INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Kansas City Mavericks saw their losing streak hit three games as they fell 4-2 to the Wichita Thunder Saturday night at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Here are three observations from tonight’s game:
Robby Regains His Touch
Matt Robertson lit the lamp in five of the team’s first six games before seeing a scoreless stretch of three contests. He hit the back of the net twice on this night, scoring in the first and the second periods, to supply the offense for the Mavericks against Wichita.
Getting To Our Game
After last night’s 6-2 loss, the Mavericks got back in the saddle and stared down the top team in the league standings for a tight-checking, hard-fought 60 minutes of hockey. The Mavericks outshot Wichita for the second consecutive night and appeared to tie the game in the third before the goal was waved off for the net being dislodged. The penalty kill bounced back nicely with a three-for-four performance, the lone goal coming on a 5-on-3 advantage for the Thunder, and the Mavericks did a better job on the back check as a whole.
Ebbs and Flows
In a 72-game season things will go right and things will go wrong. At the time of this post the Mavericks sit sixth in the Central division with 62 games remaining. Kansas City started last year slowly as well before clawing back into the playoff race as the season wound down, finishing just outside of the playoffs. With plenty of hockey left to play, look for the Mavericks to stick to the basics and stay with their game – a blue-collar approach, gritty fore-checking, responsible back checking and outworking opponents. No better time to start than Tuesday morning against Tulsa.
The Mavericks will hold their annual Kids Day Game on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. against Tulsa as the team welcomes children from schools across the Kansas City area to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
For all the latest on the Mavericks, follow the team on Twitter (@KC_Mavericks), Instagram (kcmavericks), Facebook (Kansas City Mavericks) and Snapchat (KCMavericks), download the team’s free mobile app (Kansas City Mavericks) and keep checking in to KCMavericks.com.