By Eddie Graveline, Glovedropper.com
After a dominant 9-2 win on Thursday night, the NAHL Fresno Monsters returned to Selland Arena on Friday for their second game with the Dawson Creek Rage and their last home game until after Christmas. They were looking to keep that momentum going with another win, which would give them some breathing room in the standings.
The game got off to a good start for the Monsters, when Mikail Bushinsky scored on a power play at 8:25 in the first period. Brendan Bradley and Riley Borer picked up assists on the goal and the Monsters were off to an early lead. The Rage scored at 11:12, though, and the score remained tied at one going into the first intermission.
Bushinsky scored his second of the night at 9:30 of the second period. He made a great steal as Dawson Creek was trying to get out of their own zone, got a clean breakaway on the goalie and scored to take the lead once again. Brendan Bradley was out for a penalty kill and with a great effort, scored short-handed at 12:10. Bushinsky picked up an assist on that one for his third point of the night. Petr Mainer scored with an amazing back hand shot at 18:28 to extend the lead just before the second intermission. Zach Wallace picked up an assist on that one.
Riley Borer got the third period off to a quick start with another goal for the Monsters at 2:12 in the third period. Bushinsky and Bradley both earned assists. Michael Harris scored at 4:41 on a play assisted by Chris Blessing and Petr Mainer. After a big fight earlier in the period, Chase Sisk finished the scoring for the Monsters with their 7th goal of the night at 13:48. Jace Paulseth and Jordan Johnson got the assists on that one.
"I thought the guys battled hard in both games of this series," Assistant Coach, Andy Maher commented. "It was nice to see us capitalize on some chances, because that's something we've had a hard time with at times this year."
The NAHL Monsters will travel to Dawson Creek, B.C. next weekend for two more games against the Rage before their holiday break.
WSHL Monsters rebound with big win over El Paso
After losing in a shoot-out on Thursday night, the WSHL Monsters came back in a big way against the El Paso Rhinos in El Paso, TX on Friday night.
The Monsters won by a final score of 8-4 and Fresno's own Jason Beisinger was without a doubt the breakout performer of the game. He scored three goals in the first period to give the Monsters a huge lead.
El Paso put two goals in in the second period, but so did Beisinger. He had a total of 5 in the first two periods.
The Monsters added three more goals to El Paso's two in the third period. Beisinger added two assists. Natural hat trick. Five goals. Seven points. That's a pretty solid night.
Nick McKee, Marc Haaf and Vinnie Ciaglo had multi-point efforts as well. The Monsters out-shot El Paso 45-38 in the game.
The Monsters have one more game on Saturday against El Paso, before boarding a bus for the long ride back to Fresno.