Mavs Downed by Sundogs, 4-1
INDEPENDENCE, Missouri - The Missouri Mavericks were defeated by the Arizona Sundogs 4-1 Friday night in front of 4,286 fans at Independence Events Center. Jon Landry had a pair of goals and an assist, and Kyle McNulty stopped 21 of 22 shots in net for Arizona who improved to 12-18-3. Mavericks' forward Jeff Christian tallied the only Missouri goal and extended his scoring streak to nine games, but the team lost their first game in regulation in four games. Missouri (15-16-2) will have a chance at redemption Saturday night in another game against the Sundogs at 7:05 p.m.
Arizona earned a five-on-three power play 13:19 into the first period and took advantage when Chris Bartalone let a slap shot loose that beat Mavericks' goaltender Doug Groenestege. Bartolone's goal came at the 14:38 mark and he was assisted by Landry and Joey Sides. Missouri killed the remainder of the penalty, but didn't muster much offense all period as they were held to just three shots. Arizona took the 1-0 lead into the intermission and had an 8-3 edge in shots.
After 16 minutes of scoreless hockey in the second, Landry gave Arizona a 2-0 lead when he made a nice individual effort. He skated around a Mavericks defenseman and lifted the puck over the stick of Groenestege. Missouri was again outshot by the Sundogs in the second period 10-7. The Mavericks had just 10 shots through two periods marking the lowest shot output after two periods this season.
Late in the third period, the Mavericks attempted a comeback when Christian tallied his team-leading 15th goal of the season. He redirected a shot by Jeff MacDermid through the legs of McNulty to make it a 3-1 game. The comeback effort was short-lived as Landry tallied his second of the game at the 16:57 mark on another five-on-three power play for Arizona. The game remained 4-1 for the final three minutes and the Sundogs won the first ever matchup between the teams.
The Mavericks will host the Sundogs again on Saturday, January 9 at Independence Events Center. The Mavericks are offering free H1N1 shots to fans from 6-8 p.m. For tickets call (866) 443-8849 or visit www.MissouriMavericks.com for more information.
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