GREENVILLE, S.C. - Kansas City Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson sat in his hotel room in Atlanta, watching a horror film.
His Mavericks defense had just allowed seven goals in a 7-5 loss to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits Thursday morning at the Bon Secours Wellness Center.
What made it so horrific is that Dickson’s Mavericks had leads of 3-0 and 5-2 in the game and could not hold on for a victory.
“It’s the little mistakes that turn into big mistakes – mistakes that cost you a game,” Dickson said by phone after the Mavericks fell to 3-3-0-0 in the early-morning school kids contest in South Carolina. “For instance, we left guys get in front of the net and let them shoot without touching them.
“Come on, hit their stick – hit them – it’s not rocket science. Our guys know what to do, but for some reason, there is very little communication out there, and it’s cost us a couple of games this season.
“Now, we’re 3-3 in a 72-game season, but we need to get this corrected and get it corrected quickly.”
The Mavericks are in Duluth, Georgia, for games Friday and Saturday nights against the Atlanta Gladiators.
“At practice Thursday, we’re going to watch some video, so the guys know what I’m talking about,” Dickson added. “You can’t get out to 3-0 and 5-2 leads and let those leads slip away.
“It’s not all (goalie) Tyler Parsons’ fault, although I am sure there are a few shots he’d like to have another shot at. We just aren’t communicating like we should be. It’s correctable, for sure, and that’s what we’re going to work on tomorrow.”
The Mavericks got off to a fast start as goals by Matt Robertson, Justin Breton and Darren Nowick accounted for the early 3-0 lead.
Greenville fought back, scoring twice in the final minutes of the first period to make it 3-2.
The Mavericks scored two quick goals in the first three minutes of the second period as Mike McMurtry and Hunter Smith found the back of the net just 59 seconds apart starting at the 1:42 mark.
The Swamp Rabbits (3-3-0-1) roared back, scoring four goals over the period’s final 12 minutes to seize a 6-5 lead heading into the final 20 minutes.
Greenville’s Joe Houk scored a shorthanded goal in the third to put the game out of reach.
Former Mavericks goalie Ty Rimmer came on in relief of Brandon Halverson and stopped all 17 shots he faced to pick up the victory.
Parsons played two periods and allowed six goals on 22 shots and Mason McDonald played the third period, allowing the shorthanded goal on six shots.
McMurtry, Robertson, Smith and Breton all each had an assist and finished with two points for the Mavericks.
Adam Chapie had two goals and an assist and Allan McPherson added a goal and three assists to lead Greenville.