September 27, 2022
Mavs Struggle at USPHL Southeast Showcase
Chesapeake, Virginia — The Mavericks traveled to sunny, sandy Southeast Virginia this past weekend to
participate in the 2022 USPHL Southeast Showcase. Despite battling against strong opponents from the Florida and Southeast divisions, the Mavs were unable to take a win away from the weekend, going 0-4.
First, the Mavs took on the Nashville Spartans for a late night game on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. Despite allowing three goals past newcomer goalie and Pittsburgh native, Aaron Symons throughout the night, the Mavs kept up with the Spartans: the Mavs had 33 shots on goal to Nashville’s 30. In his second goal of the season; Bryce Kolpien, the three-year USPHL veteran right-wing out of Corning, New York, tied the game at 1-1 9:53 into the first period. Columbus native Brandon Kididis also scored his first goal as a Maverick to shorten Nashville’s lead to 3-2 with only 49 seconds left on the clock, but were unable to tie the game up in the final seconds.
The Mavericks took on the Florida Eels at 12 p.m. on Sunday in a heartbreaking second game. The Mavs had a strong start - Roman Boffa, the 20-year-old defenseman out of Plano, Texas, scored his first goal in his second season as a Maverick and the first goal of the game 8:29 into the first period. Despite allowing two goals for Florida in the remainder of the first, a goal by second-year Maverick Carson Johnston 4:02 into the second period brought the Mavs back to a tie, and goals by Kididis and veteran Maverick Jadon Beard in the first half of the third period gave the Mavs a 4-3 lead.
However, the Eels tied the game at 4-4 with only 4:43 left on the board. 1:05 into their first overtime of the season, the Mavs let a goal past newcomer Minnesotan goalie Matthew Powell. Only a few hours later, at 8 p.m., the Mavs played the Tampa Bay Juniors. Johnston scored the first goal of the game 6:37 into the second period; however, the Juniors managed to take the lead by scoring two goals against Lewis Center native goalie Kyle Diehr in his third game in the net for the Mavericks. The game finished with a score of 3-1 after the Juniors scored an empty-net goal with 46 seconds left in the third period.
In their final game of the showcase, the Mavs lost to the Palm Beach Typhoon, 6-3. Kididis scored the first goal in what would prove to be a very penalty-heavy game, 4:22 into the first period. The Typhoon tied up the score by the end of the period, but Kolpien regained the lead, 3:54 into the second.
Despite a final goal by Mississauga-born center Colin Crowley 18:02 into the third period, the Mavs were not able to recover from the three shots that made it past Powell in the end of the second and beginning of the third period, and the two additional goals scored past Diehr after a goalie switch 5:32 into the third.
The Mavericks look to break their five game losing streak against the Metro Jets at the Mount Clemens Ice Arena in Mount Clemens, Michigan, on Sunday, October 2.
Winnie Ha, Mavericks Communications