Fresno’s Evan Ingram scored just 1 minute and 32 seconds into the game and doubled the Monsters’ lead 15 minutes later in a 5-2 beating of Arizona in the Western States Hockey League on Friday.
The win clinched the three-game series for the Monsters (28-4-0-1), who trampled the Redhawks 7-1 in Thursday’s series opener.
Arizona (1-29-0-1) cut its deficit in half near the end of the first period but Fresno converted a power-play after the break on Owen Sikich’s goal on an assist from Corey Munro.
The teams close out the series at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Gateway Ice Center.
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• Saturday night's game will be celebrated as "Star Wars Night," a full-scale tribute to the epic sci-fi series. Members of the 501st Legion fan group will be promoting the new "Star Wars" movie and taking pictures with fans. Darth Vader will drop the puck, there will be Star Wars-themed music and sounds throughout the game, and all fans who come dressed as their favorite character get half off tickets.
• In Thursday's series opener, the Monsters opened the scoring on Kyle Jelinski's first-period goal and climbed to a 5-0 lead after two periods. The Redhawks avoided the shutout on a power-play goal with 10 minutes left in the third. Parker Olson had one goal and two assists to lead Fresno. Goalie Matthew Soldano had 14 saves.
Cal Poly tops Bulldogs men’s tennis team
The Fresno State men’s tennis team dropped its first dual match of 2015, losing 4-3 at Cal Poly.
Adam Glynn, Eric Komati and Youssef Hassan won singles matches to make it 3-3, but the tiebreaker came at court No. 3 as Cal Poly’s Garrett Auproux outlasted Euan McIntosh 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).
Sunbirds women fall twice in water polo
Fresno Pacific lost its first two matches at the Lou Tully Memorial Tournament, falling to Cal State East Bay 12-2 and Sonoma State 8-6.
Kelsie Harvey had 10 saves against East Bay and Courtney Hall 11 versus Sonoma State.