Mavericks Taken Down by Utah, 5-1
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Kansas City Mavericks were defeated by the Utah Grizzlies, 5-1 Friday night at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in front of 4,952 fans. The Grizzlies had four players with multipoint games. C.J. Eick netted the only goal for the Mavericks with 7:30 left in regulation. The Mavericks will faceoff against the Grizzlies again in Independence Saturday night.
The Grizzlies jumped out to a 2-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game with a dominant offensive performance. Josh Dickinson scored the first goal just two and a half minutes into the game's opening period. J.T. Henke and Jack Walker assisted on the goal. The Grizzlies doubled their lead seven minutes later, with Walker effectively doubling the lead. Dickinson notched his second point of the night with an assist on the goal. The Grizzlies outshot the Mavericks 12-9 in the period.
The Grizzlies pushed their lead to 3-0 just three and a half minutes into the middle period on a goal from Caleb Herbert. Austin Carroll and Ryan Walters assisted on the goal. The lead was out to 4-0 shortly after that on a goal from former Maverick Eric Freschi. Utah goaltender Kevin Carr stopped all 15 of the Mavericks shots through two periods.
The Grizzlies made it 5-0 and snuffed out any hope for a Mavericks comeback with a goal from Carroll a minute and a half into the third period. C.J. Eick gave the Mavericks a spark of offense in the third period, but his goal with 7:30 left in regulation proved to be too little too late. Ben Halford finished the night with 21 saves on 26 shots.
The Mavericks and Grizzlies faceoff again Saturday night at Silverstein Eye Centers at 7:05 p.m. The Mavericks are then back on home ice this coming Tuesday against the Rapid City Rush at 7:05 p.m. This weekend, the Mavericks will be saluting our armed forces and active duty, veteran and retired military members for Military Appreciation Weekend. The Mavericks specialty jerseys will be auctioned off in a live auction after the game. Special ticket offers may be available to those who served or are currently serving in the military. Please visit kcmavericks.com/government for more information.
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