TOLEDO, Ohio - The Kansas City Mavericks fell short in the first of two-straight against the Toledo Walleye, dropping Friday's contest by a 2-1 final score at the Huntington Center.
Here are three observations from the game:
Another Fast Start
For the second-straight game the Mavericks were able to jump on top early, but for the second straight game that was not enough as a divisional opponent came back to earn a win over Kansas City. This time it was Shawn Pauly scoring first less than five minutes into the game a lead that lasted through the first intermission. Dylan Sadowy scored five minutes into the second period and Mike Borkowski scored the game winner just over a minute into the third.
The Mavericks appeared to take the lead late in the second as Danny Smith beat Pat Nagle for what looked like should've been a 2-1 lead, but the goal was waved off as the officials determined that Nagle had been interfered with, and the goal was waved off. It was a close play that could have gone either way, but was no doubt a blow to the Mavericks who had thought they took momentum back onto their side. Credit to the team that they just kept playing and did not lose a step, but nonetheless that could have been seen as a turning point in the game.
Kicking Down the Door
The Mavericks have now lost four straight, their longest such streak of the season. A tweak here or there could prove to be the difference in turning Ls into Ws as the Mavericks have continued to show the characteristics that brought them toward the top of the standings - selfless, blue-collar, gritty hockey that will no doubt pay dividends down the road. One bounce, one break could be all this team needs to get back in the win column and get back on a roll. The Mavericks are knocking on the door, they now have to just kick it in.
The Mavericks and Walleye face off once again Saturday night at the Huntington Center, a 6:15 p.m. puck drop.
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