Fresno Monsters Weekly Recap & News

Mar 10, 2011 | 2011 Articles, Sports

by Fresno Monsters

MONSTERS WEEKLY — Fresno Monsters Hockey

Posted March 10

vs. Kenai River Brown Bears – Soldotna Sports Center – Soldotna, AK

FRIDAY, 3/4/2011: The Monsters struggled to find the back on the net on Friday, dropping the first game of a two-game set to the Kenai River Brown Bears by a final score of 7-1.

SATURDAY, 3/5/2011: Kenai River got the best of the Monsters for the second-straight game in the final game match-up by a score of 6-3.

WSHL Monsters News: The WSHL Monsters began Round 1 of the playoffs against defending-league champion Phoenix Polar Bears. The Monsters won Friday by a score of 4-2, but Phoenix rallied back on Saturday by a score of 7-5 to force the deciding-game 3 in the best-of-three series. Sunday was a defensively-sound game for both squads, but Phoenix was the only team to find the back of the net. They scored midway through the first period and never looked back. The Polar Bears also scored an empty-net goal to seal the 2-0 victory, the round, and eliminate the Monsters from the playoffs. The Phoenix Polar Bears will take on the Idaho Jr. Steelheads in Idaho this weekend in the WSHL conference final. The winner of the round will play the winner of the Mid-West conference for the Thorne Cup and will play in the Tier III Junior A National Championships in Rochester, Minnesota April 1-5, 2011.

#4 – DEFENSEMAN CODY OSBURN: In 49 games with the WSHL Monsters this season, Osburn tallied 8 goals (5 game-winning goals) and 21 assists for 29 points. He has also committed to attend and play Division III hockey at Worcester State University in Massachusetts for the 2011-12 season.

#3 – DEFENSEMAN ANDREW PIERSON: In 49 games with the WSHL Monsters this season, Pierson recorded 5 goals (1 game-winning goal) and 26 assists for 31 points

#25 – DEFENSEMAN HARRISON PETERS: In 31 games with the WSHL Monsters this season, Peters tallied 2 goals and 6 assists for 8 points.

#14 – FORWARD JEFF PURSLOW: In 20 games with the WSHL Monsters this season, Purslow notched 2 assists and 26 penalty minutes.

NAHL Monsters Hockey
Friday & Saturday, March 11th &12th: 8:30 pm @ Palmer Ice Rink in Palmer, AK vs. Alaska Avalanche – Catch the game live on

Friday & Saturday, March 18th & 19th: 7:05 pm @ Toyota Center in Wenatchee, WA vs. Wenatchee Wild – Catch the game live on

Friday & Saturday, March 25th & 26th: 7:35 pm @ Selland Arena, Fresno, CA vs. Wichita Falls Wildcats
-Tickets are only $7 for either game (assigned seating)
-Friday is Autism Awareness Night w/ Post-Game Jersey Auction (Auction to benefit Autism Speaks)
-Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night with prize giveaways to fans throughout entire game


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