Mavericks Wrap up Weekend with Win in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. - The Missouri Mavericks led from wire to wire on Sunday en route to a 4-1 road win over the Tulsa Oilers at BOK Center. The win was Missouri's third straight over Tulsa, third in a row on the road and improved its record to 26-21-7 on the season.
The Mavericks entered play on Sunday with wins in each of their last two games at BOK Center, and took quick strides in their effort to make it three in a row. After a successful penalty kill early on, Missouri grabbed a 1-0 lead when Matt Robertson jabbed home the rebound of a Kevin Tansey shot. The goal was Robertson's third of the season.
Stephon Williams, who started in goal for the second straight Sunday, made sure Robertson's goal stood up by turning away 11 shots in the opening 20 minutes.
Dane Fox had already recorded four points (2g, 2a) on the weekend and added another goal to that total in the second period of today's game. Rocco Carzo and Zach Tolkinen worked the puck up high as Fox came open on the right wing during a 5-on-3 power play. Tulsa's Colin Stevens stopped Tolkinen's shot but the rebound kicked right to Fox who slammed it home.
Williams added 13 saves in the second to send Missouri into the third up by a pair.
Tulsa's Kale Kessey trimmed Missouri's lead to one just over four minutes into the third period. Eric Drapluk sent a shot from along the right-wing wall goalward and it deflected off Kessey, over Williams' shoulder and into the goal. Missouri's lead was in peril when Tansey and Tolkinen took penalties 52 seconds apart and gave Tulsa a 5-on-3 advantage.
The Mavericks were able to dress five healthy defensemen for the game, but with two in the box during the 5-on-3 situation Ryan Obuchowski and Luke Juha were called on to stay out for the duration of the kill. The rookie pair helped navigate the penalty kill and kept the lead in tact.
Once back at full strength the Mavericks received an insurance marker from Robertson at 16:57 of the third. He took a faceoff win by Kyle Schempp and blisterd a shot top shelf past Stevens. It gave Robertson the first two-goal game of his professional career.
Tansey was credited with an empty-net goal in the waning moments because the Oilers misfired on a pass to the point and the puck rolled all the way into their own goal.
Williams earned his first win of the season with the Mavericks thanks to a 42-save effort. The Mavericks ended the game 1-for-4 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Mark your calendar! The Mavericks are back in action on home ice Friday, March 3 at 7:35 p.m. to face the Allen Americans! The Mavericks will kick off their Military Appreciation Weekend which will feature, for the first time ever, the Mavericks donning special military-themed jerseys for back-to-back games Friday and Saturday. These game-worn jerseys will then be auctioned off postgame Saturday, with the proceeds benefitting Warriors' Ascent. Groups of 15 or more are eligible for discounted tickets and preferred seating based on availability. Call the Mavericks at 816-252-7825 to book your group outing.
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