Mavericks Fall to Thunder in Game One, 2-1
WICHITA, Kansas - The Missouri Mavericks fell to the Wichita Thunder, 2-1, in Game One of the Central Hockey League Opening Round series Wednesday night. Brandon Coccimiglio scored the lone goal for the Mavericks and Robby Nolan stopped 22 of 24 shots in net in the loss. Troy Schwab and Matt Robinson scored for the Thunder and goaltender Marc-Antoine Gelinas stopped 23 of 24 shots in the win. The teams will head to Independence for games two and three at Independence Events Center Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2.
A tightly contested first 10 minutes of the game only witnessed a total of seven shots on goal between the two teams. Wichita's Troy Schwab broke the scoreless tie at the 12:57 mark when he skated from behind the Mavericks' net and roofed a shot past Mavericks' goaltender Robby Nolan. He was assisted by Jesse Bennefield and Daniel Tetrault.
The Mavericks battled back and scored the tying goal off the stick of Brandon Coccimiglio. The rookie netted a rebound at the 16:14 mark of the first period on assists from Ryan Jardine and Ray DiLauro. The teams remained tied for the rest of the first period and Wichita had the edge in shots at 11-10.
Defenseman Blake Forsyth was whistled for a tripping penalty just 22 seconds into the second period giving the Thunder their first power play chance of the game. Wichita quickly scored on the power play when Matt Robinson scored in a scrum in front of the Mavericks' net. A.J. Gale and Aaron Davis were credited with the assists giving the Thunder a 2-1 lead.
Missouri was forced to kill to two more penalties in the second period, and they successfully killed each. The Thunder outshot the Mavericks 8-5 in the period, and held on to the one-goal lead through 40 minutes. At the end of the second period, four penalties were called at the 20-minute mark resulting in a Mavericks' power play to start the third period.
The Mavericks were unable to score the equalizer on the ensuing power play to start the third period. Missouri earned a couple more plays in the third, but again were not able to get the puck past Gelinas. Missouri finished 0-for-4 on the power play in the game and the Thunder's power play goal proved to be the difference.
Wichita takes a 1-0 series lead to Independence where the teams will play games two and three this Friday and Saturday nights.
Tickets are available for all three of the Mavericks' playoff games 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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