Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Fresno Monsters defeated the Johnstown Tomahawks in a shootout 2-1 (2-0 SO).The shootout lasted for eight attempts between the teams. Fresno's other shootout goal was scored by Newton Fuller.
The Monsters came back from a one-goal deficit to capture the victory. Fresno was down 1-0 after a goal by Johnstown's JB Baker at 6:41 in the first period. The Monsters knotted things up at 1-1 on a goal by Mitchell Snyder at 15:45 in the first period.
Fresno was led by goalie Macauley Haight, who finished with 39 saves while allowing one goal. Haight certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 3.83 entering the contest.
The Monsters' penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four Johnstown power plays. Fresno's offense was clicking better than usual and put 20 shots on goal during the game, better than the 16.9 shots per game it averages.
More assists for Fresno came via Fuller and Gordon Wells, who each chipped in one.
The Monsters were unable to stop the Tomahawks from sending pucks towards the net, and Johnstown eventually piled up 40 shots on goal.
In addition, Johnstown received assists from Brandon Reinholz, who had one.
Fresno totaled 23 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 0-for-2 on the power play. For the Monsters, Matt Salituro was ejected from the game. The Tomahawks' Chris Truehl stopped 18 shots out of the 19 that he faced. Johnstown incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.