WICHITA, KS – After saying his team was the “most inconsistent team he has ever coached,” following Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Allen Americans, head coach Malcolm Cameron was looking for a better effort from his team in all phases of the game Friday night.
That didn’t happen.
Mental mistakes continued to plague the Thunder as they were shut out by Ville Husso and the Missouri Mavericks tonight by the score of 4-0.
Missouri’s power play got to work early on in the game, when Daulton Leville was called for tripping just two minutes in to the contest. After forcing the puck below the Thunder goal line and with both Thunder defensemen backs to the puck, rookie forward Darren Nowick collected a pass from Rocco Carzo and beat Drew Owsley to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead. That would be the eighth power play goal Wichita has allowed in the last four games.
Just 4:11 later, Sam Povorozniouk shed Jamie Doornbosch during a battle in front of the net and fired a puck over Owsley’s shoulder to give Missouri a 2-0 lead.
Wichita could not recover from the early mistakes.
With a defenseman behind his net, Owsley fumbled the puck, Shawn Pawly recovered and scored shorthanded to make it 3-0 Missouri.
The last fifteen minutes of the second would be the best stretch of play tonight for Wichita. They were forcing pucks deep on Husso, using their forecheck to create turnovers and made Husso work just a bit. The Thunder put up 17 shots in the middle frame, but Husso was tall to the task. Late in the period, Radislov Illo was called for slashing and during a collection of players after the whistle, Vincent Dunn earned an unsportsmanlike conduct call which negated the Thunder power play. Dunn didn’t see much ice time in the final period, likely because of that moment.
Wichita was not able to mount much of a comeback tonight, because they were busy killing penalties in the third period. Missouri had five straight power plays, including two extended 5-on-3s, but were not able to cash in. Tyler Elbrecht wrapped up the scoring for Missouri, when he wristed a puck in from the blueline and gave Missouri the 4-0 win. For Husso, tonight was his first professional shutout.
The Thunder fall to a 7-9-0 record at home and have only won twice on INTRUST Bank Arena ice since November 18. They will return to action on Wednesday night, when the Allen Americans come to town.
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