WICHITA, Kan. - The Kansas City Mavericks fell to the Wichita Thunder by a 3-1 final score Wednesday night at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita.
Here are three observations from the game:
Tough Third Period
Tied 1-1 at the end of the second period, tonight's contest was there for the taking entering the third. Wichita seized control with a goal 5:23 into the frame, Chad Butcher's first pro goal, and then got an insurance marker five minutes later to produce the decisive 3-1 final score. The third period has been tough on the Mavericks this season, having been outscored now 27-19 in the final 20 minutes of play. The eight-goal difference is the biggest gap in scoring for any period this year for the Mavericks.
Kansas City was held 0-for-3 on the man-advantage in this game and is now 0-for-20 against the Thunder in six games this season. The loss drops the Mavericks to 4-8 on the year when not scoring on the power play. KC will now get a three-day break before their next game and will look to right the ship on special teams, having gone 1-for-17 on the power play in five games since the team's 6-3 win over Indy.
While the Mavericks did not leave Wichita with their third win over the Thunder this season, Kansas City continued to show its grit in outshooting the Thunder by a 30-26 margin and pushing the team with the best record in the Western Conference for all 60 minutes. This comes despite the Mavericks missing key personnel in the game including alternate captain Rocco Carzo (likely out for the season), Matt Robertson and Darren Nowick (on injured reserve) as well as Troy Donnay and Shawn Pauly.
The Mavericks will face the Allen Americans on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. and Monday night at 7:05 p.m. at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. Tickets for those games remain on sale.
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