The Kansas City Mavericks got their first win of the season over the weekend, defeating the Tulsa Oilers 5-1 Friday night, and coach John-Scott Dickson said he could see a difference at Monday’s spirited practice.
“We saw the momentum from that win against Tulsa carry over to today’s practice,” Dickson said Monday afternoon. “Now, we have to hope it carries over to 7 p.m. in Tulsa (tonight) when we play those guys the third game this season.”
Tulsa topped the Mavericks 5-2 in the season opener at BOK Center and the Indy Fuel stopped the Mavericks 6-2 in the home opener. Terms like “embarrassed” and “unacceptable” were tossed about in describing the Mavericks’ performance in those two losses and then the team rebounded with the home win over Tulsa Friday.
Mavericks captain Rocco Carzo turned in a two-goal performance, while goaltender Nick Schneider was steady in net, stopping 24 of 25 shots.
Five different Mavericks players had multipoint performances. Stockton Heat assignee Mason Morelli and forwards Jack Walker and Loren Ulett had two assists each, and forward Ryan Van Stralen had a goal and an assist.
“We kept it simple last Friday against Tulsa and the guys saw the result, a big win in front of our fans at home,” Dickson said. “If we play Mavericks hockey, we’re going to have a successful season.”
ROSTER MOVES: The Mavericks announced Monday that they had signed forward Ian Mackey and activated forward Bryan Lemos off of reserve.
To make room, the Mavericks placed forward C.J. Eick on reserve and put defenseman Neal Goff on injured reserve, retroactive to Saturday.
Mackey opened the season on the Fort Wayne Komets roster but had not played a game with them. He had not played since the 2016-17 season with the Winkler Flyers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. He had 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) and 111 penalty minutes with the Flyers that season.
Lemos is a first-year pro after four seasons at Providence College.
HEATING UP: The Mavericks currently have five players assigned from the Stockton Heat, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, on the roster. Forwards Mitch Hults and Mason Morelli, defensemen Terrance Amorosa and Zach Osburn and goaltender Nick Schneider.
DZ BROTHERS: Darian and David Dziurzynski have made their presence known early on this season, as David leads the Mavericks with four points on two goals and two assists. Darian has scored a goal in each of the last two games, including the eventual game-winner against Tulsa last Friday.
FLIPPING THE SCRIPT: The Mavericks will flip the script on the league-wide DC Comics night as they will be playing the villain for one night only on Joker vs. Batman Night on Nov. 2 against the Wichita Thunder. The Mavericks will be wearing specialty Joker-themed jerseys, the only team to wear villain-themed jerseys in the ECHL this year.