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Three Observations: Mavericks 1, Rush 2

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Kansas City Mavericks fell by a 2-1 score Tuesday to the Rapid City Rush at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. 

Here are three observations from the game:

Slow Starters
The Mavericks came out flat in the first period against Rapid City and a 2-0 deficit through 20 minutes of play proved costly as KC was unable to climb out of the early hole. Goals from Matt Caito and Kenton Miller in the opening frame left the Mavs on their heels heading into the second, and the home team battled but couldn't find openings behind Adam Vay for the equalizer.

Elby On The Board
Tyler Elbrecht hit the back of the net for the first time this season, going five-hole to cut a 2-0 deficit in half. Aside from winning all fans in attendance a free root beer float from area A&W restaurants, the captain's score swung momentum and appeared to be the spark to ignite the comeback, but it was not to be. With Elbrecht's goal, every active Maverick defenseman has scored on the year.

A Missed Opportunity
The Mavericks appeared to get help in the standings as the Indy Fuel fell to the Toledo Walleye during play in Kansas City with the team with the lowest point total at the other end of the ice from the Mavs. KC was unable to take advantage and remains a a point back from Indy, three back of Kalamazoo and four back from Cincinnati. The Wings have two games in hand on the Mavs and Cincinnati holds four still to be played.

The Mavericks are back in action on Friday as they begin a two-game set against the Fort Wayne Komets with a 7:05 p.m. game. Saturday's Hockey Heritage Night game will feature a postgame warm-up jersey auction to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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