October 10, 2022
Mavs sweep the Cyclones in a pair of barnburners
Lewis Center, Ohio – Following a bumpy start to the season, the Mavericks headed into their home opener looking to turn things around. They did so in dramatic fashion and came out of weekend with two massive wins on the leaderboard.
Finishing 8-0, the Mavs home opener was nothing short of a barnburner.
Jake LaMaster – the 20 year old forward out of Findley, Ohio, who spent the last season with the Wooster Oilers – scored his first goal as a Maverick 9:51 into the first period.
That would prove to be the sole goal of the first, but the Mavs picked up their pace as soon as they took the ice in the second period, with Powell, Ohio native and third-year Maverick Graham Wood, scoring his first goal of the season unassisted 1:10 into the period. Brandon Kididis, another product of Columbus hockey, broadened the Mavs’ lead even further with a goal less than 2 minutes later, at 2:43.
Throughout the second, both teams picked up four minor penalties. The Mavs capitalized on the Cyclones’ third penalty of the period, when returning Maverick Jared Burkhart added a fourth goal to the scoreboard, prompting the Cyclones to change their goalie.
But when Cam DeForest was sent to the penalty box for interference 14:00 into the second, Kididis – who leads the team in both goals and points – quickly turned the penalty kill into a shorthanded goal, sending the puck past Cyclones replacement goalie John Rampe at 15:16.
With DeForest still in the box, returning Mav Piercen Garcia earned his first goal of the season, shorthanded 15:57 into the second, propelling the score to 6-0. But the Mavs weren’t done yet.
Defenseman Charlie Friel earned his first goal unassisted, on a power play, ten seconds before the buzzer ending the period sounded; and Kididis earned his third goal of the night 9:26 into the third period.
On Sunday, the Mavs traveled to meet the Cyclones at the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati. Although the Cyclones put a single goal past Diehr, the Mavs repeated their substantial win in another penalty heavy game, with Garcia and fellow returning Maverick Carson Johnston each scoring two goals. Rookie Hunter Gentz added his fourth goal of the season; and DeForest, Thiago Jeronimo, and David MacDonald notched their first goals of the season.
The final score was 8-1 for the Mavericks.
The Mavericks will welcome the Wooster Oilers at the OhioHealth Ice Haus in downtown Columbus this Friday, October 14.
Winnie Ha, Mavericks Communications