FRESNO MONSTERS VS. VALENCIA FLYERS
Fresno Monsters 6, Valencia Flyers 4
The Fresno Monsters pulled away from the Flyers after opening the first period with a pair of goals and adding two more in the second period to gain a 4-0 lead. Mikhail Gavrilenko and Ty Woodard each scored twice to facilitate the win.
Nikhil Pool got the flyers on the board scoring at 12:41 of the second period making it 4-1. However, the Monster’s Antoine Dumoulin re-established the three-goal margin late in the frame.
Valencia caught Fresno sleeping just after Dumoulin’s goal, and connected on three straight to make it 5-4. Nikita Garin collected two of the three goals and Cole Sykes also put one home.
Gavrilenko put the game away with 36 seconds remaining in the final frame, and gave Fresno its first win of the weekend.
FRESNO MONSTERS VS. ONTARIO AVALANCHE
Fresno Monsters 1, Ontario Avalanche 6
Gabel Longshore scored a hat trick and three additional players for the Avalanche outmatched the Monsters in Selland Arena. Ontario wins its second consecutive game against Fresno.
Unlike versus the Flyers, the Monsters met greater resistance as they fell to the 5-0 deficit to start the third period. Jonathan Kornreder remained firm through the first two frames making 22 saves to keep Fresno off the board.
Fresno was finally able to beat Korneder at 8:24 of the third frame when their leading scorer, Narek Aleksanyan, put one away.
Korneder made a total of 32 saves equating to a .970 SV% and his sixth win of the season.
Fresno Monsters 1, Ontario Avalanche 2
Game 2 was a lot more even and scoring wasn’t as abundant with goals coming early in the game, and in the final minutes. Mark Kurlianchyk’s goal at 17:22 of the first period withstood the length of the game and ended up being the game-winner.
Liam Massie started early for Ontario, who opened the scoring less than a minute into the match.
The Monsters could successfully find a goal scoring on a two-man advantage, 5-on-3, late in the game. This time, it was Romi Huunonen who provided the solid goal tending making 35 saves to fend off the Monsters.
Ontario remains one point away from fourth place in the Western Division standings. The Monsters also remain in first place with a nine-point advantage.