Mavericks playoff roster

By Bill Althaus

The Missouri Mavericks will have a new face on their playoff roster.

The Mavericks have 20 players on the roster, including newly acquired defenseman Evan Zych, who will wear No. 26.

That number was worn by defenseman Jared Lavender during the regular season. Lavender did not make the playoff roster.

Zych, a Kilbride, Ontario, native is one of two amateurs the Mavericks are allowed to add for the playoffs. He recently finished his fourth season at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., where he had 17 points in 36 games played.

Defenseman Eric Meland, who made an impact during the end of the regular season with two assists and a plus-4 rating in four games, will also be on the Mavericks playoff roster. He is currently completing a graduation project at Princeton University.

The Mavericks will face the Rapid City Rush in the opening round of the playoffs.

The series will start Friday in Rapid City and will follow a 2-3-2 format. The fifth-seeded Mavericks will host games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) on Wednesday, April 3; Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at the Independence Events Center.

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