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Mavericks Rally from Two-Goal Deficit to Defeat IceMen in Overtime

January 2, 2016 - ECHL (ECHL) - Kansas City Mavericks News Release

EVANSVILLE, IN - The Missouri Mavericks kept fans following the game from Kansas City on the edge of their seats through 63 minutes of hockey on Saturday night. The league-leading Mavericks came back from a 2-goal deficit to defeat the Evansville IceMen 4-3 in overtime and expand their win streak to 7 games.

Missouri Mavericks at Evansville IceMen - Jan. 2, 2016 (Photo Courtesy: Evansville IceMen)

In an unfamiliar start for the Mavericks, Missouri found themselves trailing 2-0 before 10 minutes had lapsed in the opening period. Evansville's Justin MacDonald scored the first goal for the Icemen at 6:11, assisted by Nathan Moon, before Moon added his name to the scoresheet again with his own goal at 8:51. MacDonald and Alex Wideman assisted on the play.

Carter Verhaeghe got the Mavericks on the board with just seconds left in the period, scoring at 19:46 with the help of teammates Chris Owens and Reed Seckel.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the second period, the Mavericks were unable to best Evansville net-minder, Christoffer Bengtsberg, for another Missouri goal, but the IceMen had better luck, regaining a two-goal gap at 7:35 via Alex Guptill. Matthew Zay and Mike Ducco were credited with the assists.

The Mavericks came back from their 3-1 deficit in the third period, scoring back-to-back goals to tie the game 3-3 before the end of regulation. Wes Cunningham, who was activated from injured reserve earlier in the day on Saturday, scored his first goal for the Mavericks at 11:48. Rookies Chris Owens and Tanner Fritz assisted onCunningham's debut goal.

The re-energized Mavericks tied the game less than 3 minutes later at 13:21 when Rocco Carzo scored Missouri's third goal of the evening with the help of Carter Verhaeghe and defenseman Loic Leduc.

The game remained tied-up through the rest of regulation, sending the decision to overtime hockey. The Mavs dominated puck possession in the 3-on-3 hockey situation from the first puck drop, and earned the extra point 3:30 into the 5-minute overtime when David deKastrozza stretched the twine behind Bengtsberg for the game-winning goal. Tyler Barnes and Bryce Aneloski were credited with the helpers on the final play of the night.

Net-minder Chris Rawlings made 27 saves between the pipes in his first game wearing a Missouri Mavericks sweater and recorded his second win of the 2015-16 ECHL season (Nov. 28 with Utah Grizzlies).

The Missouri Mavericks are on the road for the next two weeks before they return home to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on Friday, Jan. 22nd. Fans are encouraged to catch all the Mavericks hockey action at one of the Mavs' three Official Watch Party Destinations: Rock & Brews- Overland Park, The Blue Line, and Drumm Farm Golf Club.





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