On Friday, the Missouri Mavericks played the Bloomington Blaze for the eighth time this season. Coming off a controversial loss, the Mavericks wanted to get a tough game behind them and find a win. The Mavericks found the needed win, winning 3-2 over the Blaze. Some notable things happened during this 3-2 win, Mike Clemente played a great game and Sebastian Thinel achieved his 800th career point, look for a story on that later. Scott Hillman thoughts on the game were,
“There are games a goalie steals a win for you, and this was one of those nights,” Hillman said. “Our best defensive player tonight was Clemmer. He was outstanding. He stopped just about everything and we were able to score enough to get a big, big win.”
The first period was a very tight back and fourth through battle, both team were able to score one goal. The Mavericks struck first though, just 8:35 into period, Colt King received a great pass from Brandon Smith. King then backhanded the puck into the net for the goal. Preciously eight minutes later, the Blaze, Travis Granbois just slipped the puck between Mike Clemente’s legs resulting in a goal. Brett Lutes was credited with an assist on the goal.
With the game tied at one going into the second period, the Mavericks turned on their game a little bit more, scoring once and allowing no goals. That goal came 2:54 into the period, David Simoes shot a one-timer to the net that went right through the legs of Pier-Oliviar Pelletier. Brandon Smith assisted the goal.
Leading 2-1, the Mavericks, Sebastian Thinel sent a pass to Riley Emmerson who sent the puck into the goal off his knee. The Blaze scored one more with just 8:44 remaining in the game, Steve Makway scored the goal with Kyle Bochak assisting the goal. With 56 second left, the Blaze pulled their goalie but the Mavericks did not find a way to score on the empty net. The game ended with the Mavericks on top 3-2.