By Eddie Graveline, Glovedropper.com
After coming from behind to defeat the Long Beach Bombers 4-3 on Friday night, the WSHL Monsters were looking to make a completely different kind of statement on Saturday. The Monsters produced a solid, 60-minute effort that saw them establish control early and never let off the gas.
The Monsters came jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Zach Alvarez got on the board first, then Rob Kolander scored just over halfway through.
The second period got a little more chippy and penalties were the story for most of it, but the Monsters still managed to pot a couple of late goals to extend their lead. Ethan Carlson scored on a beautiful feed from Alec Hazelwood at 16:31. Fresno native, Kyle Baker, put one in on a power play at 18:52. He picked up a rebound right in front of the net, while David Kann and Jason Beisinger picked up assists.
The Monsters really opened it up in the third period. Nick McKee scored at 1:10 on a play set up by Don Coyle and Rob Kolander. Long Beach picked up their only goal of the game at 3:04 on a power play, but Don Coyle answered with the Monsters' sixth goal a few minutes later. That one also came on a power play, with assists going to Kolander and McKee. Zach Alvarez got his second of the gaem at 10:38, while Coyle added another at 12:41. The route was on and, not surprisingly, the penalty boxes were occupied for most of the period. Whenever a game is that lopsided, you can expect plenty of action after the whistles.
Marcus Harbison has to be commended for another strong performance in the Monster net. The team did a great job in front of him, outshooting Long Beach 39-21, but Harbison made a lot of great saves to make sure the game wasn't even close.
The WSHL Monsters will be back in action, hosting the Bombers for the third game of the weekend at Gateway Ice Center at 10:30 AM Sunday morning.