The Missouri Mavericks celebrate a goal against the Indy Fuel. Photo: John Howe/The Sin Bin
The Missouri Mavericks celebrate a goal against the Indy Fuel. Photo: John Howe/The Sin Bin

Life is good if you are a fan, player, or executive of the Missouri Mavericks.

I mean, really good.

By the time the team plays again — Sunday, Dec 13 against Tulsa — it will be 42 days since their last loss. The 14- game winning streak is now tied for fourth-longest in ECHL history and the sixth longest in minor pro hockey history.¹

Here is a look at how the Mavericks current run stacks up with others in minor pro hockey:

Team League Season Length of Streak
Norfolk Admirals AHL 2011-12 28 games
South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 2014-15 23 games
Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 2004-05 17 games
Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 2007-08 17 games
Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 2008-09 15 games
Louisiana IceGators ECHL 2001-02 14 games
Knoxville Cherokees ECHL 1993-94 14 games
South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 2009-10 13 games
Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 2006-07 13 games
Reading Royals ECHL 2014-15 12 games
Richmond Renegades SPHL 2008-09 12 games

* => Denotes current streak

With the Mavericks place in overall minor pro hockey history established, let’s look at some of the numbers inside the streak and see how the Mavericks are beating teams.

The Mavericks have quite a few guys who are splitting the offensive load during the streak.

Jesse Root, the CCM/ECHL player of the month for November, has tallied 20 points (8G, 12A) and is a +10 during the streak. His running mate, Tyler Barnes, is hot on his heels, tallying 18 points (9G, 9A) and is a +8.

Every good offense needs players who make good decisions with the puck. So far, Rocco Carzo (8 assists) and Kane Lafranchise (8 assists) have fit that billing.

Going deeper in the numbers, the Mavericks have outscored the opposition 53-23 during their run. Here is that breakdown:

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO
22 17 11 2 1
13 4 6 0 0

One of the amazing stats here is that the Mavericks are outscoring the opponents 31-10 after the first period.  The other stat that stands out during this streak is the Mavericks really clamp down on defense after the first stanza. In fact, they held the opposition scoreless in six straight second periods at one point.

The goaltending has shined as well during the streak. Both Josh Robinson and Parker Milner have won seven straight starts, but the numbers show Milner has been the better goalie. Robinson has allowed 15 goals on 150 shots faced (.900 save percentage) and has a 2.11 goals against average. Milner, meanwhile, has only allowed eight goals on 157 shots faced (.949 save percentage,) has a 1.12 goals against average and a pair of shutouts (11/7 v. WIC and 12/2 v. EVA) during the run.

Special teams have been good as well. The power play has gone 11-50 (22% efficiency) during the streak, while the penalty kill has extinguished 38 of 44 opposition power plays and scored three short-handed goals.

So what does all this mean?

Long story short for Mavs fans, expect to see your hockey team play deep into April and possibly May in Independence. Every single team with a 12-game or longer winning streak in ECHL history has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

As I mentioned in The Sin Bin Podcast Episode #4, I expect the Mavericks to have home-ice throughout the western conference and possibly the entire playoffs, provided AHL clubs do not pick the Mavs apart.

But does the current run the team is on equate to a Kelly Cup Championship in June? Let’s look.

Team Season Streak Kelly Cup Playoff Result
South Carolina Stingrays 2014-15 23 games Lost in 7 games to Allen  in Kelly Cup Finals
Cincinnati Cyclones 2007-08 17 games Lost in 7 games to Dayton in North Division Finals
Victoria Salmon Kings 2008-09 15 games Lost in 5 games to Alaska  in West Division Finals
*MISSOURI MAVERICKS 2015-16 14 games N/A
Louisiana IceGators 2001-02 14 games Lost in 4 games to South Carolina in Southern Conference Finals
 Knoxville Cherokees 1993-94 14 games Lost in 3 games to Louisville  in 1st round
South Carolina Stingrays 2009-10 13 games Lost in 5 games to Cincinnati  in American Conference Quarterfinals
Las Vegas Wranglers 2006-07 13 games Lost in 6 games to Idaho in Northern Conference Semifinals
Reading Royals 2014-15 12 games  Lost in 7 games to South Carolina in the East Division Semifinals

It is interesting to note that in the first table of the article, only the Norfolk Admirals and Philadelphia Phantoms went on to win their league championship. Of course, the ECHL angle to this column becomes a moot point if the Mavericks win a championship.

But, the overwhelming message to Mavericks fans, players and executives is to enjoy this. Winning streaks like this are rare, and serve as a showcase for the entire depth of the organization and its affiliates.

¹ => Among active hockey leagues (AHL, ECHL, SPHL)

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