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March 19, 2011
Mavs Lose to Wichita, 5-3
Turner Conference race remains tight
Independence, Missouri – The Missouri Mavericks and Wichita Thunder continued their back-and-forth ways Saturday night at Independence Events Center as the Mavs fell to the rival Thunder, 5-3. Mike Wakita would score his first goal in over five months and Ray DiLauro scored his 10th goal of the season in the effort, but in the end, Wichita’s power play took the game over and the Thunder skated to victory.
Ryan Jardine would notch his 20th goal of the season just 39 seconds into the game, giving the Mavs an early 1-0 lead. The CHL’s leader in plus/minus rating, Blake Forsyth was given an assist on the goal. Steven Later was also given a helper on the Jardine score. Wichita responded nine minutes later with a goal from Aaron Davis on a broken stick changeup that fooled goaltender Gerry Festa. The goal was unassisted. The Mavericks would regain the lead two and a half minutes later on a power play goal from Ray DiLauro. The goal was DiLauro’s 10th of the season. Steven Later got his second assist of the game on the goal and Nick Sirota extended his point streak to five games with an assist as well. After one period of play, the Mavs and Wichita had both tallied 10 shots on goal.
Eight minutes into the second period, Mike Wakita scored on a shot from the point that trickled through Kevin Beech’s legs. The goal was Wakita’s first goal since the first game of the season against the Odessa Jackalopes on October 15. Mike Berry and Toby Lafrance were credited with the assists on the goal. Wichita responded just under a minute later on a goal from A.J. Gale. Daniel Tetrault was credited with the assist on the goal. The Thunder would even the score on another tally from Gale. Davis found his way onto the score sheet again with an assist on the goal. The Thunder outshot the Mavs 10-5 in the period and held a 20-15 shot advantage after two frames.
Wichita would take command in the third period, getting a late goal with under three minutes left from Troy Schwab. The assist on the goal went to Brent Cullaton. Wichita would add an empty net goal with 20 seconds left in the game from Matt Robinson and skate to the 5-3 victory.
Missouri finished the night one-for-seven on the power play. Wichita scored two power play goals on the Mavs for the second straight game and finished two-for-five with man power advantages. Wichita outshot the Mavericks 30-25 on the night.
The Mavericks have already punched their ticket to the 2011 Ray Miron President’s Cup Playoffs, and the first two home playoff games are on sale now. Fans can purchase playoff tickets any of the following ways: online at www.Ticketmaster.com, over the phone at (800) 745-3000 or at the Independence Events Center Box Office. Should the Mavericks secure a top four seed, the first two home playoff games will be on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2.
Just two home games remain on the Mavericks’ schedule. The Mavs wrap up their three-game weekend with the Mississippi RiverKings late tomorrow afternoon at 5:05 pm. Wichita returns on Tuesday, March 22 for the final home game of the season and final meeting between the Thunder and Mavericks at 7:05 pm.