INDEPENDENCE, MO (Dec. 31) – Wichita closed the 2023 portion of the schedule on Sunday night, falling to Kansas City, 9-2, at Cable Dahmer Arena.
Peter Bates and Jay Dickman found the back of the net in the losing effort.
The Mavericks got off a fast start, scoring four times in the first period. Ryan Jones had a pair while Cade Borchardt and Jacob Hayhurst each beat Beck Warm to carry a 4-0 lead into the second period. Trevor Gorsuch came on in relief.
Hayhurst made it 5-0 at 1:42 of the second with an assist to Max Andreev.
At 8:26, Bates broke the shutout bid with a one-timer from the slot that beat Dillon Kelley.
The Mavericks added two more in the frame as David Cotton and Cole Coskey each scored to make it 7-1 after 40 minutes.
Ryan Jones recorded the hat trick at 5:20 of the third period. He fired a shot through a screen on the power play to make it 8-1.
Dickman made it 8-2 at 10:04 of the third. Nick Nardella fired a shot from the left circle. Kelley made the initial save, but Dickman tucked home the rebound with his backhand.
Casey Carreau added a power play goal at 17:42 to make it 9-2.
Wichita went 1-for-3 on the power play. Kansas City was 5-for-6 on the man advantage, which is a season-high for power play goals against this season.
Bates tallied his 17th goal of the year. Dickman recorded his 13th of the season and first goal since December 3.
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