BOISE, Idaho – The Kansas City Mavericks extended their point streak to four games with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Idaho Steelheads Friday night at CenturyLink Arena, earning a much-needed point in their quest to reach the playoffs.
The Mavericks had a chance to make it two points but squandered a 2-0 lead.
With the point, the Mavericks stay a point ahead of Kalamazoo (62-61) for fourth place in the ECHL’s Central Division. The Wings lost 6-2 to Fort Wayne Friday night. The top four teams in each division advance to postseason play.
"It's good to get a point to separate us from Kalamazoo and gain ground on Cincinnati, but we were up 2-0 and we started to play like we didn't want to lose, rather than we wanted to win,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said by phone. “That was addressed after the game. We need two points Saturday and will be pleased with a three-point weekend. But we can't play like we played tonight after we got the lead. We have to play like we played to get that 2-0 lead."
The Mavericks (30-27-1-2) built a 2-0 lead through two periods on goals from Troy Donnay and Matt Robertson, but a furious Idaho comeback allowed the Steelheads to score the final three goals of the game to claim the come-from-behind victory.
After a scoreless first, the Mavericks scored twice in the second period. Donnay’s slap shot from the corner resulted in his third goal of the season less than three minutes into the second period off a feed from Jordan Kwas for a 1-0 lead.
Near the end of the period, Robertson banged home a rebound off a Shawn Pauly backhand to double the lead to 2-0 through 40 minutes.
The Steelheads (34-19-4-3) roared back in the third period, getting two goals in the first 11 minutes. Brady Brassart scored his 20th of the season to make it 2-1 and Eric Sweetman added a power play goal at the 10:45 mark to force overtime.
Idaho’s Cole Ully scored the unassisted game-winner at the 3:35 mark of the five-minute extra period.
Mavericks goalie Adam Carlson stopped 34 of 37 shots. Idaho goalie Michael Bitzer faced just 19 Kansas City shots and stopped 17.
The Mavericks and Steelheads wrap up their weekend set at 8:10 p.m. (CST) Saturday.