After playing with three teams this season, goaltender Adam Carlson found a home with the Kansas City Mavericks.
Unfortunately for coach John-Scott Dickson and his team, Carlson had to say goodbye Thursday when he was recalled to the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.
“We found out about it on Wednesday,” Dickson said in a phone call from Allen, Texas, where the Mavericks will play two games against the Americans this weekend. “Hershey was great. They told us they knew we were in a hunt for the playoffs and they wanted to know if we wanted to keep Adam – which we would have loved to do – but I told them we’re here to help players get to the next level. And I’d never stand in the way of that happening for Adam.”
With Carlson in the net, the Mavericks have earned at least one point in each of his last seven starts. In that span, Carlson registered his first shutout of the season and stopped 182 of 195 shots for a .933 save percentage and a 1.82 goals against average.
“Last week, we had four goaltenders, today we have two, and if Stockton calls up Tyler (Parson) or Mase (Mason McDonald), who knows?” quipped Dickson. “We’re not concerned because we’re playing great hockey right now and we have faith whoever is in the net.”
The Mavericks released goalie Mavric Parks earlier this week.
This will be Carlson’s second stint with Hershey this year. He started the season with the Bears and was 2-2-0-0 with a 3.03 goals against average.
The Mavericks enter tonight’s road game against the Allen Americans tied with Kalamazoo for fourth place in the Central Division with 68 points, but Kansas City currently holds the tiebreaker with more wins. Right behind is Indy, with 66. The top four teams advance to postseason play.
“It’s coming down to the wire and it couldn’t be any tighter,” Dickson said. “We’ve really played some great defense the past few weeks and we’re getting it done offensively, too.”
Shawn Pauly, Mark Cooper and Jared VanWormer have supplied much of that offense as Pauly recorded his 20th and 21st goals this week, Cooper added his 20th and VanWormer has eight points in his last three games.
“Those guys are getting it done – really everyone is getting it done,” Dickson said. “Every game the past month has been like a playoff game and they’re all going to be like playoff games the rest of the season.”
MAVS ADD FORWARD: The Mavericks have added forward Brogan O’Brien on an amateur tryout.
O’Brien, 20, comes to the Mavericks from the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League. In 52 games this season, the Prince George, British Columbia, native tallied 41 points on 17 goals and 24 assists for the Cougars, who are coach by former Mavericks coach Richard Matvichuk.
“I’m excited about joining the Mavericks,” said O’Brien, who arrived at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena Thursday before the team headed to Allen. “I know they’re fighting for a spot in the playoffs, so it should really be an exciting time to be a part of the Mavericks.”