PHN’s Best Shots of the Game: Mavs notch win against the Americans to take first place

phn-bsogINDEPENDENCE, Missouri – The Missouri Mavericks take the number one spot in the Central Hockey League with a 6-3 victory over the Allen Americans.

The Americans scored not once, but twice in the opening two minutes of play, taking a significant lead over the Mavericks.  But not ready to let the game get away from them on a couple of fluke goals, Missouri kept the pressure high and Mike Ramsay cut the Americans’ lead in half, assisted by Colt King and Trevor Kell.

Both teams fought through an onslaught of penalties, totaling 17 minutes in the first period alone, with an aggressive showing from both the Mavericks and the Americans.

Andrew Courtney notched the equalizer 3:26 into the second period, aided by Sebastien Thinel and Eric Castonguay on the power play.  Allen struck in the final five minutes of the second to take the lead 3-2, but only 8 seconds later Eric Castonguay answered back to tie it up again at 3-3.

Third period underway, Mike Ramsay took control of the game for the Mavericks with a power play goal during the ‘Minute of Madness,’ 31 seconds into play.  Colt King expanded the Mavs’ lead with the help or Trevor Kell and Obi Aduba on the power play, and Rob Kleebaum tallied his second empty net goal in two games to bring the final count to 6-3 Mavericks.

With the Mavericks win over the Americans and Rapid City’s loss to Denver, Missouri captures the number one spot in the Central Hockey League with 58 points.

Independence, MO - Allen forward Daryl Bootland scores and early goal in the first period. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO – Allen forward Daryl Bootland scores and early goal in the first period. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO - Missouri defenseman Jeff Buvinow runs Allen forward Garrett Klotz behind the goal. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO – Missouri defenseman Jeff Buvinow runs Allen forward Garrett Klotz behind the goal. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO - Defenseman Colten Hayes is taken down by Allen forward Kale Kerbashian. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO – Defenseman Colten Hayes is taken down by Allen forward Kale Kerbashian. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO - Allen netminder Mark Guggenberger deflects a puck to the right of the net.  (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO – Allen netminder Mark Guggenberger deflects a puck to the right of the net. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO - Newly signed defenseman Jeff Buvinow stands ready at the face off for the Mavericks.  (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO – Newly signed defenseman Jeff Buvinow stands ready at the face off for the Mavericks. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO - Forward Eric Castonguay attempts to push the puck past netminder Mark Guggenberger.  (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO – Forward Eric Castonguay attempts to push the puck past netminder Mark Guggenberger. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO - Missouri defenseman Matt Stephenson is taken down along the boards by forward Spencer Asuchak.  (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO – Missouri defenseman Matt Stephenson is taken down along the boards by forward Spencer Asuchak. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO - Missouri forward Colt King checks Allen defenseman Trevor Hendrix into the board in front of the Allen bench. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO – Missouri forward Colt King checks Allen defenseman Trevor Hendrix into the board in front of the Allen bench. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO - Allen netminder Mark Guggenberger reaches out for a puck but barely misses it allowing it to slide into the net past his blocker pad.  (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO – Allen netminder Mark Guggenberger reaches out for a puck but barely misses it allowing it to slide into the net past his blocker pad. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO - Missouri forward Obi Aduba sets up to intercept a pass coming toward forward Jamie Schaafsma. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

Independence, MO – Missouri forward Obi Aduba sets up to intercept a pass coming toward forward Jamie Schaafsma. (J. Griffith | Pro Hockey News)

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