INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Kansas City Mavericks topped the Quad City Mallards by a 5-2 final Saturday night at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Here are three observations from the win:
Tied 0-0 into the second period, Mark Cooper found the back of the net twice on the man advantage for a 2-0 edge, and the team never looked back as the Mavs outraced the Mallards in the 5-2 win. Kansas City is now 11-1-0-0 on the year when outscoring opponents on the power play and is 15-4-0-1 when scoring at least one power play goal. The forward boosted his season total to 10 goals on the year in his second two-goal game of the season. Cooper is now third on the roster in scoring for the year with 24 points.
Home Sweet Home
Kansas City entered this three-game home stand with a bleak 4-8-0-1 record at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena but responded by taking all six points and allowing opponents to combine for just one of a possible six over the three-game span. The Mavericks have now won six of their last seven games and seven of their last nine overall as they have hit their stride despite encountering more than their fair share of injuries and roster movement.
The Mallards limped into Silverstein Eye Centers Arena with a record of 0-10-2 since their last win on Dec. 2, and the Mavericks came at Quad City in waves in the game. KC ran up 39 shots on goal in the win, five finding the back of the net including three in the final 20 minutes as the Mavericks poured it on late. The aggressive offensive approach has been countered of late by responsible defensive play and steady performance between the pipes from Mason McDonald.
The Mavericks will now have six days off before heading to Ohio for games on Friday (6:35) against Cincinnati and Saturday (6:15) at Toledo. The next home games for the Mavericks will be against Central Division foe Toledo, a weekend triple-header Jan. 19 through 21, including Harry-Potter-themed Mavericks Wizarding World night on the 20th. Tickets for all three games remain on sale.
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