INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Kansas City Mavericks dropped the home stand finale to the Quad City Mallards by a 5-3 final Saturday night at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Here are three observations from the game:
A Valiant Effort
The Mavericks erased a three-goal third-period deficit to draw even at 3-3 before Quad City found the back of the net with less than two minutes remaining in the game. It was the second-straight game that the Mavs have come back from down three, though the team couldn't quite finish off the comeback effort this time around. While the fight in the team is no doubt an encouraging sign, there is no doubt that the Mavericks will work on starting games quicker so as not to dig themselves a hole. Speaking of...
For the second-straight game, Kansas City trailed 3-0 early. Kalamazoo was up 3-0 through one period of play last night and the Mavericks trailed 3-0 early in the second period this time around. It was a troubling start for the Mavericks up against a team that struggles in the first period, entering today's game with a 26-11 deficit in the first 20 minutes of play on the year. Three off days between tonight's game and their next contest, a road trip to Wichita Wednesday, will no doubt do the Mavericks good.
Highs and Lows
After last night's emotional win over Kalamazoo, a tight turnaround could have meant trouble to 'get up' for the next game. The Mavericks may have come out flat or may have just not executed in the first spurt of play, but the team was able to rebound and rally back even. Through 22 games on the year the Mavericks are 12-10-0-0 despite key players missing significant time to injury. As the schedule slows a bit over the next two weeks the Mavericks will look to take advantage of some down time and recover.
Bonus Observation: A Thank You
The Mavericks would like to thank all 5,300-plus fans who came to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena for HoKCey and Hope Night and donated bandages, sponsored by CCR Roofing, and/or participated in the teddy bear toss, presented by Certified Radon. Another big thank you to the fans who purchased a jersey in the postgame auction to benefit Braden's Hope and Noah's Bandage Project.
The Mavs' next home game comes a week from tomorrow, a Sunday, Dec. 10 game against the Allen Americans at 4:05 p.m.
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