Allen, Texas—Game six was crucial for the Allen Americans. The team could close out the series with the Missouri Mavericks and move onto the Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup Finals to face the Wichita Thunder. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen as hoped. The Americans lost 6-2 to the Missouri Mavericks in front of 3,127 fans at the Allen Event Center. Andrew Courtney (hat trick), Kenton Miller (two goals) and John-Scott Dickerson scored for the Mavericks while Darryl Bootland and Anthony Maiani scored for the Americans. Aaron Dell made six saves before being replaced by Steve Silverthorn who took the loss. Mike Clemente made 25 saves on 26 shot for Missouri.
Starting the game, the Americans had no momentum and didn’t put any pressure towards the Mavericks zone while the Mavericks played with desperation that resulted in better quality chances. Missouri took an early 1-0 lead when Andrew Courtney’s wrist shot sent the puck past Aaron Dell’s glove side at the 16:53 mark. It was Courtney’s fourth goal of the series. The Mavericks went up 2-0 as Kenton Miller shot the puck from the right circle past Dell’s blocker at the 13:20 mark. It was Miller’s second goal of the series.
Kenton Miller, who had a great first period, scored his second goal of the game, a backhanded shot, past Dell’s blocker at the 7:26 mark, putting the Mavericks up 3-0. After allowing three goals in six shots, Steve Silverthorn relieved Dell in the net. With 41.4 seconds left in the first period, Anthony Maiani deflected a fake slap shot from Trevor Ludwig while the team was on the power play. But the Mavericks’ Andrew Courtney answered right back with 3.4 seconds to go in the first period, recording his second goal of the game.
In the second period, the Americans had an early chance on a sneaky shot from Kale Kerbashian. Clemente wasn’t expecting it, but did a great job squaring up the rebound. The Mavericks went up 5-1 in the second period with Andrew Courtney landing his third goal of the game at the 14:01 mark. The Mavericks’ lead went from 5-1 to 6-1 with John-Scott Dickerson’s first goal of the game and third of the playoffs; a long distance shot that went past Silverthorn at the 18:17 mark.
In the third period, down a man short, the Americans almost scored shorthanded but Clemente came up big on Jamie Schaasfma. While on the power play, the Americans scored at the 7:06 mark. Darryl Bootland’s goal cut the Mavs lead to 6-2.
With the series now tied at three games apiece after a btough loss by the Americans, tomorrow night’s game will determine which team will go the finals against the Thunder.
The game starts at 7:05 at the Allen Event Center.