INDIANAPOLIS – Kansas City Mavericks goaltender Tyler Parsons followed a big night with an ever better one.
After halting 34 of 36 shots in a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Cyclones Friday night, Parsons stopped all 38 shots to lead the Mavericks to a 4-0 shutout win over the host Indy Fuel Saturday night at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
That gave him 74 stops in two nights and a 6-2 record entering Monday’s game at Wichita (see www.examiner.net/sports for results of that game) and helped the Mavericks improve to 13-15-2-0 and pull within a point of sixth-place Tulsa.
His 38 saves were the most by a Mavericks goalie this season and it was the first shutout by a Mavs netminder this year. The Mavericks also killed off all seven Indy power plays while converting on one of their four chances with the man advantage.
Forward Mitch Hults, after getting the game-winner Friday, had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s win over the Fuel.
Zach Osburn scored the only goal the Mavericks would need at the 8:39 mark of the first period on assists from Darian Dziurzysnki and Bryan Lemos.
Just more than three minutes later, Hult made it 2-0 with a goal – his third in three games – on an assist from Jack Walker.
After a scoreless second period, Ryan Van Stralen took a pass from Hults and beat Indy goalkeeper Gordon Defiel with a shot to make it 3-0 at the 11:03 mark of the third period.
Justin Woods capped the scoring with a power play goal at 16:12 of the third on assists from Tad Kozun and Cliff Watson.
On Friday, Parsons’ strong night in the net got an exclamation point from Hults.
Hults scored the game-winning goal with just 18 seconds left to back Parsons in the 3-2 win over the ECHL Central Division-leading Cyclones at Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati.
Parson stonewalled the Cyclones (19-7-4-0), stopping 34 of 36 shots.
Rookie forward Ryan Galt had two assists on the night for the Mavericks,.
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 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.
Van Stralen gave the Mavericks a 2-1 lead with a goal on assists from 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.