Black Friday was not all shopping and getting a good deal. 5,119 people gathered to watch the Missouri Mavericks win 4-1 and spoil the Fort Worth Brahams four-game winning streak. Missouri Mavericks’ Coach Scott Hillman thoughts on the game were,
“You know we had urgency going into the game and it was absolutely the result we wanted…We found a way to get to net and score. Those two power play goals were the difference maker and we have been working on that day in and day out and it payed off.”
The first period began with the Missouri Mavericks winning the face-off and with four minutes, the Brahams had their first penalty. Erik Spady was sent to the box for cross-checking. The Mavericks capitalized and in the 5th minute scored on the power play. Andrew Courtney scored the goal with an assist from Brian Bicek and Sebastian Thinel. The Mavericks scored again in the 18th minute, also on a power play. Sebastian Thinel scored when he was on the receiving end of a great pass by Matt Krug. In the 19th minute, the Mavs scored a third time taking the lead when Riley Emmersen scored on a pass from Blake Forsyth. The Mavs took a 3-0 lead into the second period.
The second period had a bit of a tedious feeling to it as both teams exchanged the puck numerous times until the 10th minute when Sy Nutkevitch scored giving the Brahams their first, and only, goal of the game. The score was 3-1 after the second period, Scott Hillman thoughts on this lull were,
“You know it is a tight defensive period, both teams had five shots on net and if we are up by three and we can hold them to five shot, we are extremely happy. We like to get more but the main thing is concentrate on defense at that point.”
The third period was also back-forth for the game until the last two minutes of the game when the Brahams pulled their goalie and with fifty-five seconds left, Riley Emmersen shot from center of the rink and the puck went in the net, clinching the game for the Mavs. Emmersen’s thoughts on the goal were,
“Honestly, I was just trying to get it deep and I was fortunate enough to get a good angle and it rolled in. It’s nice, it would have been tough to not see it go in the net because the momentum would have gone the other way and I was fortunate enough to have a good bounce and I’m happy it went in.”