TOLEDO, Ohio – For the second night in a row, the Kansas City Mavericks took an early lead against an ECHL Central Division rival only to see that team come back and claim a victory.
Shawn Pauly scored his 13th goal just five minutes into the first period, but that was it for the Mavericks offense as they fell 2-1 to Toledo, the top team in the Central Division.
The Mavericks (25-23-0-1) dropped further into fifth place in the division with just 51 points. Kalamazoo and Cincinnati are in fourth with 54, Fort Wayne is in second with 64 and the Walleye (31-12-2-2) are in first with 66.
Dylan Sadowy tied the game for Toledo early in the second, and the Mavericks appeared to score later in the frame as Danny Smith beat Toledo goaltender Pat Nagle for what looked like a 2-1 advantage. After some discussion, it was ruled that Nagle had been impeded on the play and the score was waved off.
“We had a goal called off that shouldn’t have been,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said by phone. “We played great and worked extremely hard. It’s just one of those games where the other team scored one more goal than we did.”
Toledo jumped on top early in the third period, scoring just 1:13 into the frame as Mike Borkowski was able to put home a loose puck for the decisive tally.
Mavericks goalie Mason McDonald, who rejoined the team from Stockton Friday, stopped 34 of 36 shots. Tyler Parsons, who started in Thursday’s loss in Cincinnati, was recalled to Stockton earlier Friday.
The Mavericks are 0-2 on their Ohio road trip. They meet Toledo again at 6:15 (Central time) tonight.