After playing nine games over the last 13 days – including a three games in three-days at three different sites weekend – it was easy for Kansas City Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson to put a positive spin on the weekend following Sunday afternoon’s 2-0 loss to the Quad City Mallards.
The loss in front of a crowd of 3,425 at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena came less than 24 hours after a 6-3 come-from-behind victory over the Indy Fuel Saturday night at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis.
“We played nine games over the past 13 days, spent 48 hours on a bus and we picked up 14 points,” Dickson said, “so it was successful overall. But you’re always disappointed when you lose at home.
“But it was pretty easy to see early on the guys didn’t have their legs. Now, that’s not making any excuses, that’s just a fact. We’re home for the next two weeks, and that’s going to be big for the team since it seems like we’ve lived on the road this season.”
Sunday’s loss was just the sixth home game this season for the 11-8-0-0 Mavericks, who were shut out for the first time since March 18 of last year, also against Quad City.
“You never want to lose two in a row, and we were able to do that with the win Saturday,” team captain Tyler Elbrecht said as the Mavericks lost 5-2 at Kalamazoo Friday night. “The win Saturday is made even bigger by today’s loss. We’re home for a while, and we have to take advantage of the opportunity of taking good care of ourselves on and off the ice, getting plenty of sleep and eating right – which is always easier at home than on the road.”
The Mallards outshot the Mavericks 32-26 and held Kansas City’s power play scoreless on five chances.
“We have to do a better job on the power play,” Dickson said. “The first three power play opportunities we didn’t even get off a shot and that’s just incomprehensible.”
Quad City forwards Ryan McGrath and Josh MacDonald scored within two minutes of each other midway through the second period for the only offense in Sunday’s game. Those goals made a winner of C.J. Motte, who picked up his first shutout of the season.
“We did all right defensively,” Dickson said, “but offensively, we just didn’t get anything going. Like I said, we’re home for two weeks and we’ll be rested and ready for Kalamazoo (7:05 p.m. Wednesday).”
MAVERICKS 6, FUEL 3: The Mavericks scored four consecutive goals Saturday night to overcome 2-1 and 3-2 deficits and claim Saturday’s win against the Indy Fuel.
Jared VanWormer scored two power play goals and added an assist as the Mavericks enjoyed their largest goal output of the season. Mike McMurtry, Shawn Pauly, Jordan Kwas and Kayle Doetzel also scored for the Mavericks.
The Fuel struck first, taking a 1-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. Van Wormer then scored his first goal of the night at the 11:11 mark, but former Mavericks forward Reed Seckel just more than three minutes later to give the Fuel a 2-1 lead.
McMurtry, Pauly and Kwas all scored in the second period to give the Mavericks a lead they never relinquished. Doetzel and Van Wormer scored in the third period to wrap up the road win.
Patch Alber, Troy Donnay, Darren Nowick and Justin Breton all added a pair of assists.
Rookie Tyler Parsons (8-5-0-0), who suffered the loss Sunday, stopped 30 of 33 shots for the win Saturday.
The Mavericks remain in second place in the ECHL’s Central Division with 22 points, six behind Toledo and one ahead of Cincinnati.