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Mavericks Fall to Thunder, 6-4

January 7, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Kansas City Mavericks News Release

WICHITA, Kansas - The Wichita Thunder scored five goals in the second period en route to a 6-4 win over the Missouri Mavericks Friday night at Intrust Bank Arena. After the Thunder took a 5-1 lead after two periods, Missouri scored three goals in the third to make it a 5-4 game, but an empty netter by Daniel Tetrault ended the Mavericks bid at a four-goal comeback. The Mavericks have now lost three straight games, but head home Saturday night for a game against the Tulsa Oilers.

The teams played an evenly matched first period, and the Mavericks unlocked the scoreless tie at the 14:55 mark of the first period on Derek Pallardy's eighth goal of the season. The teams were skating four-on-four and Pallardy came into the zone with Simon Watson. Pallardy took the puck from behind the net and jammed it between Gelinas' pad and the post. Watson assisted on the goal which proved to be the only marker of the first period.

It was all Wichita in the second period. Bobby Hughes tied the game, 1-1, just 2:12 into the period and the Thunder added four more goals by the end of the second frame. A.J. Gale scored at 9:24 to give the Thunder their first lead of the game, a lead they would not relinquish. Robin Richards scored his third goal of the season at the 11:13 mark, and then Davis scored his two goals. Davis scored his first at 15:23 and his second with just 1:29 remaining in the period. The five goals allowed by the Mavericks are the second-highest allowed in a period. Wichita scored six goals in the third period against the Mavericks on December 26.

Missouri didn't go down without a fight in the third period as Toby Lafrance notched his eighth goal of the season less than three minutes into the period. At the 16:40 mark, Olivier Filion redirected a shot from Cole Ruwe past Gelinas, and only 20 seconds later Carlyle Lewis scored his sixth goal of the season on a sharp-angled shot to make it just a one-goal lead. Missouri took goaltender Robby Nolan out in the final two minutes for the extra attacker and had a couple good scoring chances, but Gelinas was up to the task. Finally, at 19:19 Daniel Tetrault bounced the puck of the boards from his own zone and the puck slid the length of the ice into the Mavericks net.

The Mavericks finished 0-for-4 on the power play but killed both of Wichita's chances. Missouri has not allowed a power play goal in five straight games.

The three-game losing streak is the second such streak of the season, and the Mavericks have not lost four straight this season.

The Mavericks will return home tomorrow, Saturday, January 8 to take on the Tulsa Oilers. The team will wear retro jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity. Tickets are available at the Independence Events Center Box Office, by calling (800) 745-3000 or visiting www.TicketMaster.com. Visit www.MissouriMavericks.com for more information.


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