WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - The Kansas City Mavericks concluded their season with a 2-0 loss at Utah on Saturday.
Here are three observations from the game:
Rumpel Tosses A Shutout
The Mavericks controlled play for most of the game on Saturday, finishing with a 35-28 advantage in shots on goal. Unfortunately Kansas City was not able to get a puck past Joel Rumpel, though, falling 2-0 to close the campaign. The netminder turned away several quality chances in the game and played a big role in sealing the weekend sweep for the Grizzlies, who trailed 26-13 in shots through 40 minutes while withstanding a strong push from the visiting team to close out the season.
Elbrecht Finishes Iron Man
Team captain Tyler Elbrecht holds the distinction as the lone iron man on the Mavs roster, the only player to compete in all 72 games on the year. Elbrecht finished the year with nine points while serving as a team leader and defensive-minded defenseman, routinely standing up for teammates all year long.
So Ends Season Nine
The Mavericks ultimately fell short of their goal of reaching the second season and the Kelly Cup Playoffs and will finish sixth in the Central. Kansas City weathered more than its fair share of adversity throughout the year, losing Rocco Carzo after just 12 games to a lower body injury, offensive force Mike McMurtry to AHL call-up after 36 games as well as forwards Justin Breton and Hunter Smith for extended periods. Add in a carousel in the blue paint and it's remarkable that the Mavericks were in the playoff picture into the final week of play. The ninth iteration of the Mavericks will go down as a blue-collar team that thrived on outworking opponents but ultimately fell just a few points short of the postseason.
The Mavericks will hold an end-of-season signing and sale event Tuesday from 5:30 through 8 p.m. at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, free and open to the public. All in attendance are asked to please enter through the team store entrance.
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