KALAMAZOO, Mich. – For the second night in a row, the Kansas City Mavericks couldn’t get over the hump in another close game.
After losing 4-3 in overtime to the Wheeling Nailers Tuesday, interim coach Kohl Schultz’s suffered a 3-2 loss to the host Kalamazoo Wings Wednesday night at Wings Events Center.
The Mavericks took a 2-2 tie into the third period Wednesday when Kalamazoo’s Matt VanVoorhis scored the game-winner at the 5:05 mark.
Mavericks goalie Tyler Parsons had been strong in the net, stopping 25 of 27 shots before that game-winner.
“I want to see the guys angry after a loss like this,” Schultz said by phone following the game, “because we had the opportunity to win this game. It’s like our overtime loss to Wheeling, they score late after we take a lead into the third period.
“Tonight, Rocco (Carzo) scores to tie it up and we keep it close, hoping to get the game-winner, but they wind up getting the big shot at the end of the game.
“I’m really disappointed we’re coming home with just one point on this trip because we could have had four.”
Kalamazoo's Austin Farley scored the first goal at 10:13 of the first period.
That score stood until Mitch Hults scored at 3:39 of the second period on assists from Zach Osburn and Loren Ulett.
Kalamazoo regained the lead on a Justin Taylor goal at 13:27, but Carzo, the Mavericks captain, tied it up with his 13th goal of the season at 13:27 of that period on an assist from C.J. Eick.
“We had our chances, that’s for sure, but we can take some positives out of this one and get back to work before Wichita comes to town,” Schultz said.
The Mavericks play host to the Thunder at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.