INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Missouri Mavericks’ offense broke out for two late goals to spring a 2-1 overtime win over the Wichita Thunder at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on Tuesday night. The win allowed the Mavericks to finish their nine-game home stand with a 7-2-0 record and improve to 21-19-7 on the season.
The win brought the Mavericks’ record in the “Visit Independence, Visit Wichita” Cup to 5-4-0. The winner of the series receives a trophy at the end of the season and $2,000 for its local youth hockey organization.
The start of Tuesday’s game stood in stark contrast to last Saturday when the Mavericks and Thunder combined for 13 goals in Missouri’s overtime triumph. Tonight’s first period featured 16 shots combined between the clubs with seven saves credited to Eamon McAdam and nine to Wichita’s Scott Greenham. Missouri registered the first four shots on goal and drew a penalty within the first 2:46 of play but was unable to convert.
The teams started play in the second period at four skaters a side with coincidental minors to Jacob Doty and Landon Oslanski carrying over from the first. Wichita took advantage of the extra ice and cashed in the opening score. Louick Marcotte spun a shot on net from the bottom of the left wing circle that beat McAdam to the near post. It was Marcotte’s eighth of the season and came 33 seconds into the period.
The Mavericks tested Greenham with eight shots in the second but were unable to dent the scoreboard.
After nearly 12 scoreless minutes in the third, the Mavericks thought they had tied it on a wraparound goal by Radoslav Illo. The goal, however, was disallowed because Jacob Doty collided with Greenham and eliminated the Thunder goalie from the play. No penalty was called but the coincidental contact wiped out the goal.
The Mavericks took it nearly to the wire, but found the tying goal in the late stages of the third. Following a timeout, McAdam was pulled for the extra attacker and the Mavericks scored off of the ensuing faceoff. Dane Fox and Carter Verhaeghe set up Matt Finn’s blast from the point that went off the post and in with 1:50 to play.
The goal gave Finn a two-game scoring streak and Verhaeghe’s helper extended his point streak to 15 games – longest in the ECHL this season.
In the overtime session the Mavericks were out-shot 4-1, but the lone shot for Missouri found the back of the net. Finn took a feed from Verhaeghe and scored his second game-winning goal in as many games.
McAdam turned in 33 saves and earned his fifth consecutive victory, and ninth of the season overall. The Mavericks went 0-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
Mark your calendar! The Mavericks are back in action on home ice on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:05 p.m. to face the Quad City Mallards! The Mavericks and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will team up to salute the 75th anniversary of the 1942 Kansas City Monarchs’ Negro League World Series championship. Featured that night will be jerseys modeled after the 1942 Monarchs uniforms, and they will be auctioned off live after the game. 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.