Mavericks Win Streak Ends In 5-1 Loss To Colorado
INDEPENDENCE, Missouri - The Missouri Mavericks were defeated, 5-1, by the Colorado Eagles Thursday night in front of a standing room only crowd of 5,774 fans at Independence Events Center. Eagles' goaltender Mike Mole stopped 44 of 45 shots in the win and Ed McGrane led all scorers with a goal and two assists. The Mavericks were unable to score a power play goal despite having 14 chances and it proved to be the difference as the Mavericks held a 45-27 edge in shots. Missouri fell to 13-15-1 on the season and the loss broke the Mavericks season-long three-game win streak. The Mavericks will travel to Mississippi to take on the RiverKings Friday night at 7:05 p.m.
The Eagles scored early and often in the first period. At the 1:39 mark, McGrane took a centering pass from Ryan McLeod and redirected past Mavericks' netminder Alexandre Vincent. Less than one minute later, Colorado made it 2-0 when Missouri committed a turnover in their own zone and Kevin Ulanski scored after two quick passes from Ryan Tobler and Riley Nelson. Finally, with two minutes remaining in the period, Jim Jackson scored his third goal of the season on the power play on assists from Steve Haddon and McLeod. Missouri outshot the Eagles 12-8 in the period, but faced a 3-0 deficit after one period.
Colorado again scored early in the second period when Aaron Schneekloth lit the lamp on a shot from the slot that beat Vincent stick side. The goal came at the 1:24 mark and gave Colorado a 4-0 lead.
Missouri answered at 9:35 when Jeff Christian scored his 14th goal of the season on a centering pass from Jeff MacDermid. Christian took the pass and went to his backhand to score the only goal against Mole in the game. Again the Mavericks outshot the Eagles 14-8, but continued to trail by three goals going into the final period.
The Mavericks had a total of over three minutes of five-on-three power plays in the third period, but were unable to convert on a total of six power plays in the final frame. Alex Penner made it 5-1 when he lifted a shot over the shoulder of Vincent and finalized the scoring at the 11:31 mark of the third period.
Vincent stopped 22 of 27 shots in net for the Mavericks, and the team failed to reach the.500 mark for the first time this season. Colorado finished 2-5 on the power play and killed all 14 penalties to move to 21-5-1 on the season.
Missouri will travel to Mississippi on Friday to take on the RiverKings, and the Mavs will head to Bossier-Shreveport on Saturday to complete four games in five nights. Tune into all the action live on KCWJ 1030-AM or watch live online via CHL-TV. Missouri will host three games next week when they take on the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs on Wednesday, January 5, and they will host the Arizona Sundogs for a pair of games on January 8 and 9. For tickets call (866) 443-8849 or visit www.MissouriMavericks.com for more information.
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