Mavs Lose Tight One In Game 2, 2-1 To Mississippi
SOUTHAVEN, Mississippi - The Missouri Mavericks lost 2-1 to the Mississippi RiverKings Wednesday night in Game 2 of the Opening Round series at DeSoto Civic Center. Mavericks' goaltender Charlie Effinger stopped 30 of 32 shots in the loss and Jeff MacDermid scored the lone goal for Missouri. Bobby Chaumont had the game-winning goal for Mississippi and RiverKings' netminder Kyle McNulty stopped 22 of 23 shots for the win. The teams will meet again in a deciding Game 3 Thursday night at DeSoto Civic Center at 7:05 p.m.
The Mavericks will host another watch party Thursday night, this time on the video boards at Independence Events Center. Admission is free and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The IEC will also have concessions available.
Mississippi took their first lead of the series at the 6:57 mark of the first on a power play goal from Kevin Truelson. The RiverKings' defenseman took a pass from Derek Landmesser and ripped a shot from the left point that beat Mavericks' Effinger stick side. Missouri didn't officially record a shot until 10 minutes of the opening period had elapsed, and the Mavs headed into the first intermission trailing 1-0.
Chaumont gave the RiverKings a 2-0 lead at 6:47 of the second period when his shot from the right point deflected off a Mavericks' defender and into the back of the net. Elias Godoy and goaltender McNulty assisted on the play, but the two-goal lead was short-lived as Missouri quickly answered.
MacDermid scored his first goal of the post-season just 36 seconds after Chaumont's goal to cut the RiverKings' lead to 2-1. Mavericks' forward Jeff Christian hustled into the Mississippi zone and tangled sticks with McNulty as the netminder was behind the Mississippi net. Christian fed MacDermid who one timed it to the far side of the net.
The Mavericks had a great chance to tie the game with 4:22 remaining in the second period when Derek Pallardy was awarded a penalty shot. Pallardy was unable to convert on the shot and the RiverKings held the lead, 2-1, through 40 minutes of play. Mississippi had a 25-12 edge in shots through two periods, although the home team also had three power plays to zero for the Mavericks.
Missouri was unable to get the equalizer in the third period despite a number of chances. The Mavericks earned their first power play of the game with just under four minutes remaining in regulation. Missouri pulled Effinger in favor of an extra attacker and a 6-on-4 situation, but McNulty stood strong in the net to preserve the win for Memphis.
If the Mavericks advance, they will face the Rapid City Rush in Round 2 of the playoffs starting at Independence Events Center on Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28. Tickets to the Mavericks' first two home games of Round 2 are on sale now. Round 2 tickets start at just $14, and fans can only purchase with a credit card by visiting the Independence Events Center Box Office, calling (866) 443-8849, or visiting www.GetTIX.net. Should the Mavericks not advance to Round 2; credit cards will be refunded minus applicable service charges.
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