PHN’s Best Shots of the Game: Missouri Mavericks vs. Allen Americans 12/21/12

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Kenton Miller scored 25 seconds into overtime and the Missouri Mavericks defeated the Allen Americans 3-2 Friday night at the Independence Events Center. Sebastien Thinel and Kyle Hood each had a goal and an assist for Missouri and goaltender Mike Clemente stopped 33 of 35 shots in the win. Americans’ forward Scotty Howes scored both of the visiting team’s goals and the Americans’ are winless against the Mavericks in two games this season. Allen got on the board first when Howes scored his 16th goal of the season on a power play. Trevor Ludwig earned the only assist on the play and the 1-0 lead stood until the third period.
The Mavericks finally broke through when the CHL’s leading scorer, Sebastien Thinel, scored his 11th goal of the season on an assist by Andrew Courtney at the 3:53 mark of the final period. Missouri then took the lead when the newest Maverick, Kyle Hood, scored on a blast from the right circle at the 12:26 mark. Ryan Jardine and Dave Pszenyczny assisted on the play, but the Americans would not go quietly. Allen scored with 1:13 remaining in regulation with an extra attacker on Howes’ second goal of the game. He came in along the right wing and lifted the puck over the shoulder of Clemente to send the game into overtime.
Missouri made quick work of the overtime as Kenton Miller moved a rebound to his backhand and beat Americans’ goaltender Aaron Dell. The goal came just 25 seconds into the extra frame and Thinel and Hood each earned assists on the winning goal. The following images were recorded at the Independence Events Center on Friday evening.

Missouri%27s Mac the Mascot entertains the crowd in his Santa outfit

Missouri%27s Mac the Mascot entertains the crowd in his Santa outfit

Missouri%27s Evan Vossen attempts to take possession of the puck

Missouri%27s Evan Vossen attempts to take possession of the puck

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Allen%27s Drew Daniels takes a shot

Allen%27s Drew Daniels takes a shot

Missouri netminder Mike Clemente at the ready

Missouri netminder Mike Clemente at the ready

Missouri%27s Riley Emmerson and Allen%27s Kip Brennan settle their differences

Missouri%27s Riley Emmerson and Allen%27s Kip Brennan settle their differences

Missouri%27s Ryan Jardine battles Mike Berube near the boards

Missouri%27s Ryan Jardine battles Mike Berube near the boards

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A K State fan gets 40-winks during intermission

A K State fan gets 40-winks during intermission

Allen goalie Aaron Dell readies himself as the action draws near

Allen goalie Aaron Dell readies himself as the action draws near

Missouri%27s Brandon Smith moves the puck into the fray

Missouri%27s Brandon Smith moves the puck into the fray

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Allen%27s Scotty Howes battles Missouri%27s Kyle Atkins for the puck

Allen%27s Scotty Howes battles Missouri%27s Kyle Atkins for the puck

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