When we last checked in with the Flames ECHL affiliate, they were struggling as they kicked off the 2019-202 campaign. The squad had gone 4-4-2 in their last ten contests and hadn’t won in regulation in their last three at 0-2-1, which had them sitting dead last in the ECHL’s Mountain Division with 14 points at 7th place. However, Kansas City has turned the corner in their most recent stretch. They’ve managed to collect wins in six of their last nine contests, including a four game winning streak to kick off the stretch, which included sweeping a three game set with the divisional Wichita Thunder. It’s got the Mavericks up to 24 points on the season, which is enough to get them out of the Mountain Division basement and move up one spot from 7th place to 6th, with a .480 winning percentage giving them the tie breaker over the Tulsa Oilers. Baby steps!
Game By Game:
NOV 30th- KC Mavericks 4 @ Wichita Thunder 3 WIN (OT)
DEC 1st- KC Mavericks 6 @ Wichita Thunder 2 WIN
DEC 6th- KC Mavericks 4 vs Wichita Thunder 1 WIN
DEC 7th- KC Mavericks 5 vs Fort Wayne Komets 1 WIN
DEC 8th- KC Mavericks 3 @ Florida Everblades 5 LOSS
DEC 10th- KC Mavericks 0 vs Indy Fuel 4 LOSS
DEC 13th- KC Mavericks 3 @ Florida Everblades 5 LOSS
DEC 14th- KC Mavericks 5 @ Florida Everblades 4 WIN (OT)
As when we last checked up, Rocco Carzo continues to lead the team in scoring, adding four goals and an assist in nine games to get him up to 18 on the year, with a five point lead over the rest of his closest team mates. Darian Dziurzynski continues to lead the tanksings in PIMs at 43.
In the blue paint, Flames prospect netminders Tyler Parsons and Nick Schneider continue to duke it out for playing time. Parsons had received six starts recently after having only started once all year prior, as his numbers have improved and slightly surpassed his team mate, while Schneider continues to lead the way in starts with his total up to 16. HAyden Hawkey brings up the rear with three games played on the year.
The Mavs will hit the road, as they will play the part of visitors for five of their next seven matchups. They’ll also face divison opponents in five games on that stretch, including the first place Allen Americans for a pair. Check back with M&G to see of the Mavericks can continue their climb up the standings in the hunt for a playoff berth!