BOISE, Idaho – The Kansas City Mavericks experienced a lost weekend in Boise as they dropped all three games to the Idaho Steelheads, losing the finale 3-2 Saturday night.
Kansas City dropped to 14-8-1-1 with its third straight loss. The Steelheads (15-9-1-2, 33 points) leapfrogged the Mavericks all the way to second place in the ECHL Mountain Division with the sweep. The Mavericks, who play at Wichita tonight, dropped to fifth place with 30 points, one behind fourth-place Rapid City (13-12-2-3), which has played six more games. Tulsa (13-8-4-2) is third at 32, two behind first place Utah (15-6-3-1).
The Steelheads jumped out to a two-goal advantage with goals from Jeff King and Mitch Moroz in the first 11:44 of the first period.
Kansas City’s Greg Betzold scored his sixth goal of the season on an assist from Mark Cooper to cut the deficit in half. Joey Sides then beat Steelheads goalkeeper Tomas Sholl for a power play goal, his fourth of the season, to tie it at the 16:10 mark of the first period.
Idaho scored the only goal of the second period when Alexander Dahl beat Mavericks goalie Ben Halford at the 5:08 mark. That turned out to be the final goal of the game.
The Mavericks pressed hard in the third period, outshooting the Steelheads 11-5. With the defense clamping down for Idaho, Kansas City couldn't get the puck past Stoll, who stopped 30 of 32 shots.
Mavericks goalie Ben Halford made 21 saves.
SCHNEIDER RETURNS: Goalie Nick Schneider has rejoined the Mavericks on assignment from the Stockton Heat, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, for the second time in two weeks.
Schneider, 21, started the year with Kansas City before earning a callup after a 2-1-1 start. The rookie goalie has since appeared in 11 games with the Heat, posting a 2.45 goals against average, .922 save percentage and a record of 6-3.
His 2.45 GAA is tops among Stockton goalies with at least one full game played.
Schneider appeared in one game a piece for the Mavericks and Heat during the past week, stopping a total of 58 shots.