INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Kansas City Mavericks went 2-1-0-0 last week, including a weekend sweep of the Fort Wayne Komets at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Here’s a look back at last week and a look ahead at what is yet to come in Mavericks hockey.
Last Week’s Results
Mavericks 1, Rapid City Rush 2 – Three Observations
Mavericks 3, Fort Wayne Komets 2 – Three Observations
Mavericks 4, Komets 3 – Three Observations
This Week’s Schedule
Mavericks at Colorado Eagles – Wednesday, 8:05 p.m.
Mavericks at Idaho Steelheads – Friday, 8:10 p.m.
Mavericks at Steelheads – Saturday, 8:10 p.m.
Central Division Standings
Toledo – 85 points – 40-14-3-2
Fort Wayne – 81 points – 39-15-2-1
Cincinnati – 68 points – 33-21-2-0
Kalamazoo – 61 points – 28-24-3-2
Kansas City – 60 points – 29-27-0-2
Indy – 57 points – 27-28-2-1
Quad City – 44 points – 20-34-3-1
Goals – Mark Cooper (17), Matt Robertson (16), Mike McMurtry/Shawn Pauly (15)
Assists – Patch Alber (29), Bryce Aneloski (25), Mike McMurtry/Mark Cooper (18)
Points – Mark Cooper (35), Mike McMurtry/Patch Alber (33)
Penalty Minutes – Tyler Elbrecht (144), Garrett Klotz (97), Troy Donnay (70)
Goals Against Average – Mavric Parks (2.02), Tyler Parsons (3.06), Adam Carlson (3.09)
Save Percentage – Mavric Parks (.925), Tyler Parsons (.905), Kent Patterson (.900)
How Sweep It Is
The Mavericks swept the Fort Wayne Komets in a Friday-Saturday double-header this past weekend, slowing the league’s then-hottest team with back-to-back setbacks. The Komets entered play 27-0-0-0 on the year when leading through two periods of play but the Mavericks posted two come-from-behind victories in the final 20 minutes, 3-2 on Friday and 4-3 on Saturday.
Carlson Shines Against Komets
Adam Carlson was a big reason the Mavericks were able to emerge with two wins over Fort Wayne, helping slow the league’s top-scoring offense to five goals over two games. Carlson turned away 66 of 71 shots faced over the two games, a .930 Save Percentage, and did not allow a third period goal in either game. The Washington Capitals prospect stopped 39 of 42 shots faced in Saturday’s win to close out the sweep.
Second Line Dominant
The play of the second line of Corey Durocher-Mark Cooper-Jared VanWormer over the pair of games against Fort Wayne to carry the load on the offensive end against the Komets. All three went for multiple points in Friday’s game, highlighted by a pair of goals from Cooper and the game-winning goal from Durocher as well as two helpers from VanWormer. Saturday belonged to No. 17, who potted two power play goals and tallied the game-winner in the third period to cap a four-point weekend for himself.
The pair of weekend wins combined with two losses from Kalamazoo over the weekend leaves the Mavericks just one point out of playoff position and has the Wings down to one game in hand on KC. Since the team’s eight-game losing streak, the Mavericks have won four of their last five games with two weekend sweeps – one over Allen and one over Fort Wayne. The Wings, meanwhile, are now 2-7-1-0 in their last 10 games.
The Mavericks begin a five-game stretch against Mountain Division opponents, four of which come on the road over the next two weeks of play. KC has been comfortable against the Mountain Division this season, owning a 14-11-0-1 against teams from that division – the team’s best record against any division in the ECHL. KC enters this week with a record of 1-1-0-1 against Colorado, Wednesday’s opponent, and 0-0-0-0 against Idaho, who the Mavericks face this weekend.
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