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Fresno Snaps Skid at War Memorial - Junior Hockey News

Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2013
By: Michael Gosnell

The Fresno Monsters wanted to break out of their losing streak and Johnstown wanted to pad their stranglehold on fourth place in the North Division.

Fresno would end up breaking out of the slump by notching a 3-2 shootout victory at the War Memorial.

"We never had it tonight," said Tomahawks head coach Jason Spence. "We let them back in the game. We got to play better than that to win."

Johnstown opened the scoring just 2:01 into the first period with a Cobi Smith-Mass goal. His goal from the slot was his fourth of the season and Cody Boyd picked up the assist.

Andrew McDonald added to the Tomahawks lead midway through the first, scoring his first goal in 11 games. The reunited McDonald, Zack Wallace and Connor Wright line factored in on the goal.

From there, Fresno took over the game.

Matt Salituro, who was acquired months ago from the Janesville Jets, scored a power-play goal and later added a highlight reel goal in the second period.

"He creates a ton of offense," said Monsters head coach Eric Ballard. "It was imperative we added some depth and he's done magnificent."

Fresno did a number of things to frustrate the Tomahawks and keep themselves in the game.

"They had good puck possession," Spence said. "They took the opportunities when they had them and got behind our defensemen."

Johnstown and Fresno traded chances in the third period but the game went into overtime and then eventually a shootout.

Newton Fuller and Mitchell Snyder put the puck past netminder Chris Truehl.

Cody Gylling scored in the shootout for the Tomahawks, who missed an opportunity to tie the shootout earlier because a Mitch Hall error.

Hall lost an edge and fell during his shootout attempt, which proved to be a turning point in the shootout.

Tomas Sholl made 30 saves for the Monsters and earned sixth win of the season.

"We have the ability to come from behind because no one has been down more than us," said Eric Ballard. "The turning point was us continuing to weather the storm. It was about us weathering the storm and coming out on top."

Fresno and Johnstown face each other for the final time Saturday at the War Memorial.

Spence added that he wants he team to bring more energy and be the first on pucks.

"We need to have more," Spence said.


posted Feb. 23rd, 2013 - 12:02am
David Saloka says:
What I saw tonight, seemed like a team going through the motions, playing out the string and waiting for the season to end. Why is that? What is going on in the locker room? We have seen this too many times with the Chiefs. It looked like they grabbed 20 guys off the street, gave them sticks and told them to go play a hockey game.

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