Mavericks Top Thunder in Independence Cup Finale
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Kansas City Mavericks (32-28-2-2) continued their hot streak with a dominant effort in a 3-1 win over the Wichita Thunder (33-25-5-2) to close out this season's Independence Cup series.
Kansas City closed the game with a 44-21 advantage in shots on goal, controlling play for nearly all 60 minutes. Jared VanWormer led the way on the offensive end with another multi-point effort, bringing his total to eight points over the last three games.
After a scoreless first, the Mavericks were buzzing throughout the second period as they broke the 0-0 deadlock with a power play goal from VanWormer, his 11th PPG of the season, to take the lead midway through the second frame.
The score came on the heels of the Mavs killing off an extended 5-on-3 power play for the Thunder that lasted 1:53, but the shorthanded home team held strong to keep the tie until VanWormer's lamp-lighter. The Mavs finished the second period with a 21-7 advantage in shots on goal in the frame.
The third started on a sour note for the home team, Mark MacMillan depositing the game-tying goal just 18 seconds into the final frame. The Mavericks fought back, though, scoring two goals over the next seven minutes - Shawn Pauly's 21st of the year and Mark Cooper's 20th - to build a two-goal cushion with 10 minutes left to play.
The Mavericks hit the road to start a four-game road stretch with a pair of games at Allen on Friday and Saturday, both 7:05 puck drops.
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