Mavericks, Thunder set for first game of Independence Cup series

Independence, Mo. – The Missouri Mavericks in conjunction with the Wichita Thunder announced on Wednesday the teams will be playing for the Independence Cup this season presented by Independence Tourism. 
Missouri and Wichita play a total of 10 games against each other this season and the team who earns the most points against will win the Independence Cup and a $2,000 youth hockey scholarship.
“We are very happy to strengthen our rivalry with Wichita and benefit youth hockey at the same time,” Mavericks’ President and General Manager Brent Thiessen said. “This will certainly add to the excitement of our games with Wichita this season.”
Should the teams each win five games this season, the tiebreaker will be the team with the most points in the season series followed by goal differential.
The winner will be presented with the Independence Cup on March 24, 2013 in Wichita following the tenth and final game of the season between the two teams. The winner will keep possession of the cup for the following season.
Missouri opened the season on the road and have established a 2-1-1 record and five points, good for sixth place. Wichita has had a rough start, going 1-3-1 for three points in their first five contests.
  The teams will battle in the first three games for the Independence Cup this weekend. The teams will play in Wichita on Friday and Sunday nights, and the Mavericks will host the Thunder for their home opener on Saturday night at Independence Events Center. Contact Follow us on Twitter @prohockeynews

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