Independence, MO (Dec. 31st) - Wichita (7-19-1-3) and Missouri (24-3-0-1) rang in the New Year for the second-straight season at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on Thursday night and the Mavericks came out on top by the final of 7-1. The Thunder tallied the first goal before Missouri recorded the next seven for their ninth victory in the season-series.
Mason Baptista had the lone Thunder marker on the night.
Wichita got off to a good start as Baptista tipped in a shot from Neal at 1:42 of the first. After making two saves, Grant Rollheiser left the game with an apparent injury and David Shantz was forced into action.
Rocco Carzo tied the contest at 6:25 when he found a loose puck in the slot and fired it past Shantz. At 10:56, David de Kastrozza gave the Mavericks their first lead as he redirected a shot from the blue line for his fourth of the year. Andrew Courtney potted home a power play goal with 25 seconds left in the opening frame and a 3-1 advantage.
The Mavericks added three in the second, including two in a two-minute span. At 7:08, Tanner Fritz recorded a shorthanded goal, eight seconds after the Thunder went on a power play, to make it 4-1. Courtney found the net for the second time in the contest at 9:12 and Carter Verhaeghe added another to give Missouri a 6-1 lead after two.
Reed Seckel tacked on one more in the third frame with five minutes left and the scoring ended with the home team taking a 7-1 victory.
Baptista tallied his eighth of the year. Neal has points in his last four games (1g, 3a). Sides has five points in his last four contests (1g, 4a). Shantz suffered the loss in relief, stopping 26 of 33 shots. Robinson claimed the win, stopping 15 of 16 shots he faced.
Wichita was 0-for-3 on the power play. Missouri went 1-for-4 on the man advantage.
The Thunder makes its first trip of the season to Indy to take on the Fuel on Saturday, January 2nd at 6:35 p.m. CST.
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