The Mavericks’ 19-2-0-1 start is their best in franchise history.
The Mavs played a perfect November (12-0) and have started December with two wins: 3-0 on the road vs the Evansville IceMen on Dec. 2 and 5-2 at home on Saturday against their longtime rivals, the Wichita Thunder. Their 14-game win streak is the longest active streak in the league.
“We felt we had all the right pieces this season, but didn’t anticipate a streak like this,” said Mavericks coach Richard Matvichuk. “I am proud of our guys and we will work hard to continue this during our upcoming December homestand.”
Mav named player of month
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Mavericks forward Jesse Root was voted the ECHL Player of the Month for November. Root leads the league in goals (13) and is second in points (28).
The Pittsburgh native is a Yale graduate who’s playing his first full season in Kansas City. He is under contact with the Mavs’ AHL affiliate — the Bridgeport Sound Tigers — and was recalled to the Sound Tigers on Tuesday.
“When we set out to secure an NHL affiliation for the Mavericks, our goal was to be a key part of the process in graduating players to the next level,” said Mavericks president and owner Lamar Hunt Jr. “We are happy to see the talent of players like Jesse Root showcased to our fans at our Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, and even more proud to see our players succeed at the next level.”
‘Star Wars Night’ is coming
The final hockey home stretch of the 2015 season hits Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on Friday Dec. 18th through Sunday Dec. 20.
The Mavericks will give away youth jerseys to the first 750 fans age 14 and under on Friday, Dec. 18.
On Saturday, Dec. 19, the team celebrates “Star Wars Night,” with over 20 costumed characters on the concourse before the game. An adult-jersey giveaway follows Sunday afternoon (Dec. 20) to the first 1,500 fans age 15 and older.
Islanders in the house
The Mavs’ new NHL affiliation has brought some new faces to their home games this season, including 1980 USA Hockey Olympic gold medalist and four-time Stanley Cup champion Ken Morrow.
Morrow is the director of pro scouting for the Islanders and a resident of Parkville.