12/19/2014 9:45 PM
INDEPENDENCE, MS – The Beast iced a solid third period tonight, but it was not enough as the Mavericks came strong out of the gates at the puck drop. The final score between the two teams was 6-2 for the Mavericks. It was certainly a strange game, with three goals (both of Brampton’s) going in off of an opposing player. The Beast had a slow start, allowing three goals in the first period and making it difficult for a come back.
Maverick’s forward Andrew Courtney opened up the night with a one timer at the 7:06 mark in the first period. Missouri continued to apply pressure and went on to tally two more in the first frame making it 3-0 for the Mavericks. At the 11:30 mark in the second, Brayden Rose scores first for the Beast with a shot that’s deflected off a Missouri player making it a 4-1 game. Trevor Cann, who came into the net at the start of the second in relief of Grant Rollheiser, made one of the best saves of the year, flashing his leather to stop a cross-crease shot.
However, even with Cann’s performance, the Mavericks slipped two passed him making it 6-1. With 1:19 to go in the second period, Pitton cuts Missouri’s lead after making a backhand pass to the top of the crease that deflected off a Mavericks’ skate and into the net.
The third period remained a 6-2 game as the Beast shutdown the Mavericks from furthering scoring. The Beast will not have to wait long to redeem themselves as they travel to Quad City to take on the Mallards tomorrow night. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:05 pm EST.