BY: NICK HARTMAN
INDEPENDENCE, MO: Redemption Island. 8-1-0 vs 10-0-0. That record was going through the players’ and fans’ heads when they stepped onto the ice, Saturday, for game two against the Rapid City Rush. That one loss would give the Rush the lead and a spot in the history books. Sure enough, the Mavericks fought and after 60 minutes of sparta-type play, the Mavericks came away with a 3-2 win.
The first period was all for the Mavericks from the start. From the moment the puck dropped, the Mavericks were attacking and it paid off. Just two and a half minutes into the period, Trevor Kell delivered a great set-up for Colt King who proceeded to slam the shot into the goal. After back-and-forth play, constant prevention of the puck by both Shane Owen [Missouri] and Tim Boron [Rapid City] and hard-knock style attack the Mavericks Sebastien Thinel popped in a shot with just nine seconds left in the period.
Just as in the first period, the Missouri Mavericks came out fighting. The Mavericks, Colt King, scored at the 8:51 mark in the period after a great set-up from Trevor Kell. Four minutes later, Colt King and Justin Sawyer dropped the gloves and went to war. When the battle was complete, King and Sawyer were both sent to the sin bin for five minutes.
Tensions were flaring at the start of the third period and when Winston Day-Chief scored the first Rapid City Goal just 5:32 into the third, it looked like both teams were ready to full-out brawl. Unfortunately, the Rush managed too score again ten minutes later when Jesse Schultz found the net after a strong set-up pass from Jared Brown. The sheer determination by the Mavericks to stop the efforts of the Rush exhilarating and sure enough with about a 1:30 remaining the Rush pulled Tim Boron securing a win for the Mavericks and leaving the Rapid City Rush in shock and defeat.
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