The Missouri Mavericks got their season record back to even with a 3-1 showing through four hockey games last week.
They’ve proven tough to beat on the road, too, going 5-2-1 in their last eight after starting the season 0-4-0 away from Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. This bodes well for the next couple of weeks, as five of Missouri’s next seven are on the road.
Mavs’ ECHL record: 8-8-1, fourth in Mountain Division.
Last week (3-1-0): The Mavs won 4-3 in overtime at Orlando on Nov. 21, then suffered their only loss of week in a 7-2 decision at Orlando the next night. Dane Fox forced overtime in the first game with 2:53 left in regulation, and Ville Husso stopped a 2-on-0 breakaway that led to Sam Povorozniouk’s coast-to-coast winner in OT. The seven goals allowed to the Solar Bears the following day were the most the Mavs have given up this season. But they collected a pair of victories at Indy on Saturday and Sunday, winning 6-1 and 2-1. Five players scored against the Fuel Saturday and Josh Robinson stopped 22 shots for his fourth win of the season. The next day, Ville Husso recorded 41 saves and Kevin Tansey scored Missouri’s first shorthanded goal of the season.
This week: Wednesday vs. Allen Americans, 7:05 p.m.; Friday at Fort Wayne Komets, 7 p.m.; Saturday at Cincinnati Cyclones, 6:35 p.m.
Wednesday marks the the second of six home games for the Mavericks against Allen this season, but their last until March 3. ... The Komets beat the Mavs 6-4 and 6-1 in Independence this month and so far are the only team to have defeated Missouri at home this season. ... Saturday’s match at Cincinnati is the only time the Mavs will play the Cyclones this season. The Cyclones are 0-4-2 in their last six games.
Leaders: Goals: Sam Povorozniouk, 7; assists: Fox, 8; points: Rocco Carzo/Fox, 13; wins: Robinson, 4.
Notable: Carzo tied Fox for the team lead in points (13) with a goal in each of the Mavs’ four games last week. ... The Mavs have gone 13-for-13 on the penalty kill, and have one shorthanded goal, in their last five games (4-1-0). ... Defenseman Tansey is on a point-per-game-pace since joining the Mavs on Nov. 14. They’re 5-1-0 since his arrival via loan from the Chicago Wolves. ... Husso has won his last two starts and is on his first personal winning streak as a pro. He has a .956 save percentage and a 2.13 goals-against average in his last three appearances. ... All Mavs games are streamed live on MissouriMavericks.com and on their mobile app.