BOISE, Idaho - The Kansas City Mavericks fell 3-2 in overtime to the Idaho Steelheads Friday night in Boise.
Here are three observations from the game:
Saved One Point
At this point in the season, scoreboard watching is a necessity. On a night in which fifth-place Kalamazoo (entered tonight one point back of KC) lost in regulation and Indy (sixth place) won, it was imperative that the Mavericks add to their point total. That's exactly what the Mavericks did, extending their point streak to four games with tonight's OT loss. While it would've been ideal to get that extra point with a win in the extra period, every point helps as the Mavs seek to make the playoffs for the second time in three years.
Strong Second Period
Both goals for the Mavericks came in the second frame, tallies from Troy Donnay and Matt Robertson. Almost ironically it was Donnay with the snipe, a shot to the blocker side corner off a gorgeous feed from Jordan Kwas for Donnay's third score of the season. Robertson scored a blue-collar goal, banging home a rebound on a rebound from a Shawn Pauly backhand. The two goals were the only scores of the contest for the Mavericks but were enough to push the game to OT.
Steelheads Hit Their Groove
Idaho entered the contest as a tough team at home, coming in 16-9-3-1 at CenturyLink Arena on the year. That doesn't happen by accident. After trailing 2-0 through two periods, the home team hit the gas pedal to the tune of three unanswered goals and a 15-5 advantage in shots on goal from the start of the third period until Cole Ully's game-winner. The Mavericks were able to weather the storm to force OT, but it was Idaho that was able to steal the extra point with one more in the win column for the Mountain Division squad.
The Mavericks and Steelheads meet once again Saturday night at 8:10 CT.
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