PREVIEW: Monsters Head to Ontario This Weekend to Capture the West

FRESNO MONSTERS (13-6-0-0, 39 pts)


For the second week in a row, the Fresno Monsters posted a three-game sweep of a division opponent at Selland Arena. It not only gives the Monsters a six-game winning streak, it pulled them to within a single point of first place in the Western Division.

It has been a team effort in Fresno, but there are a trio of Monsters in particular, who have been producing at an impressive rate lately.

Petr Philippov produced three points in each game against San Diego last weekend, giving him 14 points (7-7-14) over the last six games.

Dustin Truex, meanwhile, extended his point streak to 10 games. He had collected 22 points (10-12-22) in that span.

Nakita Garin went through a stretch where he lit the lamp just once in seven games, but he still leads the club with 16 goals on the season after scoring four times in the last four games.

Jacob Haynes, three-year Monster (2013-2016), continues to produce with SUNY-Fredonia (NCAA Division III). Haynes went directly from the WSHL to NCAA hockey after scoring 52-goals for the Monsters during the 2015-16 season. As a freshman at Fredonia, Haynes scored 25 points (10-15-25) in just 21 games.

The 22-year-old Ontario native has five goals in the first eight games this season, giving him 51 points (23-28-51) in 53 career games for the Blue Devils.