ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland – The Kansas City Mavericks’ first trip to Newfoundland didn’t turn out to be very hospitable.
The ECHL North Division-leading Newfoundland Growlers jumped to a 2-0 lead after the first period and went on to a 4-1 victory at Mile One Centre Tuesday.
“They capitalized on every mistake we made,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said by phone following the game. “We need to keep the game simple and keep the puck out of the middle of the ice, and we didn’t do that tonight.”
The Growlers outshot the Mavericks 16-6 in the first period and slipped a pair by Kansas City goaltender Nick Schneider.
Giorgio Estephan struck first for Newfoundland at the 9:06 mark of the first. Estephan then got an assist when Matt Bradley scored at the 16:54 mark to send the Growlers into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead.
Mavericks forward Bryan Lemos cut the Growlers’ lead to 2-1 when he scored a power play goal – his 10th goal of the season – off assists from Darian Dziurzynski and Terrance Amorosa at the 6:42 mark of the second period.
But despite outshooting Newfoundland 8-4 in the second period, the Mavericks were unable to get it tied.
Marcus Power scored at the 4:02 mark of the third to push the Growlers’ lead back to two goals, and Garrett Johnston sealed it with an empty net goal with 52 seconds left.
“We played well at times but we didn’t play a complete game,” Dickson said after his team was outshot 33-21 and dropped to 17-18-2-0 (36 points) overall with its second straight defeat. “After a loss like this, you are really ready to go tomorrow.”
The Mavericks will meet the Growlers again at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mile One Centre before returning home to meet the rival Allen Americans at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
The Mavericks were effective on the penalty kill Tuesday, stopping the Growlers on all five power plays.
Defending ECHL champion Newfoundland (28-10-0-0, 56 points) improved to 18-2 at home with its 10th straight win in St. John’s.