PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – A tough, defensive-minded third period and the play of Shane Owen in the net led the Missouri Mavericks to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Sundogs Friday night.

“We got the early lead and we were able to hold onto it for another close win,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said by phone moments after the win.

“Winning like this can be a double-edge sword. We’ve got two, 3-2 wins, and we’ve found a way to win two on the road. But you’d like to see the boys get that early lead and maintain it throughout the game.”

The Mavericks got off to a strong start, scoring twice in a six-minute span in the first period to grab a 2-0 lead.

Trevor Kell scored on an assist from Matt Stephenson at the 9:30 mark. Colt King scored off an assist from Andrew Courtney at the 15:12 mark. The Mavericks led despite being outshot 10-8 in the period.

Things looked good for the Mavericks when John-Scott Dickson scored just 1:55 into the second period on assists from former Sundog Kyle Hood and Dave Pszenyczny.

But the Sundogs quickly closed the gap with two goals of their own in a six-minute span later in the second period. Justin Pender scored a power play goal at the 10:44 mark, and Sebastian Geoffrion added an unassisted tally at the 16:30 mark to cut Arizona’s deficit to one.

“The power-play goal came on the waning moments of a 5-minute power play,” Hillman said. “Shane did a great job in the net tonight and Obi Aduba played more than I thought he would play after just joining the team, and he made an impact.”