Fresno falls to San Diego before returning home this weekend

Fresno Monsters 5, San Diego Sabers 6(OT)

The San Diego Sabers expanded on their winning ways from last weekend as they persisted to an exciting overtime victory at home against the Fresno Monsters. It was a true battle of attrition as both teams traded goals and opportunities all night. William Baird’s overtime winner at 3:47 turned him the hero in the Sabers’ first meeting with the Monsters.

Ondrej Vaculik (3G) registered a hat-trick while three more Sabers had multiple point nights. For the Monsters, Petr Philippov (2G-1A), Narek Aleksanyan (1G-3A), and Zackory Turpin (3A) cashed-in several points.

The Monsters started the way they needed to netting the game’s first goal at 10:01 of the first. It didn’t stun the Saber’s who responded in the ensuing action, two minutes later. The trend continued for the length of the game as Fresno had three different leads, although, the Sabers always found a way to beat Max Karlenzig.

The Icoplex faithful was treated to a five goal third period to set up the intense overtime period.

Fresno Monsters 3, San Diego Sabers 6

With a better defensive effort, the following night, and the same offensive punch, San Diego was able to capture their fourth win in a row. The Sabers withstood a higher volume of shots this time around, but Calijah Hunter stopped 46 of 49 shots.

Quinn Patenaude (2G) and Trevor Wittkopf (2G-1A) each had two goals and nine more Sabers tallied points. On the other side, The Monsters received contribution from William Markstedt (1G-2A), Ty Woodard (1G-1A), Tristan Baker (1G-1A), and Mikhail Gavrilenko (2A).