Americans drop opener to Mavericks Missouri the benefactor of multiple power plays

0b757262f9f440d1877d3e7caf7cae73.300ALLEN, Texas – Round two of the Central Hockey League playoffs began this weekend between the Allen Americans and Missouri Mavericks, both of whom were riding four game winning streaks into the Conference Finals.

It was a tight battle until near the midway point of the third period where penalty after penalty for Allen would give the momentum and the multiple man advantage situations to Missouri who didn’t squander their chances.

Missouri netminder Mathieu Corbeil stymies Allen's Jim McKenzie

Missouri netminder Mathieu Corbeil stymies Allen’s Jim McKenzie

Missouri opened the scoring when Sebastian Thinel scored unassisted from the left point, firing a shot that was redirected twice before weaving its way past Aaron Dell in the Americans net at 1:55 of the opening period.

The score remained unchanged through the opening twenty minutes of play with Allen outshooting the Mavericks 11-5 but unable to find a way past Mathieu Corbeil.

Late in the second period Kale Kerbashian fired a rocket past Corbeil to bring the game level at 16:41, assisted by Drew Daniels but the tie game was short lived.

Less than two minutes later, Dave Pszenyczny gave Missouri back its lead off assists from Ryan Jardine and Trevor Kell on the power play, which was the deciding factor in the game for Missouri. Shots through the period were even at 13 a side but Missouri held the lead, 2-1.

Mavericks teammates celebrate a goal by Dave Pszenyczny

Mavericks teammates celebrate a goal by Dave Pszenyczny

Again, in the third period, the power play would prove to be the deciding factor for Missouri as they scored two of their three, third period goals with at least a one man advantage and all within the span of three minutes.

First it was Kenton Miller, assisted by Kellan Tochkin and Sebastian Thinel at 7:40 followed by Andrew Courtney, off feeds from Sebastian Thinel and Trevor Kell at the 9:37 mark. Both goals were power play goals, with the man and two man advantage respectively.

The Mavericks capped off the night with one last goal, this time without the benefit of the man advantage, at 10:59 from Kellan Tochkin for his second of the night, assisted by Evan Zych and J.P. Testwuide.

Allen held the edge in shots for the period and the game at 13-6 for the final frame and 37-24 over three periods of action.

The Americans will look to bounce back in game two on Monday night in the best-of-seven Conference Finals at the Allen Event Center, the puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 pm CST.

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