Fresno wins shootout, defeats Johnstown, 2-1

Fresno wins shootout, defeats Johnstown, 2-1

By Ed Sheets

For the second straight night, the Johnstown Tomahawks and Fresno Monsters needed extra hockey to determine a winner. Unfortunately, history repeated itself Saturday as Fresno defeated Johnstown in the shootout, 2-1, in front of the 6th sellout crowd of the season.

The Tomahawks dominated the shots on goal in the game, outshooting Fresno 40-20 overall, while leading in shots each period and in overtime.

Macauley Haight picked up the win stopping 39 of 40 shots and all four shots in the shootout. Chris Truehl took the loss stopping 18 of 19 shots, and two of four in the shootout. Truehl has played in 13 of the last 15 games, going 5-4-2.

Fresno was unable to register a shot until Daniel Rosse provided the team’s first with 5:12 remaining in the first period.

JB Baker put Johnstown on the board first by taking the puck into the slot and, after some impressive puck handling, was able to get it past the glove side of Haight at 6:41 of the first period. Baker has scored twice in the last five games.

Later in the first period, Fresno got on the board when Mitchell Snyder scored at 15:45.

Neither team would get on the board again until the shootout when Fresno received goals from Newton Fuller and Snyder.

The loss gives the Tomahawks 12 overtime and shootout losses this season, compared to 22 regulation wins.