Left winger Ross Johnston made franchise history Sunday when he became the first former Missouri Mavericks player to make an NHL debut.
Johnston scored four goals and had seven assists in 13 games with the Mavericks earlier this season. He was recalled to the New York Islanders — the Mavericks’ NHL affiliate — on an emergency basis Sunday morning. He made six hits and had four penalty minutes in just more than 16 minutes for the Islanders in their 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Johnston, 22, is the 599th player in ECHL history to play in the NHL.
The Mavericks won their final regular-season game on Saturday, defeating the Idaho Steelheads 3-1 on the road.
The Mavericks begin their Kelly Cup playoffs run with a first-round matchup against the Quad City Mallards. The Mavericks play host to the Mallards in game one at 7:05 p.m. Saturday and game two at 4:05 p.m. Sunday at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
The Mavericks-Mallards series continues at 6:35 p.m. April 20 and 7:05 p.m. April 22 in Moline, Ill. If necessary, the series will play a fifth game at 7:05 p.m. April 23 at Quad City, then return to Independence for game six at 7:05 p.m. April 26 and game seven at 7:05 p.m. April 27.