WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The Kansas City Mavericks received another strong showing in goal Monday, but the offense could not come up with any support as the Utah Grizzlies managed to claim a 3-0 win in the third game of a three-game set.
Nick Schneider, who was in goal for a 1-0 victory Saturday night against Utah, took the loss Monday at the Maverik Center. He stopped 31 of 34 shots.
Utah goalie Martin Ouellette recorded the shutout, stopping all 17 Maverick shots on goal.
“If you would have told us before the series started that we would come home with four points, we would have been happy and agreed,” Mavericks interim head coach Kohl Schultz said by phone of his team, which won the first two games Saturday (1-0) and Sunday (2-1).
“But you’d like to get that last win after winning the first two. The boys did a great job in the first two games and played well enough to win in many ways tonight, we just couldn’t get the puck in the net.”
Utah’s Ryan Wagner scored in the first and second periods and Tom McGauley added the final goal midway through the third period.
The Mavericks return home to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena to meet the Kalamazoo Wings at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
“It will be nice to get some home cooking and sleep in our beds,” Schultz added.
MORE MILESTONES: Mavericks captain Rocco Carzo has accomplished several milestones in the past month. In Wednesday’s game at Idaho, he played in his 400th career ECHL game and scored his 76th goal as a Mav, putting him alone in third place on the Mavs’ all-time goals list.
Carzo also played in his 265th career game with the Mavericks Saturday against Utah, second most in franchise history. Earlier this season, Carzo also scored his 100th career ECHL goal.
FIRST GOAL: Mavericks rookie forward Mitch Vanderlaan scored his first goal as a Maverick in the third period of last Wednesday’s game at Idaho. Vanderlaan was acquired in a trade for defenseman Neal Goff on Feb. 3.
AMATEUR SIGNING: The Mavericks made their first amateur signing of the season, bringing on defenseman Roshen Jaswal on an amateur tryout deal. In 74 games with St. Olaf College (NCAA D-III), Jaswal had 42 points on 13 goals and 29 assists.