The Kansas City Mavericks earned a road point Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to keep them from dropping into last place in the ECHL’s Mountain Division.
The Idaho Steelheads overcame the Mavericks’ 2-1 lead to claim a 3-2 overtime victory Saturday at CenturyLink Arena to sweep the weekend series.
The Mavericks dropped to 0-1-1-0 on their current four-game road trip and fell to 6-9-2-0 overall. Kansas City fell into seventh place in the Mountain Division with 14 points, one behind the sixth-place Utah Grizzlies.
Rookie forward Bryan Lemos recorded the first multi-assist game of his career as the Mavericks grabbed a 2-1 lead.
Spencer Naas put Idaho ahead 1-0 at the 4:19 mark of the first period.
Darian Dziurzynski tied it, scoring a power play goal at the 18:35 mark of the first – his sixth of the season – on assists from Lemos and Michael Parks.
Defenseman Kevin McKernan struck just 52 seconds into the second period with his third goal of the season to put the Mavericks ahead 2-1. Lemos and forward Rocco Carzo each had an assist on the goal.
After defenseman Neal Goff was called for roughing at the 17:33 mark of the second, the Steelheads took advantage to tie it. Colton Saucerman beat Mavericks goaltender Nick Schneider with a shot with just 1:07 left in the period.
Like in Friday’s 4-2 loss to Idaho, neither team could muster a goal in the third period as the Mavericks went 0-for-2 on the power play in the period and 0-for-4 for the game.
Will Merchant won the game for Idaho just 1:28 into the overtime period on assists from Tanner Jago and A.J. White.
Schneider suffered the loss despite making 32 saves on 35 shots. The Mavericks, in turn, managed just 22 shots on goal.
The Mavericks complete the road trip Friday and Saturday in Wichita with a weekend series against the rival Thunder (9-5-4-0, 22 points).