By Nick Hartman:
(INDEPENDENCE, MO): The Mavericks came home looking for a win on a stormy night in Independence. The Mavericks were tied 1-1 in the series against the Allen Americans. The players were ready to play and ready to take the series lead. Unfortunately, that’s not the way it went down. Even though the Mavericks seemed unstoppable, penalties took a toll on the team. The game went into overtime, after a back-and-forth regulation play, where the Americans clinched a win and took the series lead 2-1.
“We need to shake this game off,” said Mavericks head coach, Scott Hillman. “The boys played their hearts off and for that team (Allen) to get eight power plays tonight, it’s a joke.”
The first period was neck-and-neck from the initial face-off. No goals were scored and no penalties were called making the period go by quickly. At the end of the scoreless first period, both goaltenders had 9 saves.
With the 0-0 first period, both teams needed to gain momentum and find a way to score. The Americans found that momentum in the second period at the 9:40 mark when Jason Deitsch shot the puck and found an open net for the goal. Anthony Maiani was credited with an assist on the goal.
The third period was the most intense period of regulation. The play was rough and during the first five minutes, both teams were out to get each other. At the 5:25 mark, the Mavericks tied the game when Eric Medland hit a wrist-shot from the point that sailed past Aaron Dell. This goal was assisted by Kellen Tochkin and Sebastian Thinel. Four minutes later, the Mavericks scored again. John Scott-Dickson and Colt King went 2v1. Colt King set JSD up. JSD fired a shot at the net and scored. The Mavericks had the lead, 2-1, but with just 2:20 to go in the third period, Allen scored. The goal was scored by Trevor Ludwig and assisted by Brian McMillian and Tyler Ludwig. The period ended in a 2-2 tie.
The game was sent into overtime where the back-and-forth play continued. The Mavericks killed one 5 on 3 penalty in the first minutes of overtime. At the 16th minute, Andrew Courtney was sent to the penalty box for boarding. One second later, Sebastian Thinel was given game misconduct for the intent to injure when he yanked on the beard of Darryl Bootland. This was the second 5 on 3 penalty kill of overtime and it cost the Mavericks. With just two minutes remaining, Trevor Hendrix scored on a slap shot that sailed past Mike Clemente. The game ended with the Americans on top 3-2. Mavericks head coach, Scott Hillman had a very short comment on the two 5 on 3 in overtime, saying,
“I have never heard of it (two 5 on 3 in overtime). Never seen it; probably never see it again in our lives.”