After a thrilling come from behind victory over Tulsa on Friday night, the Mavericks still had two tough games to finish up a weekend of play. Wichita visited the IEC on Saturday night, before the Mavs took to the road to face the defending champion Texas Brahmas. Three games in three days is a tough stretch for any team, but this would be a true test for the postseason-hopeful Missouri Mavericks.
The Mavericks have owned the Wichita Thunder all season. They have defeated the Thunder in all eight meetings between the two teams, but Wichita has been playing much better hockey of late, taking down some of the top teams in the CHL. The previous meeting between these two teams was highlighted by a near line brawl, even including the two goalies dropping the gloves. On paper, it would look like an easy win for the Mavs, however the Missouri team has not played very well against the teams at the bottom of both conferences. The Mavericks were swept at home by Arizona earlier in the season, and have also lost games to Amarillo. Wichita came out firing on all cylinders, scoring two goals and blanking the Mavs in the opening period, and quieting a sold out crowd at the IEC. The second period has plagued the Mavs all season, but their play in the second session would save them from a crippling defeat. Todd Paul and Jeff Christian would both tally goals to even the score going into the third period. In the third, the Mavs would take the lead after a heads-up play by Kyle Bochek. Bochek corralled a puck in the corner and snuck a peek at Thunder goalie Scott Campbell. He noticed that Campbell was a little too far off his line, so he fired the puck at Campbell's back, which ricocheted off his numbers and found the back of the net for the go-ahead goal. Wichita would not go down quietly. Thunder forward Tomas Klempa would tie the game up with less than three minutes left with his second goal of the game. The overtime session would not be a long one. Mavs defenseman Jared Lavender would beat Campbell, only 27 seconds into the extra session to seal the Mavericks victory.
To complete the perfect weekend, the Mavericks would need to take down the defending CHL champions, the Texas Brahmas, on their home ice. The Mavs would take the first lead of the game when Toby Lafrance beat Brahmas goalie for his fourth goal of the season. The Brahmas would net the next two goals, giving them the lead, but that would be all that would get by Mavs goalie Charlie Effinger on this night. Mavs forward Brett Hammond then stole the show, netting two powerplay goals in the second period, giving the Mavs a lead that they would not relinquish. Braden Walls would add an empty netter, and the Mavs would head back to Missouri with a 4-2 victory.
- The Mavericks have now won 8 of their last 9 games
- The Mavericks move into a tie for 4th place in the Northern Conference with Mississippi
- Mavs forward Bill Vandermeer was activated from the IR list
- The Mavericks came from behind in all four games of their current winning streak
- Mavs goalie Charlie Effinger improves his record to 7-1-0 since joining the team