September 18, 2022
Mavericks start strong, split opening weekend against Stampede
Lockport, New York — The Mavericks started their season strong, finishing 5-1 in their first game against the Buffalo Stampede on Friday night. Lewis Center native and newcomer goalie Kyle Diehr allowed a power play goal 11:54 into the first period, but Hunter Gentz, an 18 year old rookie left wing out of Mason, Ohio, quickly tied up the game before the buzzer sounded.
The Mavs - and Gentz - stayed electric the rest of the night. In his third season in the USPHL and only a few hours from his hometown of Corning, NY, Bryce Kolpien scored his first goal as a Maverick 8:16 into the second period to give the Mavs a 2-1 lead. In the last minute of the second and on a power play, Mavs veteran Colin Crowley added an insurance goal to the board.
Gentz proceeded to add two more goals for the Mavs in the third period, allowing for a solid 5-1 finish from the Mavs.
Despite outshooting the Stampede 47-21 and Diehr’s reprise in the net on Saturday, the Mavericks fell 4-0 in game 2. Again, Buffalo scored the first goal of the night, this time in the last minute of the first period, and the Mavs fought to regain their footing. The Mavs successfully held off the Stampede throughout the entire second period, but ultimately gave up three goals (including an empty net goal) in the third.
The Mavericks will travel to Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex in Chesapeake, Virginia to play in the 2022 USPHL Southeast Showcase this weekend, September 24th-26th.
Winnie Ha, Mavericks Communications