Game Day Report: Mavericks Face Thunder in Kids Day Game Clash
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Kansas City Mavericks look to continue their hot start with the annual Kids Day Game, a 10:35 a.m. puck drop Tuesday against the Wichita Thunder.
The Matchup: Kansas City Mavericks (8-1-1-0) vs. Wichita Thunder (4-3-3-0)
Venue: Silverstein Eye Centers Arena | Independence, Mo.
All-Time Series: Mavericks lead 54-39-6-5 | This season KC leads 1-0
Tickets: A limited number of single-game tickets are available.
Tune In: Listen to Bob Rennison's play-by-play call of the game alongside Ryan Gibson by heading to the Mavericks' mobile app or at KCMavericks.com.
Independence Cup Game: Tuesday's matchup against Wichita is the second Independence Cup game of the season as the Mavericks take on the Thunder. Wichita took the trophy last year after a two-year stint for Kansas City as champions of the rivalry, and the Mavericks have an early 1-0 lead on the season series.
Out of the Gates: The Mavericks are off to their second-best start through 10 games in team history, trailing only the 2013-14 Central Hockey League Governor's Cup champions at 9-1-0-0. The 13-14 iteration of the Mavericks dropped their 11th game of the season. The only close start to a season as the Mavericks as experiencing currently came in 2015-16, a club that won the Brabham Cup, which started 7-2-0-1 but did not lose another game until December 13.
Super Cooper: Mark Cooper rides quite the hot streak into today's game, having amassed 11 points (4g, 7a) in the Mavericks' last six games. The forward also set an ECHL record last game by scoring a goal off a faceoff just two seconds after an Allen lamp-lighter, the shortest time between two goals in the ECHL's 30-year history. Cooper currently leads the league in game-winning goals (3), is third in plus-minus (+12) and ninth in scoring (16 points).
Home Sweet Home: The Mavericks come into Tuesday's game with a perfect 5-0 record on home ice, including a win over Wichita earlier this month. Kansas City is one of just two unbeaten teams on home ice in the league, joined by Toledo and its 3-0 record.
Matchup To Watch: Mavericks power play vs. Thunder penalty kill. The Mavericks are riding in hot on special teams after going 4-for-12 on the man-advantage over the weekend, but a stingy Wichita penalty kill has potential to even out that matchup. The Thunder come into Tuesday's game perfect on the PK in road games this season, 17-for-17, and killed all three power plays in the teams' lone meeting earlier this season.
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