INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Kansas City Mavericks went 1-2-0-0 last week to conclude a season-long eight-game home stand, defeating Colorado on Tuesday but dropping two games against the Cincinnati Cyclones Friday and Saturday.
Here’s a look back at last week and a look at what is yet to come this week in Mavericks hockey.
Last Week’s Results
Kansas City 3, Colorado 1 – Three Observations
Kansas City 1, Cincinnati 5 – Three Observations
Kansas City 1, Cincinnati 4 – Three Observations
This Week’s Schedule
Kansas City (25-21-0-1) at Cincinnati (24-18-2-0) – Thursday, 6:35 p.m.
Kansas City at Toledo (29-12-2-2) – Friday, 6:15 p.m.
Kansas City at Toledo – Saturday – 6:15 p.m.
Central Division Standings
Toledo – 62 points – 29-12-2-2
Fort Wayne – 60 points – 29-13-2-0
Kansas City – 51 points – 25-21-0-1
Kalamazoo – 50 points – 23-17-2-2
Cincinnati – 50 points – 24-18-2-0
Indy – 41 points – 19-21-2-1
Quad City – 32 points – 14-25-3-1
Goals – Mike McMurtry/Matt Robertson (15), Mark Cooper (14)
Assists – Bryce Aneloski (22), Patch Alber (21), Mike McMurtry (18)
Points – Mike McMurtry (33), Mark Cooper (30), Matt Robertson (28)
Penalty Minutes – Tyler Elbrecht (121), Troy Donnay (61), Hunter Smith (47)
Save Percentage – Tyler Parsons (.908), Chris Nell (.895), Mason McDonald (.892)
Goals Against Average – Tyler Parsons (2.97), Chris Nell (3.15), Mason McDonald (3.22)
On The Road Again
The Mavericks hit the road for the first time in a month as they head to the Buckeye State for three games. Kansas City, which enters the road trip with a 14-9-0-0 record on the year away from Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, will face Central Division foe Cincinnati on Friday and Toledo on Saturday and Sunday.
Mark Cooper enters Thursday’s game on a six-game scoring streak with seven points in that span, four goals and three assists. The Toronto, Ontario native has reached the 30-point mark on the season with his recent spurt, now second on the team in scoring behind only Stockton Heat signee Mike McMurtry.
Aneloski, Alber Racking Up Assists
The Mavericks are led in assists by two defensemen – Bryce Aneloski and Patch Alber. Aneloski leads the way with 22 assists and Alber has totaled 21 so far this season. Aneloski’s mark is already a career high with 25 games remaining in the regular season while Alber is still eyeing his high-water mark of 36 assists, set last year with Adirondack.
After defeating the top team in the Western Conference on Tuesday, the Mavericks came up short in a pair of games against Cincinnati to close out the season-long eight-game home stand. There is now a log jam for the final two playoff spots in the Central Division, the Mavericks currently sitting in third with 51 points on the year and Kalamazoo and Cincinnati right on their heels with 50 points each. Both the Wings and Cyclones have three games in hand on the Mavericks at this point and Kansas City has just one game left against either of those teams for the remainder of the season (at Cincinnati on Thursday).
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