The Missouri Mavericks completed the four-game sweep of the Quad City Mallards in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Friday night in Moline, ending the season of the eighth seeded Mallards. Despite have a 3-0 lead in the series, the two teams had played a very tight series, and the Mavericks needed a late shorthanded goal in Game Three on Wednesday night to take down the Mallards.
The Mavericks would break the mold in Game Four, backed by another solid performance from the reigning ECHL Goalie of the Year Josh Robinson between the pipes. Bryce Aneloski would get the Mavericks on the board first, putting home a power play goal despite a diving effort from Mallards goalie PJ Musico. The opening frame would end with that score in tact.
The Mavericks would put a stranglehold on the game and the Mallards season with two goals in the second period. Chris Owens would put the Mavericks up 2-0 after his shot from the point deflected off the skate of Jordan Knackstedt and past Musico. Rocco Carzo would bury a backhand off a rebound after a wrister from Carter Verhaeghe drilled the post behind Musico to make it 3-0 Mavericks, and that’s how the second period would end.
Sam Warning would get the Mallards on the board at the 7:54 mark of the third period, banging home a loose puck in the slot. That would be the only blemish for Robinson on the scoresheet, who finished with 24 saves on the night. Verhaeghe would add the insurance goal four minutes later, giving the Mavericks a 4-1 lead and that’s how the game would end.
Missouri heads onto Round Two of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Mavericks will open their Conference Semifinals series on Friday, April 29th at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. Their opponent will be the winner of the series between the Idaho Steelheads and the defending Kelly Cup Champion Allen Americans.
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