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Mavericks: Happy New Year

A 5-2 stretch opens the 2018 campaign, but the Mavs don’t gain much ground in the standings


It’s been a relatively Happy New Year for the Kansas City Mavericks. Since the calendar turned over, the Mavs have racked up a 5-2 record. Currently, they sit five points back of the Central Division leading Toledo Walleye, who sit at 53 points to KC’s 47, which is good enough for third place in the Central. Despite a good stretch this month, the Kalamazoo Wings are nipping at the Mavs’ collective heels, only one point back at 46. While the Mavericks had a huge shot at climbing up the standings, they ended splitting the four games they played against the division leading Walleye at 2-2. The silver lining to that was the fact that those are the only two losses the Mavs have suffered so far in 2018.


Kalamazoo Wings


4 - 2 W

Quad City Mallards


5 - 2 W

@ Cincinnati Cyclones


3 - 2 W

@ Toledo Walleye


1 - 6 L

Toledo Walleye


0 - 3 L

Toledo Walleye


3 - 1 W

Toledo Walleye


4 - 2 W


Tyler Parsons continues to be out with an injury, so it’s been Mason McDonald and Chris Nell splitting the workload between the pipes. McDonald saw four starts to Nell’s three, but suffered the two losses to Toledo in the process. Mike McMurty still holds the team lead in goals and points (15G, 32PTS), but was called up to Stockton, so that leaves Matt Robertson on top with 15 goals and 28 points. Tyler Elbrecht continues to rack up the PIMs with a whopping 105 on the campaign,good enough for an average of 2.5 penalty minutes per game. Elbrecht is still well back of the lead league in that category, as Indy’s Garrett Clarke sits with 197 total.

There are only three contests left for the Mavs in January, a pair against the Rapid City Rush next weekend, and closing out the month against the Colorado Eagles on the 30th. Keep an eye on M&G as we’ll check back in with Kansas City in two weeks!