BY: NICK HARTMAN
INDEPENDENCE, MO: “An Emotional Loss…” That is the only way to describe the Mavericks 4-3 loss to the only undefeated hockey team in the CHL. The Mavericks failed to stop two scoring plays just 50 seconds apart by the Rapid City Rush after having a 3-2 lead with five minutes left in the game.
“Our boys are not very happy right now,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said by phone following the emotional loss. “I’m looking forward to seeing how we come out and play tomorrow night, because this team started the season 8-0-0 and they feel like the world ended today with this loss.”
With emotions running high from the start, the first period was more monotonous than expected. Thanks in large part to the unstoppability by both Tim Boron [Rapid City] and Shane Owen [Missouri Mavericks] in the net. The only goal was scored with just 2:22 left in the first when Jesse Schultz sent in a shot that deflected off the knee pad of Shan Owen and was punched in by Winston Day Chief.
With a 1-0 lead going into the second period, the incredible efforts by both goalies continued when Tim Boron thwarted all of the Mavericks nine chances to score and when Shane Owen only allowed one goal on twenty-two shots. The single goal came at the 19 minute mark in the period, when Konrad Reeder sent a shot past Owen.
The Mavericks turned up the heat in the third period though, sending an all-out blitz. The blitz worked as the Mavericks capitalized and scored three goals in a span of four minutes. Just five minutes in, Eric Castonguay scored the first goal of the game when he ripped a slap-shot past Tim Boron. The goal gave assists to Mike Ramsey and Andrew Courtney. A minute and forty-two seconds later, Andrew Courtney scored a goal on a 5-0n-3 power play to tie the game at two a-piece. Once again Mike Ramsey assisted along with Sebastien Thinel. The third and final goal came with eleven minutes remaining when Obi Aduba sent in a great set-up for Andres Franzon who scored and allowed a 3-2 lead for the Mavericks. Unfortunately, with just five minutes left, the Rapid City Rush scored two goals in 50 seconds. The first was scored by Winston Day Chief on the power play and the game-winning was scored by Eric Giosa.
“We made some mistakes, but they are mistakes we can clean up. The boys showed a lot of heart, going down 2-0 and coming back to take that lead in the third period. They’re disappointed in the mistakes we made tonight. We’re all pleased we can come back tomorrow night and play the Rush again.”
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