The Missouri Mavericks played the Bloomington Blaze for the fifth time this year on Saturday. The Mavericks were looking for their seventh consecutive win and they found it in a 5-4 win of the Blaze. Scott Hillman’s thoughts on the seventh win were,
“It feels great, the seven doesn’t mean a whole lot to the guys in the room. The points really mean a lot and the most important thing is we are play solid hockey night after night and right now we are finding a way to win.”
The first period was high-paced from the start even though there were only three goals during the period. The first goal came, in the 12th minute, when Andrew Courtney delivered a great pass to Ryan Jardine who shot and scored. Bloomington’s Sebastian Trudeau scored the next goal in the 16th minute, on the power play. The assist went to Aaron Dawson. The last goal came with one-second left and was scored by Podge Turnbull. Andrew Courtney assisted the goal. The period ended in a 2-1 lead in favor of the Mavericks.
The second period was almost exactly like the first period as there were only three goals scored. The first goal came, in the second minute, when Brandon Smith scored the goal. It could not have happened, however, without a great pass from Kellen Tochkin. The Mavericks scored their fourth goal, in the 10th minute, on a wrist shot by Evan Vossen. The assist went to Jeff Pierce. The Blaze scored their second goal, in the 16th minute, on the power play. The goal was scored by Ryan Palmer and assisting the goal was Steve Makaway. The second period ended in 4-2 lead for the Mavericks.
Finally, in the third period, the Missouri Mavericks put up one more goal while the Blaze put up two goals. The Blaze struck first, in the third minute, when Michael Trebish shot and scored. The assists went to Travis Granbois and Kyle Bochek. In the 8th minute, the Missouri Mavericks scored their fifth goal of the night. The goal was scored by John Scott-Dickson and was assisted by Jeff Pierce and Kellen Tochkin. Bloomington scored the final goal of the match when Steve Makaway shot and scored, in the 19th minute. The Mavericks won 5-4 extending their winning streak to seven in a row.
The three stars were: 3rd Star – Jeff Pierce 2nd Star – Andrew Courtney, and 1st Star – Kellen Tochkin. The Mavericks face off against the Blaze again Sunday, in Bloomington. Scott Hillman was also asked what the difference between playing on the road and at home, he said,
“It’s just easier to play simple and not worry about what it looks like when you are on the road. If you have to slow the game down a little that you are boring your own fans…”