A day after ending a four-game losing streak, the Kansas City Mavericks continued to gain some momentum against Mountain Division rival Tulsa.
After beating the Oilers in a 6-1 blowout victory Friday, Kansas City engaged in a back-and-forth battle with Tulsa and got what ended up being the winning power-play goal from defenseman Willie Raskob.
He scored at the 4:11 mark in the third period as the Mavericks held on for a 6-5 victory Saturday at the BOK Center in Tulsa.
Raskob’s goal gave Kansas City a 6-3 lead before Oilers forward Adam Pleskach notched a hat trick when his shot deflected off the Mavericks goaltender Nick Schneider and into the goal to cut it to 6-4 at the 6:51 mark. Just 17 seconds later, Pleskach scored is fourth goal to trim the Mavericks’ lead to one.
Kansas City withstood a late barrage from the Oilers to improve to 16-9-1-1 (34 points) on the season, and moved up to third in the division.
Balanced scoring helped the Mavericks take the win as forward Darian Dziurzynski opened the scoring with a breakaway goal, his ninth of the season, at the 7:22 mark in the first period to make it 1-0, Kansas City. Plaskach later tied it at 1-all when he scored on a 5-on-3 power play.
Early in the second period, Plaskach scored on another power play to give Tulsa a 2-1 lead. The Oilers took advantage of yet another power play when Tulsa’s Steven Kaunisto scored at the 7:52 mark to make it 3-1. With less than 5 minutes left in the period, Mavericks forward Rocco Carzo scored on assists from David and Darian Dziurzynski to cut Tulsa’s lead to 3-2. With under 30 seconds left in the period, a slap shot from Raskob was tipped top shelf by forward Joey Sides to tie it at 3-3.
Kansas City scored three goals within the first five minutes of the third. Forward David Dzuirzynski gave the Mavericks the lead for good with a goal off assists from Greg Betzold and Jordan Klimek. Forty-eight seconds later, Jared VanWormer received a pass from Mark Cooper and scored to extend the lead to 5-3 before Raskob scored the Mavericks’ sixth.
Schneider stopped 37 of 42 shots in goal for Kansas City, while Cooper and David Dziurzynski led the team with two assists apiece.
The Mavericks will play in Tulsa once again at 7:05 p.m. Friday at the BOK Center.