The Kansas City Mavericks easily kept their four-game win streak alive Tuesday night at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena despite not getting their first shot off against Allen until the 13:15 mark of the first period.
After a scoreless first 20 minutes, the 6-1-1-0 Mavericks scored two goals apiece in the second and third periods to claim a 4-1 win over the Americans and remain unbeaten at home.
“We talked about getting off to a hot start, and that didn’t happen,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said, “but we kept Allen on their heels and once we got going offensively, we played pretty well.”
The only downside was an Allen goal by Spencer Asuchak with just 10 seconds left in the third period to spoil the shutout effort.
“That goal wasn’t on Mason McDonald,” Dickson said, referring to the Mavericks goalie who stopped 26 of 27 Allen shots, “Mason was outstanding in the game. You hate to see a late goal like that, but getting the win tonight is the most important thing.”
Jared VanWormer, who led the ECHL in power play goals last season, continued his hot play, scoring two goals and adding as assist.
He took a perfect pass from lineman Mark Cooper to score the first goal at 14:27 of the second period.
C.J. Eick then stole the puck on a penalty kill series and scored a shorthanded goal to make it a 2-0 game at 17:48.
VanWormer scored his second goal at 9:24 of the third period and assisted on Matt Robertson’s goal to account for the final score.
“We’re playing well,” said VanWormer, an assistant captain. “I don’t consider myself a goal scorer, but I’m managing to get a few in the net. That pass from Coop was a beauty. I was expecting it, and he put it right on my stick.”
Eick was all smiles when talking about his shorthanded goal.
“I picked the puck up in the corner and (the Allen defense) had to follow (Mike) Panowick and it gave me the opportunity to score,” said Eick, who also scored in Saturday’s 5-4 overtime win over Utah. “We’re off to a good start, now, we can’t get too high or too low and we have to keep playing hard and working hard to keep this streak going.”
The Americans will host the Mavericks on Friday and Saturday night.
The Mavericks return home for a Kids Day Game date with Wichita at 10:35 a.m. Nov. 13.