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WSHL Monsters blank Bakersfield 7-0, NAHL loses 2-3 to Dawson Creek

Willie Hess scored late in the third period to bring the score within one
Willie Hess scored late in the third period to bring the score within one
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By Eddie Graveline,

Friday brought the beginning of another busy hockey weekend in Fresno. Both the NAHL and WSHL Monster teams had home games and were looking to get some momentum going.

NAHL Monsters lose another close one

The NAHL team played their second of the week against the Dawson Creek Rage. They picked up a point in an overtime loss on Wednesday night, but definitely wanted to win outright in the next two games. Although they played fairly well on Wednesday, they came out looking a little more determined on Friday night. Riley Borer broke loose coming out of the neutral zone after being set up by Brodie Lynott and Jordan Johnson. He skated straight up the slot and beat the Rage goalie to take the first lead of the game. The Rage came back and tied the game up at 12:38 and that's where the score remained going into the first intermission.

There was no scoring in the second period, but there was plenty of action. Most of it was penalties, though. Matt Coleman got an instigator penalty and game misconduct added on to a fighting major. The Monsters had been on a power play, though, so it didn't hurt too much. D.J. Carnley got in a fight as well, just seconds before the end of the period, but neither team scored, so it remained 1-1 going into the third period.

Dawson scored twice to take a 2-goal lead in the third period. The Monsters received a couple of questionable penalties that were pretty crippling. Louie Puig made a great save when Dawson Creek was awarded a penalty shot. Willie Hess scored at 18:00 to bring it back within one. The Monsters looked like they were gaining some momentum, but once again, they got penalized. This time Jordan Johnson was called for slashing when he went hard to the net, trying to jam the puck in. At that point, Monster coach Eric Ballard lost his temper and started yelling at the refs. They assessed him a bench minor and then he really got angry. He threw a water jug onto the ice, then all of the sticks on the bench and was ejected from the game. Although they ended up losing, fans were very appreciative of the emotion.

After the game, Assistant Coach Mike Perkins decided to take the high road and focus on what the Monsters need to do on the ice to improve. "Special teams was the difference in the game, once again," he said. "We had our opportunities on the power play and didn't capitalize. Dawson Creek made theirs count. If we want to win games down the stretch, we have to win the special teams battles."

WSHL Monsters blank Bakersfield 7-0

Six different Monster players scored as the WSHL team worked the Bakersfield Condors over by the tune of 7-0. Donny Coyle had 2 goals and 2 assists, while Andrew Pierson had a goal and 3 assists. Nick McKee and Rob Kolander both had 2-point nights and Fresno native Kyle Baker also chipped in with a goal. Of course, the start of any shutout is the goalie and although Marcus Harbison wasn't particularly busy, he stopped the 11 shots that the Condors sent his way.

Both Monster teams are back in action at Selland Arena tomorrow. The WSHL team plays Bakersfield at 3:30 PM, while the NAHL squad plays their last against Dawson Creek at 7:35.


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