Last night, the Mavericks faced off against the Allen Americans. The Mavericks were only able to play with 15 guys because of various injuries and transfers. This still turned out to be one of the hardest fought games the Mavericks have played this year. But in the end, the Americans won because of a poor Mavericks power play and penalty kill. During the interview, Mavericks Coach, Scott Hillman was obviously frustrated.
“It was a hard fought game, the guys played with incredible energy for the amount of bodies and amount of time we are playing on the ice. We just couldn’t get the power play goal and, with the guys’ chances and fatigue, it’s tougher,” Hillman said. “We faced the second best penalty kill in the league [Only behind Wichita] we generated some good opportunities but we couldn’t finish. Maybe if we are a little fresher we’ll be better. It was a good game we kept working, earned a lot of power plays by working and we just kept battling.”
Four goals were scored in the first period, two by the Americans and two by the Mavericks. The first goal was scored 7:11 into the period on an Adam Pineault slap shot that sailed right past Mike Clemente. The goal was assisted by Anthony Maiani and Jamie Schaafsma. Just a minute later, Allen scored again. Kale Kerbashian and Chris Doyle had a 2 on 1 opportunity and Kerbashian shot and scored. At the 12 minute mark, Colt King decked Allen’s goaltender and scored. Two minutes later, John Scott-Dickson scored an equalizing goal after a great pass from Trevor Kell.
With the game tied at two going into the second period, the Mavericks had a short slump that would later turn out to effect the whole game. Just two minutes into the period, Jim McKenzie shot and went top shelf to score. Chris Doyle once again assisted the goal. The second period ended with the Americans leading 3-2.
The third period was full of penalties and three goals. The first goal came 50 seconds in when Trevor Kell shot and the puck went through Allen’s goalie legs. The game was tied at three when Adam Pineault scored a short-handed goal after rebounding a Kale Kerbashian shot. At the 19:27 mark, Trevor Ludwig scored on an empty net from all the way in the Allen zone. Just 33 seconds after the empty net goal, the game ended with the Americans on top 5-3.