After two disappointing losses, the Mavericks were looking and striving for a win against the Wichita Thunder. The Mavericks started the game very well and maintained a 3-1 lead for most of the game. Unfortunately they allowed two more goals which tied the game up. The game was forced into overtime and eventually a shoot-out. Scott Hillman expressed his thoughts on the game in the post game interview saying,
“This game was extremely heartbreaking for the team and fans. We worked hard to get as far as we did and losing is tough. We’re happy we got the point but we need to work harder to win.”
The Mavericks won the first and second periods, scoring twice and only allowing one goal. The Mavericks first goal came just 3:28 into the game. Trevor Kell scored on the power play after a great set up from Colt King. Wichita tied up the game when Todd Griffith scored an unassisted goal just 1:19 into the second period. After several more close calls, the Mavericks took the lead again in the 18:00 minute. The goal was scored by Andrew Courtney and assisted by Kellen Tochkin and Sebastian Thinel.
With the 2-1 lead going into the third, the Mavericks knew they had to maintain their lead and maybe add on to the lead. They did that scoring 2:16 into the third on an Evan Vossen wrist-shot that went straight through Torrie Jung’s five-hole. At the 6:20 mark in the third period the Thunder’s Ian Lowe scored after a good feed from Matt Robinson. Less than thirty seconds later, the Thunder tied the game after Todd Griffith scored. This goal was assisted by Matt Summers and Dave Inman. After desperate attempts from both teams to score, the game was sent into overtime.
During overtime, neither team scored sending the game into a shootout. During the shootout, four players scored from each team and sent the shootout into sudden-death. During sudden-death both Mavericks players missed. Ian Lowe scored, winning the game for the Thunder. The team and the fans are disappointed after two consecutive one point losses that should have been more than just one point. Still tonight Matheiu Corbiel and the Mavericks looked the best they have since Tuesday’s win over Bloomington.