LOVELAND, CO – The Missouri Mavericks and Colorado Eagles game Friday night featured five goals in the final 30 minutes, physicality throughout and a Eagles flurry at the end which nearly tied up the game.
If that game was any indication for how Saturday night’s tilt would go…buckle up.
Heading into the game, Missouri was 10-0-1-0 in their last 11 games, while the Eagles are still battling to get back into the Western Conference playoff picture.
Andrew Courtney got the Mavs off to a quick start with a goal just 46 seconds into the game when he found himself perfectly positioned in front of net-minder Clarke Saunders to knock in a rebound. Trevor Ludwig and Sebastien Sylvestre and assisted on the play. Minutes later, the Eagles struck back when former Maverick Ludwig Karlsson scored his first of two goals in the Saturday night contest. Derek Rodwell was credited with the lone assist on Karlsson’s tally.
Jesse Mychan gained the lead for Colorado 5:00 into the second period with the help of Trent Daavettila and Collin Bowman. The Mavs answered back 4:46 later when David deKastrozza buried a puck into the Colorado net after Tanner Fritz forced a turnover deep in the Eagles’ zone while Missouri was short-handed.
Then the fun began.
Colorado struck just 54 seconds into the third when Mychan notched his second goal of the night assisted by Daavettila.
Missouri tied the game up once more, 3-3, at 7:14 of the frame when Jesse Root scored on a Mavs power-play with Mychan in the penalty box, aided by Tyler Barnes and defenseman Kane Lafranchise. Root’s 16th goal of the season moves him ahead of teammate Barnes as the current leading goal-scorer of the Mavs. Root is on a 6-game point streak (3G, 5A) since being reassigned to the Mavericks from the team’s AHL affiliate.
Less than a minute after Root’s game-tying goal, Karlsson scored again — assisted by Rodwell and Nyren — to give Colorado a 4-3 lead.
Then, with nine minutes remaining, tempers flared. All five players squared off and the skirmish was highlighted by the second goalie fight of the year for the Eagles, this one featuring Saunders and Stephon Williams.
As a result of the fracas, both Saunders and Williams were given game misconducts which ended their nights. Josh Robinson and Eric Levine were called on in relief.
Collin Bowman would finish the scoring, adding an empty-net goal with 51 seconds left to give the Mavericks just their fourth regulation loss of the season.