By Eddie Graveline, Glovedropper.com
Both Monster squads entered this weekend coming off of wins and were looking to keep the momentum up against division foes. The NAHL team split wins with Wenatchee the prior weekend, but were hoping to earn more points with a 3-game set against the Alaska Avalanche.
Brendan Bradley got the party started early, scoring just 50 seconds into the game on a play set up by Mikail Bushinsky and Dominic Valencia. Alaska answered with a goal of their own at 5:39 to tie the game back up. The same line struck again for the Monsters, though, at 16:02 on a power play. Bushinsky put the puck in after some hard work in front of the Alaska net. Bradley and Kyle Sucher picked up assists.
Apparently, Bradley liked being the first one to score in the first period, because he did it again in the seond. He scored unassisted just 3:58 in, stretching the Monsters' lead to 3-1. Alaska was able to bring it back within one goal just before the end of the period, scoring at 18:35.
The Avalanche weren't content to just ride off into the sunset and try again on Saturday. The scored 38 seconds into the third period to tie the game back up and were pressing for more. They got it with another goal at 3:56 while the two teams were skating 4-on-4, and took a 4-3 lead. There were multiple power play opportunities for both teams after that, but even though the momentum seemed to shift back and forth, the score remained. The Monsters tried just about everything, but couldn't get the equalizer before time ran out.
The Monsters will have another go with Alaska at 7:35 PM Saturday night at Selland Arena.
WSHL Monsters shut Bombers out
Continuing what can only be described as an absolutely dominant season, the WSHL Monsters womped on the Long Beach Bombers by the tune of 5-0. There were several stand-out performances for the Monsters, including Kyle Baker, who scored the first goal of the game (the eventual game winner) and added a couple of assists. Josiah Nikkel scored a couple of goals, Don Coyle had a goal and an assist, Rob Kolander had two assists and Cameron Coburn chipped in with the fifth and final goal of the game.
The WSHL team plays Long Beach again at 3:30 PM on Saturday at Selland Arena.