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Mavericks: Unhappy New Year

Flames Affiliate in KC Loses 7 of 9, Struggling Early

When we last checked in with the Flames’ ECHL affiliate in Kansas City, the Mavericks had a tough start to their new season. That trend has continued into their second week, as the team has failed to register wins in all but two of their first nine contests to start the campaign. It’s not an ideal start, and currently sees KC sitting in 5th place in the Mountain Division, two points ahead of last place Rapid City and five points back of fourth place Tulsa.

GAME BY GAME:

Jan 2nd- KC Mavericks 3 vs Tulsa Oilers 4 -LOSS

Jan 5th- KC Mavericks 4 vs Wichita Thunder 8 -LOSS

Jan 8th- KC Mavericks 1 @ Wichita Thunder 0 -WIN

Jan 9th- KC Mavericks 1 @ Wichita Thunder 2 -LOSS

Jan 10th- KC Mavericks 2 @ Wichita Thunder 6 -LOSS

THE SQUAD:

In a small sample size, Giorgio Estephan is leading the scoring charge so far. He’s atop the team chart for the second week in a row, doubling his point total from five to ten when we last checked in. Lane Scheidl remains in second place again this week, tacking on four more points over five games. Ross Olsson still leads the team with 18 PIMs, triple the next closest on the squad.

In the blue paint, Andrew Shortridge has been placed on the Injured Reserve list, opening the door for the Mavs to sign Matt Greenfield to a contract on January 9th. The news comes at a tough time for Shortridge, who posted a 39 game shutout against Wichita the day before on January the 8th. We’ll keep an eye out for any detailed news on his injury specifics and recovery moving forward

UP NEXT:

The Mavs will hit the road for the next couple weeks, rounding out January as the visitors in seven of their next eight contests. All of those games are against Mountain Division opponents, which will give KC a shot to make up some ground.

Check back with M&G to see how Kansas City fares in 2021!