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Cutthroats Fall in Back-And-Forth Battle with Missouri, 7-5

February 18, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Denver Cutthroats News Release

DENVER - The Denver Cutthroats and Missouri Mavericks were separated by two points in the standings when the game began and were tied through forty minutes of play before a pair of third period goals propelled Missouri to a 7-5 win over Denver on Monday afternoon at the Denver Coliseum.

Kenton Miller at 5:27 and Colt King on the power play at 8:45 were the third period goal scorers for the Mavericks (26-19-4), who are now tied with the Cutthroats (25-21-6) for fourth place in the Central Hockey League after the win. It was the second time this season the Cutthroats and Mavericks combined for double-digit goals in a game - the two battled to an 8-5 finish on Oct. 20 which the Mavericks also won.

Mikael Bedard scored twice for the Cutthroats, giving him five goals in three games since signing with the team on Friday. Gabe Gautier and Luke Fulghum tallied two assists for the Fish. Missouri's Trevor Kell led all skaters with four points (one goal, three assists).

Troy Schwab scored for Denver with 56 seconds remaining in the third to close the gap to 6-5 before Missouri added an empty-net goal.

The Cutthroats took a 2-0 lead in the opening four minutes of the game with goals from Bedard and Brad Smyth, before the Mavericks answered back on tallies by Kell and King.

John-Scott Dickson pushed the Mavericks in front, 3-2, at 5:56 of the second, but the Cutthroats continued the see-saw battle with two more of their own. Bedard scored his second of the game less than two minutes after Missouri took the lead, then Chris Greene scored his fifth of the season from the right circle with 3:00 left in the frame to make it a 4-3 lead for the Fish.

The CHL's leading scorer, Sebastien Thinel, added the tying goal for the Mavericks with 1:27 left in the second.

Kieran Millan took the loss in his return from the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters with 23 saves. Mathieu Corbeil earned the win for the Mavericks stopping 28 of 33 shots.

The Cutthroats finished 0-for-4 on the power play. Missouri went 2-for-2 as King scored both man-advantage goals.

The Cutthroats continue their homestand on Friday when they begin a weekend pair against the visiting Quad City Mallards. Puck drop is set for 7:05 PM MST.

Three Stars:

1. Colt King (MIZ)

2. Mikael Bedard (DEN)

3. Trevor Kell (MIZ)

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