February 28, 2023
Mavericks take league-leading Cherokee to final seconds in pair of games
Lewis Center, Ohio – After a week’s break, the Mavericks returned to Lewis Center to host the Cherokee on Friday night.
Piercen Garcia started the game off strong for the Mavs, scoring his eighth goal of the season with assists from Yannick Rizzi and Jacob Lamaster 7:54 into the first period. The lead was short lived, however, as Toledo tied up the game at 1-1 only 41 seconds later.
Toledo went on to take the lead only 2:16 into the second period, though they took a tripping penalty at 4:29. With only three seconds left in the Mavericks’ power play, Carson Johnston scored an unassisted goal to again tie up the game, 2-2.
Toledo again broke the tie 3:33 into the third period, and led the Mavericks 3-2 throughout most of the rest of regulation. But with two minutes left on the clock, Jadon Beard assisted Cameron DeForest to finish regulation tied at 3-3.
Nonetheless, an interference minor penalty on Colin Crowley at 18:31 in the third period meant that the Mavericks started overtime at a one man disadvantage, and Toledo was able to keep the puck uncomfortably close to Brendan Cobb throughout their power play. Although the Mavericks were able to successfully kill off the penalty, the Cherokee scored only eight seconds later, 0:37 into overtime, to take a 4-3 win.
Toledo, Ohio – The series continued in the Team Toledo Ice House on Saturday evening.
Both teams played hard and succeeded in keeping the puck out of the net for the majority of the game. Despite three minor penalties in the second period, the Mavs successfully killed off all six minutes, and the game remained scoreless until 19:50 in the third period.
But a broken play and a resulting penalty call on a Toledo breakaway in the final few seconds of regulation would determine the outcome of the game. With the slashing penalty called on Charlie Friel, the referees awarded Toledo with a penalty shot – a shot that Toledo succeeded in to finish the game 1-0 and to finish the season with a 7-0 record over the Mavericks.
For their final away game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon, the Mavericks travel to Cincinnati, before hosting the Cyclones for the final home game of the season at 3:15 on Sunday, March 5.
Winnie Ha, Mavericks Communications