WICHITA, KS – The Kansas City Mavericks may have finally figured out how to quell the third best offensive team in the ECHL; a combination of negating net front presence and a hot goaltender.
The Mavs got both those in spades, as they defeated Wichita 2-1 in overtime Wednesday night. Darren Nowick scored the game-winning goal just 20 seconds into the extra period.
For the fourth time this season, the Thunder allowed the first goal of the contest, just 3:17 in when Mike McMurtry scored his fourth goal of the season when he caught Shane Starrett out of position.
“I think after the first one he (Starrett) settled down,” said Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “I think he would like to have that one back.”
Zach O’Brien would score his fifth of the season on a highlight-reel pass by Istvan Sofron to tie the game at one near the midway point of the contest.
From there, the goaltending dual would continue. Starrett and his counterpart, Tyler Parsons, played very well tonight, stopping a combined 61 of 64 shots faced.
“It’s one of those games, you face a hot goaltender. A lot of teams have been facing our hot goalies,” Cameron said. “If you give up two or less in the minors, that’s pretty good defense. We didn’t give up a power play goal, so special teams were good. We hit two posts tonight — Steven Iacobellis and O’Brien. We had our chances.”
More significantly for Kansas City, Rocco Carzo was injured in the middle stages of the second period when he took a hit from Evan Polei. Carzo laid on the ice for a couple of minutes, but left the ice with assistance from Bryce Aneloski and Patch Alber favoring his leg or knee. Carzo did not come back to the game.
Wichita returns to action Saturday night against the Allen Americans.