February 1, 2023 – ECHL (ECHL) – Cincinnati Cyclones news release
Kansas City Mavericks goaltender Shane Starrett in action (Cincinnati Cyclones) Cincinnati, OH-Three different players scored goals for Cincinnati, but a late Kansas City power play goal was followed by Pascal Laberge scoring 6:06 into overtime, leading the Mavericks to a 4-3 win Wednesday night at the Heritage Bank Center.
The Cyclones now have 51 points in 40 games (22-11-5-2), while Kansas City is 18-16-5. The ‘Clones will travel to Kansas City at the end of the regular season for games April 14-15.
The first period featured early and late goals, beginning with Theo Calvas giving Kansas City their first goal 2:12 into the contest, kicking it off Beck Warm on a wrist shot into the high slot. Matt Berry (9) found the back of the net before halftime, scoring his 100th ECHL goal with 29 seconds left. Berry took a breakaway and hit two shots, both opening chance and groundbreaking, that were stopped by Shane Starrett. The veteran forward continued to battle for the puck, staying in the zone and getting another chance on the right side of the ice that ran through traffic to tie the game, 1-1.
A late strike in the first was followed by an early goal in the second, when Lincoln Griffin (15′) leapt onto the scoreboard 49 seconds into the period, shooting through Starrett’s legs to give the ‘Clones a lead of 2-1. Cincinnati held the lead until Kansas City turned the script around, with Keeghan Howdashell scoring late in the second on a rebound from Warm with just 1:09 left in the period.
Cincinnati made its power play work when leading fourth man, Jalen Smereck (5) took a wrist shot from left point that went over Starrett’s shoulder, giving the Cyclones a 3-2 lead with 11 :15 remaining in the third.
The Mavericks rallied late with a game-tying goal on their seventh power play, when Hugo Roy slotted it in from the left side of goal with 2:24 remaining. In overtime, Laberge caught an outbound pass from Tommy Muck for a last-minute three-on-three run. The fifth-year pro used his backhand to lift Warm’s drive to make it 4-3.
Warm made 25 saves, while Starrett deflected 38 Cyclones shots.
Cincinnati continues its February start at home with a Friday night matchup against the Indy Fuel.
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