November 21, 2022
Mavericks have strong showing at USPHL Detroit Showcase
Mount Clemens, Michigan – Following a sweep against the Buffalo Stampede the weekend before, the Mavericks had a strong showing at the USPHL Detroit Showcase, winning their final three of four total games.
The Mavericks were shaky in their opening game against the Motor City Gamblers on Friday night, losing 6-2.
The Gamblers scored the first goal of the game, 4:38 into the first period, on a power play while defenseman Roman Boffa was in the penalty box for cross-checking. However, the Mavs and goalie Kyle Diehr finished the first period strong, not allowing another puck into the net to head into the second period only one goal behind the Gamblers.
Second period created a further divide in the score. The Gamblers added an insurance goal before New York-born right wing Bryce Kolpien scored the Mavs’ first goal of the series on a power play, 12:42 into the second period.
The Gamblers quashed any hopes of a Mavs comeback by scoring a goal less than a minute later, and adding another two goals before the end of the period. The teams went 1-1 in the third period, with California-born center Piercen Garcia scoring the final goal of the game with 7:22 left on the clock.
Early in the morning on Saturday, the Mavericks took on the Battle Creek Kernals with Brendan Cobb in net. Swedish defenseman Alex Varrin scored his first goal to start the Mavericks off, 3:48 into the first period. Kolpien added a second goal at 4:49 before the Kernals scored their sole goal at 7:10.
The Mavericks retained their 2-1 lead until 5:49 into the third period, when Kolpien added his third goal of the tournament to help the Mavs to a 3-1 finish.
The Mavs added another win to their record on Saturday night, when they defeated the Dells Ducks in an 8:30 p.m. game.
A goal-heavy first period saw veteran left wing Jadon Beard, Michigander defenseman Kyle Hauer, and New Yorker Daniel Schmidt each score a goal, while the Ducks were only able to score one goal against newcomer goalie Sheydon Kosie.
In the third period, Garcia and Captain Colin Crowley each added a goal in the third period, while the Ducks added a final goal with 1:16 left on the clock, for a final score of 5-2 for the Mavericks.
For their final game of the tournament, the Mavs faced the Decatur Blaze on Sunday afternoon. After a scoreless first period, Crowley put the first goal on the board, 6:18 into the second period. Hauer quickly added another a few minutes later, at 10:59, to give the Mavs a 2 goal lead.
The Blaze did not allow another Mavs goal and scored a shorthanded goal 12:42 into the third period, but the Mavs and goalie Brendan Cobb held strong to narrowly finish the game, 2-1, for Cobb’s second win in net of the tournament.
After Thanksgiving and The Game weekend, the Mavericks will face the Fort Wayne Spacemen and the Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones in a 3-game weekend. The Mavericks host the Spacemen on December 2 at 8:15 in Chiller North before traveling to Fort Wayne on Saturday, then returning to host the Cyclones on December 4 at 2:45 p.m
Winnie Ha, Mavericks Communications