ALLEN, Texas – You can file this loss under the “just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse than this, it does” file.
The Kansas City Mavericks followed up an 8-2 loss to the Allen Americans Saturday night at a sold-out Silverstein Eye Centers Arena with an 8-0 loss Monday afternoon to the same team at Allen Event Center.
The Mavericks have now lost five in a row and have been outscored 31-4 during their five-game skid. They head into the ECHL All-Star break with a 17-21-2-0 record, which finds them in last place in the Mountain Division with 36 points.
The Mavericks played without their coach, John-Scott Dickson, who was fined and suspended for one game following an outburst against the officials in Saturday’s game, and several injured players who hope to heal up over the all-star break.
“No excuses,” Dickson said after Saturday’s loss at home. “We’re not playing well right now. We’re at the halfway point of the season and we need to get going in the second half.”
Allen (29-8-6-1, 65 points) led 1-0 after one period Monday on Brett Pollock’s power play goal at the 7:54 mark. Alex Guptil scored three straight goals to open a four-goal second period. The Americans added three more in the third period.
Nick Schneider was in goal Monday, stopping 30 of 38 shots. Tyler Parsons started Saturday’s game but left after one period with a minor lower body injury.
Team captain Rocco Carzo and all-star Justin Woods are among the players who are injured. Woods will not go to Wednesday’s All-Star Game in Wichita, Kansas, because of his injury. He will be replaced by defenseman Zach Osburn.
The rookie has 21 points on seven goals and 14 assists and is currently on assignment from the Mavericks’ American Hockey League affiliate, Stockton Heat.
“We’re happy for Zach to get this opportunity,” Dickson said, “He’s had a good first season and has been a big contributor for us on defense.”
The Mavericks have called in reinforcements from the Southern Professional Hockey League and the team has made a trade with the Norfolk Admirals for forward Charlie O’Connor.
O’Connor tallied seven goals and seven assists (14 points) in 33 games with Norfolk this season. He played the previous two seasons with the Toledo Walleye, garnering 14 goals and 18 assists in 82 games after his college career at Bemidji State University.