INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Kansas City Mavericks fell to 4-5 on the year with a 6-2 loss at the hands of the Wichita Thunder, who improved their record to 9-1 on the young season.
Here are three observations from tonight's game:
Overpowering Power Play
The Thunder entered play with the 14th-ranked power play in the ECHL, operating at a 15.6-percent clip. That number will jump after tonight's game in which the Thunder went 4-for-5 on the man advantage and found the back of the net in each of the team's first four power plays. The goals also came at opportune times with two coming in the second period after the Mavericks pulled back to within one goal after initially trailing by three early in the frame.
Pauly Has A Night
Shawn Pauly entered tonight's game searching for his first point and he left with two points, a goal and an assist. He was named third star of the game after his performance. Pauly's goal brought the Mavs to back within striking distance at 3-2 after he danced his way to the front of the net and beat the goalie with a backhand to light the lamp.
Starrett Does It Again
Shane Starrett was fourth in the ECHL coming into the game with a .932 Save Percentage and he stopped 41 of 43 shots faced in this game. The netminder was stout against Kansas City in the teams' last meeting as well, making 40 saves on 41 shots faced.
The Mavericks and Thunder will meet once again tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. on the Mavs' Marvel Super Hero Night. Kansas City will be adorned in Captain America themed jerseys that will be auctioned online.
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