INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Kansas City Mavericks (5-6-0-0) beat the Tulsa Oilers (5-4-2-2) by a 5-2 final score in fron of a capacity crowd of 5,850 fans Tuesday at the annual Kids Day Game to bust out of a three-game losing streak.
Here are three observations from the Mavs' first home win of the season:
Pauly Posts A Hat Trick
Shawn Pauly scored two goals in the game's first seven minutes and finished off his first-career hat trick with a tally late in the third period to punctuate the win for Kansas City. Pauly earned first star of the game (obviously) while posting the Mavericks' first hat trick since Lukas Lofquist scored three, also against Tulsa, on Nov. 5, 2016. Pauly has played a big role for the Mavericks of late, scoring the shootout winner against the Atlanta Gladiators in the first game of that series and claiming a goal against the Wichita Thunder this past weekend. The Bellingham, Washginton native's production has provided a big boost for the Mavericks as they worked to bust out of their recent slump.
The Mavericks announced a capacity-plus crowd of 5,850 fans at Tuesday morning's Kids Day Game, and the energy was flowing right out of the gate. For all 60 minutes, the thousands of kids from Kansas City area schools were energetic, enthusiastic and engaged. The crowd unquestionably made a difference in the game and helped the Mavericks burst out of the gate to the tune of a 3-0 lead through one period.
Can't Stop This Streak
With their second win over Tulsa this season, the Mavericks now own a seven-game win streak over the Oilers dating back to February. This one was never in doubt as the Mavericks claimed the early lead and goalie Tyler Parsons stopped 34 shots to help seal the win. It was a complete team performance with strong special teams (2-for-4 power play, 3-for-4 penalty kill), scoring from the blue line (Bryce Aneloski's power play goal) and Pauly's strong play in the offensive end. The win gets the Mavs some momentum as they pack their bags for a Wednesday date with the Tulsa Oilers tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. It will be the fourth meeting between the teams this season but the first away from Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
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