It's fair to say that the Mavericks are one of the hottest teams in the CHL. The Mavericks came into Tuesday night's game versus Rio Grande Valley winners of four in a row (tied for their longest streak of the season) and also eight of their last nine games. The Killer Bees have been fighting for their shot at the playoffs, but currently sit in the sixth spot in the Southern Conference. The Mavericks have not had much success against the teams towards the bottom of the standings, losing at Amarillo last week, as well as getting swept at home by Arizona.
The Mavericks just did not have it on this night. They looked like a tired team, which is warranted considering this was their fourth game in five days, and they had just returned from Texas after their victory over the Brahmas. Rio Grande Valley would jump all over the Mavs in the first period, notching two goals and outskating the Mavs to the majority of loose pucks. The Mavs had a few chances earlier in the period, but could not find the back of the net.
The second period would be a scoreless staring match between the two teams, but the Killer Bees would continue their solid play in the third. Rio Grande Valley scored twice more, before Mavs defender Mike Burgoyne tallied a late powerplay goal to break up the shutout. By that point, it was too little too late. The Killer Bees would hold on for a 4-1 victory.
"I honestly think that fatigue caught up with us tonight. We had many mental and physical errors. Definitely not a night to try to battle back from behind. If we could have gotten the first goal, then we could have played a different style, maybe to better suit our energy level," Mavs coach Scott Hillman said after the game.
- Killer Bees goalie Wylie Rogers was awarded the 1st Star of the Game, Bees forward Grant Goeckner-Zoeller the 2nd Star, and Bees forward Zak McClellan the 3rd Star
- Former Mavs defender Andrew Davis made his return to the IEC. Even though his team won the game, he didn't have much success. He was held pointless, and took 8 penalty minutes
- The Mavs remain in the 5th and final playoff spot in the North, and trail Mississippi for 4th place by only one point
- Mavs defenseman Jared Lavender was injured in the first period with what the team is calling an upper body injury. He is expected to miss 1-2 weeks