By Nick Hartman:
(Independence, MO): The Cutthroats and the Mavericks had a rematch, Friday, at the Independence Events Center. The performance was just as intense as the first game and once again the Mavericks won. This game was a 4-2 win for the Mavericks and was another great performance by the Mavs especially by Mathieu Corbeil. Corbeil was unstoppable in the second and third periods allowing nothing past him, even though the Cutthroats had some very good scoring opportunities. The Mavericks defensive play was a different story. The defense did well in the first but began to play a little bit sloppy in the second. They fixed the sloppiness and played well in the third.
“This win feels great. Two in a row against a team that we were tied with going into the weekend… The game’s a big confidence builder. We had a tough time with the line-up changes [Dave Pszenyczny was injured]. We had a tough time finding some flow with two new D men who haven’t played in awhile. The whole team showed the ability to gel early on. The power plays were again a little sloppy but they were new and the guys found a way to win.”
Only one goal was scored during the first period but there were some heavyhits. The only goal was scored at the 13:30 mark in the first. The goal wasscored by AJ Gale and assisted by Brad Smyth and Glenn Cacarro. Six minuteslater, the period ended with the Cutthroats leading 1-0.
The second period showcased two goals being scored. The first goal came just 2 minutes into the period. The goal was scored by Troy Schawb, Denver, and assisted by AJ Gale and Brad Smyth. After 17 minutes of play, the Mavericks were down 2-0. With just six seconds left to play, Evan Vossen shot a puck that sailed into the goal. This goal changed the game and probably allowed the Mavericks to find the win.
Going into the third, the Mavericks were still losing 2-1, but the Mavs turned on the boosters and starting attacking from the drop of the puck. This attack paid off. Just 1:40 into the third, Jesse Perrin received a great pass from Sebastian Thinel and zipped the puck into the goal. The goal tied the game at two but was not the last goal scored by the Mavericks. At the 17:05 mark, Ryan Jardine broke away, deked the goalie out of his skates and scored. Already leading 3-2, the Mavericks scored again with just 1:20 remaining in play. This goal was scored by Sebastian Thinel on an empty net, topping the game off for the Mavericks.