight,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said after the Americans scored on three of six power play attempts – including two goals on five-on-three opportunities. “And it wasn’t the same guy. It was a different player each time, so we couldn’t sit someone out.”
The first goal of the game came just 29 seconds into the first period. It was scored by Jamie Schaasfma when he sent a slap-shot through the five-hole of goaltender Mathieu Corbiel. Tyler and Trevor Ludwig assisted the goal. At the 5:30 mark, the Mavericks tied the game back up when Ryan Jardine set-up Colt King with a beautiful pass that King poked into the goal.
With the first period ending in a 1-1 tie, one team had to make a break in the second period. At first sight it looked as if the Mavericks had that break, scoring twice. The first goal was scored just 18 seconds in when Kellen Tochkin rebounded a Sebastien Thinel shot. A minute later, the Mavericks notched another goal when John Scott-Dickson poked in a great set-up from Kyle Hood. Fifteen seconds after the two Maverick goals, the Americans began their scoring spree when Kale Kerbashian shot in a goal. This goal was assisted by Todd Robinson and Mike Montgomery. The Americans then tied the game at the 6:20 mark on a Darryl Bootland goal that was assisted by Trevor Hendrix and Anthony Maiani. Mathieu Corbiel was pulled after allowing this goal and was replaced by Mike Clemente. With 8:38 left in the second period, Darryl Bootland scored again after receiving a great pass from Jason Deitsch. The Americans managed to score one more goal before the period ended. The goal was scored by Jason Deitsch and assisted by Trevor Hendrix and Todd Robinson.The period ended with the Americans leading 5-3.
The Americans continued to add to their extensive lead when Tyler Ludwig scored at the 5:45 mark in the third period. The goal marked the sixth goal of the game and was assisted by Anthony Maiani and Darryl Bootland. The Mavericks were able to notch one more goal with 6:09 remaining in the period. The goal was scored by Eric Medland when he wristed a shot to the right of Aaron Dell. This goal was assisted by Andrew Courtney and Brandon Smith. The Allen Americans stole the game and ended up winning 8-4.
The Mavericks lost this game mainly because of terrible special teams. The Mavericks allowed three power play goals on six attempts. The team struggled in the net too, for the first time since mid-February. They need a victory tonight to keep their hopes alive. In order to do so, they need a strong special team unit and a strong goal-tending performance.