After a huge win against the Tulsa Oilers, last Saturday, the Mavericks traveled to Tulsa to take on the Oilers. The Mavericks started the game strong scoring three goals earlier but then started fading allowing the Oilers to take an opportunity to comeback. The Oilers won 6-4 and this game is up for one of the worst games in the 2012-2013 Missouri Mavericks season.
“A tough way to start a busy stretch,” said Mavericks’ Head Coach Scott Hillman. “There was a complete lack of focus after an outstanding first period. We took bad and selfish penalties and an inability to kill penalties destroyed any hope of winning.”
The Mavericks started the game very strong, scoring three goals and only allowing one. The first coming just 1:08 into the game. Taylor Vichorek scored the unassisted goal. Sebastian Thinel scored the Mavericks second goal, 11:44, after a great set up by Andrew Courtney and Kyle Hood. The third Mavericks goal came less then two minutes later when Kellen Tochkin went top shelf after a great pass from Trevor Kell. Unfortunately, with just 4:35 remaining in the period, Ben Gordon found the net putting the puck through Mike Clemente’s five-hole. Shawn Erickson received the assist for the goal.
The Mavericks had a comfortable lead going to into the second period but, the Oilers found a way to go ahead scoring three goals while allowing none. The first goal came, 2:18 into the period, when Drew Fisher found the net. Ben Gordon assisted the goal. At the 4:20 mark in the period, the Oilers, Ryan Menei shot and scored. Once again Ben Gordon was credited with the assist on the goal. The fourth goal of the game and the third of the period came at the 9:06 mark. The goal was scored by Ryan Menei and assisted by, yes, Ben Gordon.
The Mavericks had lost their comfortable lead and were now trailing 4-3. They knew they had to try and score that needed goal without allowing any but that is not the way it worked out. The Oilers first goal came, 8:38, when Jeff Bunivow found the net after a great pass from Ryan Menei. The Oilers final goal came with just eight minutes left, it was scored by Shawn Erickson and was once again assisted by Ryan Menei. The Mavericks did put up one last goal with just one minute remaining, when Andrew Courtney scored an unassisted goal. The goal tacked on one more point but the Mavericks still lost 6-4.