WICHITA, Kan. – For the first time this season, the Kansas City Mavericks have gone back-to-back games without picking up a point.
After falling 3-2 at Tulsa Sunday, the 11-4-1-0 Mavericks lost 5-2 Tuesday night to the Wichita Thunder at Intrust Bank Arena.
The Thunder got on the board first when Mark MacMillan’s third goal of the season and second against the Mavericks gave Wichita a 1-0 lead.
Mavericks defenceman Cliff Watson scored his third goal of the season to tie it, but the biggest goal came with just two seconds left in the first period when Thunder defenceman Travis Brown connected on his first of two scores.
“That goal never should have happened,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said by phone. “We were battling for possession in the corner with 11 seconds left in the quarter and we just needed to keep it there – but they won the battle and got the goal that gave them some momentum going into the second period.”
The 6-8-3-1 Thunder added a power-play goal in the second period and two early goals in the third to take a 5-1 lead.
The Thunder’s scoring streak was snapped when Mavericks forward Corey Durocher scored a goal, which was his third point in as many games, to produce the final score.
“They don’t do anything fancy, but they are good at what they do,” Dickson said of Wichita. “We just need to get our minds right, work on some things that are very correctable and get ready for two big games at home this weekend.”
Kansas City goalie Mason McDonald stopped 19 of 24 shots and took the loss.
The Mavericks will host two games against the Tulsa Oilers at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Saturday is Marvel Super Hero Night and the annual Teddy Bear Toss, an event in which fans toss teddy bears onto the ice following the Mavericks’ first goal. The bears are then taken to local hospitals and distributed to children.