CINCINNATI – A strong night in the net from Tyler Parsons got an exclamation point from Mitch Hults.
Hults scored the game-winning goal with just 18 seconds left to back Parsons’ big night in goal as the Kansas City Mavericks stunned the host Cincinnati Cyclones 3-2 Friday night at Heritage Bank Center.
Parson stonewalled the ECHL Central Division-leading Cyclones (19-7-4-0), stopping 34 of 36 shots to improve to 12-15-2-0.
Rookie forward Ryan Galt had two assists on the night for the Mavericks, who head to Indianapolis to meet the Indy Fuel at 5:05 p.m. (CST) Saturday night.
Brady Vail tied it for Cincinnati with 8:30 left, scoring a power play goal.
Hults, though, caused a turnover near the Cyclones’ zone and beat Cyclones goaltender Michael Houser with his shot at the 19:42 mark to lift the Mavericks, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Captain Rocco Carzo put the Mavericks ahead 1-0 early, scoring off assists from Justin Woods and Galt just 2:45 into the first period.
Cincinnati, though, tied it just more than two minutes later when Shaw Boomhower at the 4:28 mark.
Parsons, meanwhile, kept it tied entering the third period, stopping all of Cincinnati’s 16 shots in the second period and 28 of 29 total through the first two periods.
Ryan Van Stralen gave the Mavericks a 2-1 lead with a goal on assists from Jack Walker and Galt.
Vail tied it about seven minutes later before Hults buried the game-winner.
The Mavericks won despite being outshot 36-18 for the game and going 0-for-5 on the power play. But they killed off five of six Cyclone power plays.