WICHITA - Stewart Skinner was just too much for the Kansas City Mavericks as Wichita ended the Mavericks’ seven-game winning streak.
The Thunder goalie stopped all 42 shots he faced to claim his first shutout of the season en route to a 4-0 ECHL Mountain Division victory Friday night.
The Mavericks, who saw their record dip to 9-2-1-0 will meet the 5-4-3-0 Thunder again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Intrust Bank Arena.
“It was just one of those games,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said. “I liked the energy going into the game, the guys were excited on the bus and we dictated the pace early – but they scored that first goal and we just never got anything going offensively.”
The Mavericks held an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal early in the first period. But Wichita struck as Thunder forward Steven Iacobellis beat Ben Halford for a goal at the 7:31 mark.
The second period was all Wichita, with the Thunder scoring three goals to take a commanding 4-0 lead through 40 minutes. Iacobellis scored his second goal to make it 2-0. The Thunder then added two quick goals for the insurmountable lead.
“Three goals in around three minutes are just not acceptable,” Dickson said. “We had a breakdown in the neutral zone, and they scored off some turnovers and lost battles.
“Those are things we will look at tomorrow, and we’ll be ready tomorrow night. It’s nice that the way the schedule works, we not only play again tomorrow, we face the same team.”
All three goals came over a span of just 3:36, with two coming on the power play, allowing the home team to take firm control heading into the final period.
The teams played to a stalemate in the third, with the Mavericks not finding the back of the net against Stewart, the No. 1 star of the game.
Halford stopped 33 of 37 shots on goal for Kansas City.