ALLEN, Texas – Matt Robertson’s power-play goal at 1:13 of overtime Wednesday night at Allen Event Center certainly made for a pleasant ride to Wichita, Kan., for coach John-Scott Dickson’s Kansas City Mavericks.
The Mavericks rallied from a 2-0 deficit to claim a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Americans before opening a two-game series Friday against the Wichita Thunder.
“Yeah, a lot better bus ride,” Dickson said by phone. “I honestly feel like we outwork every team we play on a nightly basis. We have some off nights, but this team works so hard, and you don’t get a win like this without working hard.
“It’s nice to get Matt back in the lineup (after being sidelined with an injury in mid-November), but we play without (scoring leader) Mike McMurtry tonight. He’s out for some maintenance issues and should be back soon, but that’s a big loss to the team and the boys responded.”
The 14-14-0-1 Mavericks outshot the Americans by a 47-26 margin, the most shots on goal from the Mavs this season as well as the most chances by an Americans opponent in 2017.
The 15-7-3-1 Americans seized the early lead, finding the back of the net twice in the first period despite being outshot 11-6.
Kansas City countered with a dominant second period for the second-straight night, carrying play and claiming a 20-8 advantage in shots on goal. Hunter Smith scored on a power play at the 12:08 mark and Dan Correale knotted the score at 2-all with his fourth goal of the season at 14:42.
Both teams claimed a goal in the third period, the Americans scoring with less than five minutes left on the clock before a quick score from the Mavericks, as Jared VanWormer deflected an Alex Brooks shot past Stephon Williams.
“VanWormer’s deflection was huge, since they had just taken the lead,” Dickson said. “Like I said, our guys never give up.”
MAVS ADD GOALIE: The Mavericks signed goalie Kent Patterson from Fayetteville of the Southern Professional Hockey League Wednesday.
He will serve as a backup to Mason McDonald, who is now starting for the Mavericks with the lower body injury to Tyler Parsons,
Patterson, 28, is a former fourth-round pick in the NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche in 2007. He spent time last season with five different ECHL teams, playing in eight games with Rapid City and five each for Atlanta and Wichita.
The 6-foot-1, 196-pounder has played in seven SPHL games this season and owns a .900 save percentage while splitting time between the Fayetteville Marksmen and Pensacola Ice Flyers.
In 87 career games in the ECHL, Patterson owns a 3.35 goals against average, an .896 save percentage and a record of 29-39-9-2.
“Patterson is an older guy who has had some success and we think he will be a good addition to the team, especially with a young guy like Mason in the net,” Dickson said.