Kansas City Mavericks captain Rocco Carzo has had it with promises.
He says it’s time to get it done on the ice.
And that’s exactly what he did Saturday night at the Hertz Arena in Estero, Florida, where his overtime goal led the Mavericks to a dramatic 5-4 victory over the host Florida Everblades, their second overtime win of the year on the road.
“Look, you can’t keep saying it’s early in the season, because it’s not – we’re about a third of the way through the season,” Carzo said following Monday’s practice.
“We can say we need to get points – at home and on the road – but that means nothing if we don’t get the points. We lost a tough one Friday, we played so much better than the final score (5-3) would indicate.
“But playing well doesn’t get it done if you don’t get the win, and we need to start winning more games. It’s going to be the end of the season soon, and we need to be in the top four teams in our division (to reach the playoffs).”
The 11-12-2-0 Mavericks are in sixth place with 24 points. Utah (11-8-4-1) is fifth with 29 points and Wichita holds the fourth, and final, playoff berth with 29 points (12-11-5-0).
“We can’t keep saying, ‘Should of, would of, could of,’ we need to find a way to win games and we did that Saturday,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said.
Forward Ryan Van Stralen scored just 30 seconds into the first period off assists from Zach Osburn and David Dziurzynski.
The Everblades tied it at the 5:30 mark on a goal from Zach Magwood.
The Mavericks took the lead with a power play goal from David Dziurzynski, who was assisted by Terrance Amorosa.
The Mavericks extended their lead to 3-1 when Ryan Galt scored from the top of the right wing circle. Jack Walker and Cliff Watson assisted on the goal.
Florida’s Patrick McCarron scored at 17:07 of the second period to make it a one-goal game. Cameron Maclise then tied it 3-3 with 8:05 to go in regulation.
Tad Kozun gave the Mavericks the lead with 4:43 to go in regulation as Cliff Watson and Justin Woods assisted on the goal.
Florida, though, tied the game 42 seconds later on a shorthanded goal by Joe Pendenza.
“That’s a tough way to have a team tie the game, but we came back and did find a way to win – in OT,” Carzo added.
The Mavericks head to Orlando to face the Solar Bears on the final game of the Florida road trip at 6 p.m. (CST) Wednesday.
TEDDY BEARS: The Mavericks announced the total number of stuffed animals donated in their annual Teddy Bear Toss Dec. 7 against the Fort Wayne Komets.
A total of 4,717 toys were collected and will now be donated to HCA Midwest child life services and other various local organizations to help children in need this holiday season.