WICHITA, Kan. – They needed 19 extra seconds Wednesday night in Wichita, but the Kansas City Mavericks finally got past the arch-rival Thunder.
Darren Nowick scored just moments into overtime to lift the Mavericks to a 2-1 victory in a thriller at Intrust Bank Arena.
The Mavericks improved to 6-6-0-0 on the season and 1-3-0-0 against the 10-1-1-0 Thunder.
“A great road win,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said by phone on the team bus that was headed to Fort Wayne, Ind., for Friday’s game against the Fort Wayne Komets. “We got the puck in OT and Shawn Pauly took a shot that rebounded off their goalie and Nowick put it in the net out of the air. It was a great goal, a great way to end the game.”
Rookie goalie Tyler Parsons made 38 saves on 39 shots, the third-best save total of his young career, while claiming his second win in a row.
“Tyler played well,” Dickson added. “He made a great save late in the game and quite a few good saves in the first period, but this was a complete team win. The defense is really stepping up its game and it’s resulted in two wins in a row.
“A win like this sure makes for a better bus trip to Fort Wayne.”
Parsons also was in the net at Tuesday’s sold-out Kids Day Game at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, where the Mavs claimed a 5-2 victory.
“We’re really playing well, and we need to take our excitement and confidence on the road,” Parsons said after the win over the Oilers. “The defensive guys are stepping up their game and we’re scoring some goals. We’re all unhappy with our start to the season, but I think we’re about to start another streak where we’re playing good hockey.”
The Mavericks jumped on top 1-0 early as Mike McMurtry snapped a wrist shot past Wichita goalie Shane Starrett just over three minutes into the first period.
It was all Parsons from there in the frame as he amassed 18 saves in the first 20 minutes to preserve the Mavericks’ lead into the intermission.
The Thunder tied it in the second period as Zach O’Brien scored on a one-timer on a back-door setup behind Parsons into a wide open net.
The game headed to overtime after a scoreless third period that saw Parsons rob the Thunder on a shorthanded chance with less than a minute left in regulation.
The Mavericks then put a quick end to the extra session on Nowick’s goal.
Starrett, who was 2-0 against Kansas City, stopped 23 of 25 shots.
The Mavericks are off today, before kicking off a three-game weekend with a 7 p.m. (CST) Friday game at Fort Wayne.