Chad Painchaud takes a shot on Mathieu Corbiel in the third period of the Mavericks 5-2 loss to the Wichita Thunder. The loss made the Mavericks finish in fifth place of the CHL standings. Photo Courtesy of Johnna Raymond.
The Mavericks traveled to Wichita, Sunday, to play the final game of the CHL regular season. The Mavericks desperately needed to win in order to get home-ice advantage during the playoffs. The Mavericks have not played well this season against the Thunder only winning once in the the 10 game series. The Mavericks were trying to defy all odds but failed losing 5-2. Three games in less than thirty-six hours is tough, especially when playing a tough team like Wichita so this is an understandable loss. Still, the Mavericks let the Thunder gain an early lead and failed to comeback.
The Mavericks allowed three goals in the first period, the game changer. The first goal was scored just five minutes into play when Kevin Young shot and the puck sailed to the right of Mathieu Corbiel into the net. The goal was assisted by Chad Painchaud and Matt Summers. A minute later, the Thunder scored again on an Erick Lizon goal after a great feed by Todd Griffith. The Thunder then scored at the 7:57 mark in the period. This goal was scored by Ian Lowe and assisted by Dave Inman and Andrew Martes. Even though the Mavericks allowed three goals, they were still able to net one. That goal was scored with just 1:20 left in play. John Scott-Dickson went top shelf after Kellen Tochkin set him up to score.
With the Thunder leading 3-1 going into the second period, the Mavericks turned on the play and attempted to make a comeback. Wichita scored first, just 1:43 into the period. The goal was scored by Chad Painchaud and assisted by Torrie Jung. The Mavericks scored again with just 10 minutes remaining in the game, on a goal by Kellen Tochkin, that was assisted by Kenton Miller and Sebastian Thinel. After this goal the Thunder still had the lead 4-2.
In the third period, the Mavericks attempted to score again but failed and allowed the Thunder to score once. That goal came at the 6:19 mark in the third and was scored when Kevin Younge pulled a deke maneuver on Mathieu Corbiel and had a wide-open net. This goal was assisted by Jon Madden. The game came to an end with the Thunder on top 5-2.
Since the Mavericks lost this game, they will get fifth place in the CHL standings and will have to travel to Rapid City, South Dakota to face the Rapid City Rush on Friday and Saturday. The games will be difficult and could prove to be a tough task but the Mavericks have been hot and need to pull out wins from those two games.