The Fresno Monsters solidified their second place standing in the Western Division with a three-game sweep of the visiting Valencia Flyers at Selland Arena. Fresno now enjoys an eight-point cushion over third-place San Diego in the division standings with two games in hand on the Sabers.
Fresno 4, Valencia 3 – The Fresno Monsters rallied from a 3-1 deficit on home ice to claim a 4-3 regulation win on Thursday night.
Rory Scott scored 7:37 into the third period to tie it up, 3-3, and Petr Philoppov’s second goal of the game was the game-winner with 4:41 left in regulation.
Valencia goaltender Brooks Dimarino almost stole some points for the Flyers, stopping 21 of 22 shots in the second period alone, and making 48 saves in the game.
Tyler Matthews made 17 saves to earn the win for Fresno.
Fresno 7, Valencia 2 – Stanislav Danev scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Monsters won in less dramatic fashion Friday night by a 7-2 score.
Martin Dlugolisnky assisted on three straight goals and Gabriel Congac made 29 saves for Fresno.
Dylan San Augustin and Eimantas Norieka supplied the Valencia goals.
Fresno 4, Valencia 2 – Four different Fresno skaters scored, and Max Karlenzig stopped 24 of 26 shots, as the Monsters closed out the sweep with a 4-2 win on Saturday.
Nakita Garin, Jackson Bauml, Petr Philoppov and Rory Scott found the net for Fresno.
Tristan Warr, who scored both Valencia goals, scored with just under five minutes left in the game to get the Flyers within two goals, but that was where the rally ended.
Mack Willy made 34 saves for Valencia.