BOISE, Idaho – It was too little, too late for the Kansas City Mavericks Wednesday night.
The Mavericks scored two late goals but couldn’t come up with enough offense to stop the Idaho Steelheads in a 5-3 loss at CenturyLink Arena.
Kansas City’s Mitch Vanderlaan scored at 16:27 to cut the deficit to 4-2 before Boise’s Ondrej Vala scored an empty net goal to give Boise a 5-2 lead. It was Vanderlaan’s first goal as a member of the Mavericks.
That didn’t deter the Mavericks from making another push as Marcus Crawford scored at 18:22 to account for the final score.
“What’s so frustrating is watching our team play like we played in the third period and trying to get them to believe in themselves, getting them to believe they can play like that for a full 60 minutes of hockey,” Mavericks interim coach Kohl Schultz said by phone. “And when we do that, we are a very good team. I know I sound like a broken record, but at the end of the day we need to play three periods like we played in the third period tonight.
“When we start doing that, we’re going to end a lot of frustration, gain some confidence and make a run for a playoff spot.”
It was a long night for Kansas City goalie Tyler Parsons, who stopped 27 of 31 shots while he was on the ice.
Boise got an early lead and managed to keep it throughout the night as Marc-Olivier Roy scored at 4:22 of the first period.
Colby McCauley added a second Boise goal at 16:02 of the first period and the Steelheads took that 2-0 lead into the second period.
Brett Supinski and Spencer Naas scored second-period goals as the Mavericks were looking at a 4-0 deficit going into the third period.
Captain Rocco Carzo got the Mavericks on the board as he scored at the 4:30 mark of the third period. It was Carzo’s 400th career ECHL game. Carzo’s goal was his 76th as a Maverick, putting him alone in third place in franchise history, surpassing former coach John-Scott Dickson. Sebastien Thinel is second all-time with 92 goals.
The Mavericks hit the road to West Valley City, Utah, to face the Utah Grizzlies in a three-game set at the Maverik Center at 8:10 p.m. (CST) Saturday, 6 p.m. (CST) Sunday and 8:10 p.m. Monday.