January 30, 2022
Mavs Perfect in January
Four days, three games, two cities. The Mavericks had a busy week to wrap up the first month of 2022 as they faced a trio of road contests, including two mid-week matchups and a Sunday matinee. Tallying 19 goals in the three games, the Mavericks improved their current win streak to 8 games and solidified a perfect record for the month of January.
The week started of with a pair of road games against the Buffalo Stampede at Cornerstone CFCU Arena in Lockport, NY on Wednesday and Thursday. As Wednesday game got started, it would be the host Stampede who would draw first blood as Bryson Miller would open the scoring at the 1:34 mark. Jared Burkhart would respond first for the Mavericks at the 9:53 mark, assisted by Brian Odstrchel. Bailey Doust would extend the Mavs lead to two with an unassisted goal at the 15:28 mark.
As the second period opened, the Stampede would again score first as Max Ciepiela would tie the game at the 3:09 mark. Looking to make a statement, Tyler Isherwood would answer back with a pair of goals, assisted by Roman Boffa on the first and Kevin Uhlir and Brian Odstrchel on the second. Jadon Beard would round out the second period scoring for the Mavs with just 12 seconds left on the clock with an assist from Jackson Balemian.
Dominic Conte would open the scoring for the Mavs in the third period, assisted by Jadon Beard. Anton Petrovskiy was next up for the Mavs, scoring at the 10:40 mark, assisted by Tyler Isherwood and Kevin Uhlir. Graham Wood rounded out the scoring for the Mavs at the 11:03 mark, assisted by Ryan Lempicki and Dominic Conte. The Stampede would score a late goal in the third period, but it would not be enough to overcome the Mavs’ offensive firepower as they would take the game by a score of 8-3. Zach Waizmann got the nod in net for the Mavericks and turned away 11 of 14 shots on the game.
As the two teams faced off for their second game of the mid-week set, it was the Mavericks who would score first, as Dominic Conte tallied a goal at the 9:48 mark, assisted by Ryan Lempicki. Colin Crowley would score next for the Mavs with an unassisted goal at the 17:51 mark to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
As the second period started, Dominic Conte would pick up his second of the game at the 6:04 mark, assisted again by Ryan Lempicki. While it looked like it may be a repeat of the previous day’s lopsided score, the host Stampede weren’t going down without a fight. Max Ciepiela would score first for the Stampede as they looked to mount a comeback. Bryson Miller would score the second goal of the game for the Stampede to bring it within a goal going into the second intermission.
The third period would open with plenty of back-and-forth action, but no goals for the first 17+ minutes, before Colin Crowley would score the go ahead goal at the 17:20 mark, assisted by Thiago Jeronimo and Ryan Lempicki. The Stampede would score a late goal to again close the gap, but it would be too little too late as the Mavs would hold on to pick up the 4-3 victory. Frank Murphy got the start in net for the Mavs and stopped 21 of 24 shots on the afternoon to pick up the win.
As the weekend drew to a close, the Mavericks traveled south to Heritage Bank Center to play their third game of the week against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Sitting just one position above the Cyclones in the Great Lakes division standings, the Mavs readied themselves for a competitive game. The Mavs would strike first in the opening period as Dominic Conte would walk down the ice to tuck in an unassisted goal less than a minute in. The Cyclones would answer back to even the score before the Mavs’ Jackson Balemian would regain the lead for the visiting team, assisted by Graham Wood.
Once the second period started, it would be all Mavericks to the finish line. Kevin Uhlir would score his first of two goals on the game just under three minutes into the second period, assisted by Jack Williams. Next up for the Mavs was Thiago Jeronimo at the 5:37 mark, assisted by Colin Crowley. Dominic Conte would round out the second period scoring for the Mavs and pick up his second of the game at the 7:59 mark, assisted by Colin Crowley and Nik Jozefiak.
As the third period started, the Mavs offense looked to put the game out of reach for the host Cyclones. Colin Crowley kicked off the scoring in the third with his first of two at the 1:02 mark - unassisted. Kevin Uhlir was the next Mav to tally a pair of goals at the 10:33 mark, assisted by Colin Crowley and Tyler Isherwood. Colin Crowley would finish the scoring for the visitors and pick up his second goal (and fifth point) of the game at the 15:56 mark, assisted by Dominic Conte.
Frank Murphy got his second start of the week and turned away 19 of 20 shots to pick up the victory.
The Mavs are back in action next weekend as they face the Toledo Cherokee in a home-and-home series, beginning with a home game on Friday at OhioHealth Chiller North at 8:30 PM.