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Three Observations: Mavericks 0, Walleye 5

TOLEDO, Ohio - The Kansas City Mavericks fell short Saturday by a 5-0 final score against the Toledo Walleye to close out a three-game road swing through Ohio.

Here are three observations from the game:

A Humbling Effort
Not much to take from that game. Connor Crisp claimed the first opponent hat trick since last season, the Mavericks were blanked for the third time this year - the second at the hands of the Walleye - and Kansas City wrapped up a winless road trip on a low note with a 5-0 loss to Toledo. On top of that, the Mavericks showed some frustration with their recent play as the team ran up 81 penalty minutes in the game, the vast majority coming in the third period.

Change of Scenery
After an 0-3 road trip, a change of scenery will be welcome. The Mavericks return home to begin what could be a make-or-break eight-game home stand, starting Friday against the Indy Fuel. Kansas City has dug itself a hole in the Central Standings, trailing Cincinnati and Kalamazoo by multiple games with both of those teams owning games in hand, but there are still 22 games on the season for the Mavericks and plenty of time to make some noise.

Offensive Woes Continue
It goes without saying that the offense struggled on this night as the Mavericks were blanked by Toledo for the second time, but Kansas City has struggled to generate quality chances in some time now. The Mavericks have just five goals in the team's last five games and has not scored three or more goals since a 3-1 win over Colorado on Jan. 30 - a game in which the Mavericks got Mike McMurtry and Darren Nowick back from Stockton. 

The Mavericks return home on Friday to start an eight-game home stand, beginning with two games against Central Division foe Indy.

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