INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Kansas City Mavericks completed a perfect 3-0 home stand with victories on Friday and Saturday against Tulsa and Quad City.
Here’s a look back at last week and a look at what is yet to come in Mavericks hockey.
Last Week’s Results
Mavericks 4, Wings 2 – Three Observations
Mavericks 5, Mallards 2 – Three Observations
This Week’s Schedule
Kansas City (20-16-0-1) at Cincinnati (21-11-1-0)
Kansas City at Toledo (21-10-2-1)
Central Division Standings
Toledo – 45 points – 21-10-2-1
Fort Wayne – 44 points – 21-10-2-0
Cincinnati – 43 points – 21-11-1-0
Kansas City – 41 points – 20-16-0-1
Kalamazoo – 35 points – 16-12-2-1
Indy – 29 points – 13-16-2-1
Quad City – 19 points – 8-21-2-1
Goals – Mike McMurtry (15), Matt Robertson (14), Mark Cooper (10)
Assists – Patch Alber (19), Bryce Aneloski (18), Mike McMurtry (17)
Points – Mike McMurtry (32), Matt Robertson (25), Mark Cooper (24)
Penalty Minutes – Tyler Elbrecht (91), Troy Donnay (56), Hunter Smith (47)
Save Percentage – Tyler Parsons (.907), Mason McDonald (.896)
Goals Against Average - Tyler Parsons (3.08), Mason McDonald (3.09)
I’m Lovin’ It
Mason McDonald has been exceptional of late, reeling off five consecutive wins while playing between the pipes for Kansas City. Since taking over the headlining role in the blue paint after Tyler Parsons’ injury, McDonald has allowed only 28 shots on 284 shots faced for a .910 Save Percentage and has gone 6-3-0-1. McDonald has earned second star of the game honors in each of the Mavericks’ last two games.
The Mavericks have won three consecutive games and six of their last seven overall, dating back to Dec. 23 at Wichita. The final three games in that stretch came at home, the team’s longest home win streak to date after a road-heavy first half of the campaign.
Two Big Weeks
After Saturday’s win over Quad City, the Mavericks are now 9-5-0-0 against Central Division opponents and just four points back of first-place Toledo in the standings. Over the next two weeks, the Mavericks will head to Ohio for one road game apiece against third-place Cincinnati in addition to the Walleye before hosting a three-game set against Toledo next weekend. The next 14 days could prove pivotal as the playoff race begins to take shape.
Freschi Keeps Rolling
Eric Freschi enters play this week on a seven-game point streak with three goals and eight assists in that span. The Cornell University alum posted five points on two goals and three assists at Wichita, coinciding with the start of the Mavericks’ string of six wins in seven games.
Second Half Surge
In head coach John-Scott Dickson’s first year as Mavericks bench boss, KC went 21-15-3-1 after the new year to claw back into playoff contention, missing out on the second season by a razor-thin margin. The Mavericks started 2018 with a 2-for-2 weekend at home, beating divisional foes Kalamazoo and Quad City on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
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