INDEPENDENCE, Missouri – The Missouri Mavericks took on the Evansville Icemen Tuesday night at Independence Events Center. From the start, the Mavericks showed all 5,591 fans in attendance that the night would be one not easily forgotten. The Mavericks skated to their fourth consecutive victory, their longest winning streak of the season, shattering franchise records left and right as the night went on.
The Mavericks started fast, scoring just 2:47 into the opening period on a goal from Olivier Filion. Walker Wintoneak recorded an assist on the goal. With the goal, Filion has now recorded points in six straight games. The Mavs got right back on the scoreboard a minute later on a goal from Toby Lafrance, who took a pass from Derek Pallardy and buried it in the twine, putting the Mavs up 2-0 just 3:38 into the game. The Mavericks weren’t done in the period. Ryan Jardine put a move on two Icemen defenders and lit the lamp to put the Mavs up 3-0. Cole Ruwe was given an assist on the goal. The three goals in 2:43 were the fastest in Mavericks history. The trio of tallies chased Evansville goaltender Matt Lundin from the game, who made only one save on four shots. Lundin was relieved by David Wilson. There was only one penalty in the period called, a hooking infraction by Lee Zalasky.
The Mavericks continued their record-setting pace in the second period, scoring six goals in the period from Pallardy, Nick Sirota, Blake Forsyth, Wintoneak, Mike Berry and Ray DiLauro. Forsyth’s goal was his first of the season. Sirota now has goals in four consecutive games. Also, Wintoneak’s power play goal was the Mavericks first goal with a man advantage in 29 power play chances. The Icemen got their first tally of the game when Brian Bicek scored his first of two goals, narrowing the score to 4-1. The Mavericks broke their previous record of goals in a single game on Forsyth’s goal, the seventh of the game. The Mavericks’ final tally of 11 goals is the new franchise record. The six goals in the period were also a record. Assists on the six goals were given to Ruwe, Bill Vandermeer, Berry, Nathan O’Nabigon, Lafrance, Filion, Lewis and Dominic D’Amour. The Mavericks first 10 goals were scored by 10 different players. Both the Mavericks and Icemen went zero-for-one on the power play in the period. Rob Nolan made 10 saves on 10 shots in the period and the Mavericks put up 11 shots in the period. Rob Nolan was given the rest of the game off by Head Coach Scott Hillman and Gerry Festa handled the goaltending duties for the remainder of the game.
The Icemen didn’t go out quietly though. With Matt Lundin back in net after giving up the first three goals, the Icemen would score three times in the third period on goals from Bicek, Mario Larocque and Braden Desmet. Bicek got his third and fourth points of the nights on assists on the Larocque and Desmet goals. Gerry Festa finished his one period of duty with nine saves on 12 shots. The Mavericks finished the night one-for-three on the power play, while the Icemen could not muster a power play goal in just one power play opportunity. Lundin finished with 11 saves on 15 shots. Olivier Filion led the way in the points department, with four points on one goal and three assists. Cole Ruwe and Toby Lafrance also recorded three assists each. Derek Pallardy was the leading goal scorer, adding his second goal of the game with just over a minute to play in the game
The Mavericks broke their franchise records for goals in a game with 11, goals in a period with six, combined goals in a single game with 15, most goal scorers with 10, and fastest three goals. The Mavericks also broke what is believed to be a CHL record with 10 goal scorers in a single game.