This past Tuesday at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, the Kansas City Mavericks appeared to be sleepwalking through a scoreless first period against the longtime rival Allen Americans.

Coach John-Scott Dickson’s team didn’t get a shot on goal the first 13 minutes, 15 seconds of the period, but their new, more physical style of play paid dividends as the Americans were not able to score, either.

Dickson didn’t rant and rave after the first period, he simply told his 6-1-1-0 team what it needed to do to remain undefeated at home and maintain its first-place spot in the ECHL standings.

And boy, did his team respond.

The Mavericks scored two goals apiece in the second and third periods to claim a 4-1 win over the Americans, setting the stage for two games at Allen tonight and Saturday.

“We talked about getting off to a hot start, and that didn’t happen,” Dickson said, “but we kept Allen on their heels and once we got going offensively, we played pretty well.”

He paused for a moment, and added, “I don’t know if we win that game last season. This season, the guys are more physical, they’re getting to the puck and scoring the greasy goals. It’s still early, but they play like a group that has been together for an entire season.

“You don’t want to read too much into one game – or the good start – but Hoodie (assistant coach Kyle Hood) and I really like what we’re seeing out on the ice.”

So does captain Rocco Carzo.

“Everybody’s getting the job done,” the veteran forward said. “Coop (Mark Cooper) had the back-to-back overtime goals to win those games Friday and Saturday (2-1 against Wichita and 5-4 against Utah), but most games you’re going to find a different guy scoring the big goal – and Mason (McDonald) has been incredible in goal.”

Jared VanWormer, who led the ECHL in power play goals last season, continued his hot play, scoring two goals and adding an assist in the win over Allen. C.J. Eick and Matt Robertson added goals for the Mavericks.

“We’re playing well,” said VanWormer, an assistant captain. “We love playing at home because our fans add so much excitement and energy. Now, we have to go down to Allen and play two games and we’re excited to take the show on the road.

“Like I’ve (said) before, we played well at the end of last season, but we didn’t play well at the beginning and that cost us a shot at the playoffs. This year, we want to play well at home, on the road, and for the entire season.”

The Mavericks return home Tuesday for a Kids Day Game date with the Wichita Thunder at 10:35 a.m.