Cincinnati Drops 4-3 OT Game to Kansas City

February 1, 2023 – ECHL (ECHL) – Cincinnati Cyclones news release

Kansas City Mavericks goalie Shane Starrett in action
Kansas City Mavericks goalie Shane Starrett in action
(Cincinnati Cyclones)

Cincinnati, OH-Three different players scored for Cincinnati, but a late, game-defining power-play goal from Kansas City followed as Pascal Laberge scored 6-06 into overtime to lead the Mavericks to a 4-3 win on Wednesday night Center of the Erbbank.

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 on April 14th and 15th.

The first half featured early and late goals, beginning with Theo Calvas giving Kansas City the first goal to make it 2-12 in the contest, which Beck Warm fired into the high slot with a wrist shot. Matt Berry (9) found the net before the break and scored his 100th ECHL goal with 29 seconds remaining. Berry hit a breakaway and grabbed two shots, both the first and rebound chances, which were stopped by Shane Starrett. The veteran winger continued to fight for the puck, staying in the zone and getting another chance down the right side of the ice that went through traffic to level the game at 1-1.

A late goal in the first was followed by an early strike in the second as Lincoln Griffin (15) jumped onto the board after 49 seconds and shot through Starrett’s legs to give the ‘Clones a 2-1 lead. Cincinnati retained the lead until Kansas City reversed the script. Keeghan Howdashell scored late in the second goal and grabbed a rebound from Warm with just 1:09 left in the third.

Cincinnati got their power play going when Jalen Smereck (5) with his fourth man unloaded a wrist shot from the left striker that went over Starrett’s shoulder, giving the Cyclones a 3-2 lead with the third 11: 15 stayed.

The Mavericks rallied late with a game-winning goal on their seventh power play when Hugo Roy pocketed it from the left side of goal with 2:24 left. In overtime, Laberge received an outlet pass from Tommy Muck for a three-for-three last-minute breakaway. The fifth-year pro used his backhand to elevate a puck from Warm in the 4-3 final.

Warm made 25 saves while Starrett blocked 38 Cyclones shots.

Cincinnati continues their home start in February with a Friday night matchup against Indy Fuel.

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