Mavericks Stumble against Steelheads
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Missouri Mavericks dropped a 5-4 decision to the Idaho Steelheads on Saturday night at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. The Mavericks led 4-1 after the first period but allowed four unanswered goals in a loss that dropped their record to 25-21-7 on the season.
Dane Fox, the Mavericks' leading goal scorer, opened things up 58 seconds in on the game's very first shot. He cashed in his 23rd of the season with help from Dan Correale, and then returned the favor with an assist on Correale's ninth of the season at 4:07. Reed Seckel continued the Mavericks' surge with a tip-in goal just under five minutes later and built the lead to 3-0.
Idaho's Jefferson Dahl chipped into the lead at 12:25 with his 15th of the season, but Darren Nowick answered right back to restore the Mavericks' three-goal lead. Missouri matched its highest single-period goal total with four, but was unable to beat Idaho's Branden Komm the rest of the way.
The Steelheads stormed back in the second to tie the game at four. Kellan Lain potted the second Idaho goal 1:38 into the period, assisted by Brian Nugent. Idaho's second goal of the period, and third of the game, came on the power play from Anthony Luciani halfway through the second. Travis Walsh and Joe Basaraba had the helpers on Luciani's 24th goal of the season.
The Mavericks nearly made it to the third period with the lead, but Nuget scored from close range with 34 seconds left in the stanza. It was the 14th shot that Mavericks goalie Josh Robinson faced in the second, and Idaho's outburst sent the game to the third tied at four.
Dahl broke the tie on a power play goal with 12:31 left to go in the game. Rob Linsmayer and Will Merchant had the assists on what turned out to be the winning score.
Missouri managed 12 shots against Komm in the third, but was unable to produce the tying score.
Robinson recorded 30 saves on the night. The Mavericks ended the game 0-for-2 on the power play and were 1-for-3 on the penalty kill.
Mark your calendar! The Mavericks are back in action on home ice Friday, March 3 at 7:35 p.m. to face the Allen Americans! The Mavericks will kick off their Military Appreciation Weekend which will feature, for the first time ever, the Mavericks donning special military-themed jerseys for back-to-back games Friday and Saturday. These game-worn jerseys will then be auctioned off postgame Saturday, with the proceeds benefitting Warriors' Ascent. Groups of 15 or more are eligible for discounted tickets and preferred seating based on availability. Call the Mavericks at 816-252-7825 to book your group outing.
About the Missouri Mavericks: The Mavericks are members of the Mountain Division of the Western Conference of the ECHL- the Premier 'AA' Hockey League in North America. Founded in 2009, the Mavericks are entering their eighth season in team history at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. The Mavericks are the defending Brabham Cup winners after posting a league-leading record of 52-15-5 during the 2015-16 ECHL season, and have been honored with multiple community and league awards including the Harry S. Truman Special Community Service Recognition Award, the Bud Poile Governors' Cup (CHL), and the CHL Franchise of the Year Award for four consecutive seasons.
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