Mavericks Win 4-2 in Another Positive Performance

Danny Battochio #30 of the Rapid City Rush gives up a to Kenton Miller #28 of the Missouri Mavericks during the game at the Independence Events Center on April 5, 2013 in Independence, Missouri. (Photo by Daniel Russell/Pro Hockey News)

The Mavericks came into Friday’s game needing to win.  A win would tie the series, would give extra motivation to the team, and, most  importantly, would keep the Mavericks into the best-of-seven series  against the Rush. The Mavericks played well from the start, shutting  down the Rush offense and finding a way to sneak into the Rush’s zone  and get heavy shots on Danny Battochio .

“We come home trailing 2-0 and win Wednesday (3-2 in overtime)  and tonight,” Hillman said. “Now, it’s a three-game series and two of  the games on their ice (next week). We have to win Saturday. We have to  go in with the same sense of urgency we played with tonight.”

The first period only showcased one goal but it was still a  positive period for the Mavericks. At the 12:50 mark, Kenton Miller  scored after some great puck handling and a phenomenal set-up from  Sebastien Thinel. With nine seconds to go in the first period, Andrew  Courtney shot and struck the puck into the net, but the goal was called  off for an unintentional hit of Danny Battochio.

Leading 1-0 at the start of the second period, the Mavericks were  looking to capitalize on the Rush and score more goals. Just 22 seconds  into the second period, Kenton Miller sent in a great pass to Kellen  Tochkin who found an opening in the net and scored. The Mavericks  scored their third goal, a minute and a half after Tochkin’s goal, when  Kenton Miller sent in a slap-shot that sailed past Danny Battochio. This goal  was assisted by Andrew Courtney. The Mavericks had a slight breakdown at  the 9 minute mark, allowing the Rush’s Winston Day-Chief to score  after rebounding a Jesse Schultz shot. The Mavericks quickly got that  mistake out of their minds and just 18 seconds later, Andrew Courtney  scored after he took advantage of a Rush mistake. The final goal of the  second period was scored with just 1:47 remaining. The goal was scored  by Scott Wray and assisted by Riley Weselowski.

The third period was neck-and-neck and when it ended,  the Mavericks had won 4-2. The win tied the series at two and guaranteed a sixth game in Rapid City.

The game was riddled with  penalties, 46 total, 26 from the Rush and 20 from the Mavericks. Coach  Hillman said on Wednesday, “It’s playoff play. It’s going to be physical  and we expect more penalties…” This showed Friday and will likely continue throughout the series.

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