INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Kansas City Mavericks finished off a double-header sweep of the Fort Wayne Komets with a 4-3 win Saturday night at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Here are three observations from the game:
Twice As Nice
The Mavericks' 4-3 win was the second night in a row in which they willed themselves to a win despite trailing through two periods of play, a scenario that Fort Wayne had been comfortable with this season. Prior to this weekend's games, the Komets were 27-0-0-0 when leading at the second intermission - the squad leaves KC with a 27-2-0-0 mark on the year. It's a testament to the Mavericks' ability to grind teams down over the course of the game, their competitive nature and their ability to fight through adversity that they emerged with a weekend sweep of the previously-hottest team in the ECHL.
Loud and Clear
The Mavericks remain a point out of the playoff picture but made a statement loud and clear this weekend - they're not going away. Fort Wayne came into this weekend's games having not lost a game in regulation since January, undefeated when leading through two periods of play and nipping at Toledo's heels for the top spot in the Central Division. The Mavericks didn't blind, taking both games in come-from-behind fashion and improving to 4-1-0-0 on the year against the Komets. The Mavericks have shown an ability all season to rise to the occasion when facing stiff competition, and this weekend's games further cemented that trait from head coach John-Scott Dickson's squad.
Adam Carlson was simply fantastic on the night, stopping a season-high 39 shots - many on quality chances - to lead the Mavericks to a win. Carlson leaves the weekend 2-0-0-0 against the top-scoring team in the ECHL with only five goals against in two games and 66 saves on 71 shots faced. This is all the more impressive given the fact that Carlson had sat the previous three games behind ECHL Goalie of the Week Mavric Parks and Carlson's ability to shake off a tough game Feb. 18 against Florida. The Washington Capitals prospect was nothing short of stellar in both games this weekend and will surely draw consideration for another weekly award for the Mavericks.
The Mavs hit the road for a four-game swing against Mountain Division teams, starting with a Wednesday date against the Colorado Eagles, and will return home on Saturday the 17th as they host the Tulsa Oilers on Fan Appreciation Night.
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