RECAP: Fresno Moves Into First Place in the Western Division



Fresno Monsters @ Valencia Flyers


Fresno 6, Valencia 5 – The Fresno Monsters allowed a two-goal lead to slip away late in the game, but rebounded to win, 6-5, on a goal by Jeremy Velazquez :42 into overtime.


Velazquez, acquired from the Cheyenne Stampede two weeks ago, not only had the game-winner he also contributed three assists in the game.


Danylo Moroz’ goal 5:59 into the second period gave the Flyers a 3-0 lead, but the Monsters stormed back, scoring the next five goals to go from down 3-0 to ahead 5-3.


Valencia’s Bryan Gowin stopped the bleeding at the 13:04 mark of the third period, getting the Flyers within a goal, and Dylan San Agustin scored the tying goal with 2:46 left in regulation.


Overtime started with :45 left on a Fresno power play, so the Monsters skated 4-on-3, and put their skating and skill on display.


Velazquez came through the neutral zone with the puck and sent it to Joel Brotzge along the right-wing boards at the Valencia blue line. He gained the zone, then hit Petr Philippov with a cross ice pass. Phillippov skated towards the Flyers net then, when he got to the left circle, passed it back to Velazquez in the slot and he buried the game-winner.


It was a tough loss for Valencia’s Mack Willy, who made 14 of his 29 saves in the third period.


Tyler Mathews picked up the win for Fresno, making 25 stops.