ALLEN, Texas – Greg Betzold got an early goal and he didn’t let up Wednesday night.
The veteran forward amassed four goals and an assist and goalie Mason McDonald earned the shutout to lead the Kansas City Mavericks to a 6-0 rout of the host Allen Americans in an ECHL Mountain Division matchup.
“Greg leads the team in shots on goal and he made them count tonight,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said after the big road win.
“Two points on the road is huge. Now, we have to keep it going and do our best to get two more points Friday (against the Americans).”
Three of his goals came at even strength and one was a power-play goal as the Mavericks easily improved to 30-23-3-1 overall and solidified their hold on fourth place in the Mountain Division with 64 points with the victory over the last-place Americans (21-35-4-2).
Betzold’s five points were the most by a Maverick in a game this season.
Betzold scored the only goal the Mavericks would need at the 5:34 mark of the first period, knocking in a slap shot from the top of the left circle past Allen goalie Lukas Hafner after assists from Brett Beauvais and Mike Panowyk.
After assisting on a Corey Durocher power-play goal along with Darian Dziurzynski at the 10:41 mark of the first period, Betzold made it 3-0 with his second goal at 16:29 on assists from Willie Raskob and C.J. Eick.
Betzold then got the hat trick just 1:05 into the second period, notching a power-play goal on assists from Dziurzynski and Raskob.
Betzold’s fourth goal – his 21st of the season – put the Mavericks ahead 5-0 at the 12:04 mark of the second period. Riley Sweeney and Durocher assisted on the even-strength goal.
Dziurzynski took passes from Rocco Carzo and brother David Dziurzynski to make it 6-0 at the 13:28 mark of the second.
The Mavericks and Americans went scoreless from there as McDonald took advantage of the large lead to stop all 30 shots he faced, earn his fourth shutout of the season and improve to 19-6-1-1 with the Mavericks this year.
“Mase is in a zone,” Dickson said. “He’s playing as well right now as he has any time this season and he has been a difference-maker for the team.
“Tonight was just a great all-around effort by everyone – we got a lot of goals, we had a big penalty kill early in the game, Betzold had the big game and Mase was, well, Mase. A good night.”