Tyler Parsons has already experienced the ups and downs of professional hockey just a few games into his rookie season with the Kansas City Mavericks.
After a tough team and personal start, the 20-year-old goaltender is riding high as the Mavericks are on a five-game winning streak and he was named CCM ECHL Goalie of the Week for Nov. 13-19.
Parsons played in four games last week, winning all four, and claimed his first professional shutout (2-0 over Quad City) to cap an undefeated road trip for Kansas City.
“It was a great week,” Parsons said. “We got off to a good start with the win at home (5-2 Kids Day Game Tuesday morning against Tulsa) and kept rolling on the road. The defense has been playing great and the offense is scoring goals.
“I might have been honored (by the league) but this is an honor that everyone can share. We’re playing hockey, really strong hockey, for 60 minutes and that’s how you win five games in a row – especially when you play four games in five nights in three cities.”
The Mavericks (9-6-0-0) have vaulted from sixth place in the ECHL’s Central Division to second place with 18 points, trailing only Toledo (11-2-2-0, 24 points).
“We just go out and get the job done,” Parsons added. “We can’t control the schedule. Now, we just go out and play. We got off to a kind of slow start, and for me personally, I had to get used to the pro game, the travel, all of that. I feel so much more confident now and can’t wait for Wedneday’s game at home against Wichita.”
The Mavericks are back in action at 7:05 tonight as they play host to the Thunder at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
The former second-round NHL Draft pick of the Calgary Flames saved 135 of 141 shots faced for a .957 save percentage last week.
The Chesterfield, Mich., native, who is listed as NHL.com’s top prospect in the Calgary Flames’ system, is now 6-4 on the year with a 3.40 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.
“He’s got so much talent,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said of Parsons. “You can tell he’s playing with a lot more confidence and we expect a lot of good things from him and the team the rest of the season.”