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The Fresno Monsters haven’t had to worry about securing a playoff spot since before the end of 2013, but their focus has not changed.
Led by head coach Bryce Dale, Fresno’s main concern going into the postseason is a consistent team effort.
“We want to be the same everyday. Every time we’re on the ice, we want to grow and continue to show a full effort,” said Dale.
The Monsters have set the pace all year in the Western States Hockey League’s Pacific Division, and hold a seven-point lead going into the home stretch over the Ontario Avalanche.
Team captain Justin Plate, Mike Nolan and Evan Ingram lead the Monsters up front.
All three players have produced at over a point a game thus far. On the back end, the Monsters are led by Michael Freeman and Gunnar Dircks. Both players have chipped in significantly on the scoresheet as well.
“We have our guys that we count on to put points on the board,” the coach said, “but we want to be four lines deep.”
British Columbia native Austin Piquette and Finnish goalie Jerry Kaukinen have been lights out all year for Fresno in net. It’s been an almost equal split in net between the two.
Unlike quite a few teams that are WSHL playoff bound, the Monsters and coach Dale have chosen not to shake up the roster at all.
“We believe in the guys we have here to get the job done. If the wheel isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” he said.
The supporting evidence couldn’t be stronger. The Monsters have yet to let go of the division lead and have already topped fellow WSHL division leaders El Paso Rhinos, Phoenix Knights, and Idaho Jr. Steelheads head to head this year.
Fresno will enjoy six of their final nine games at home leading up to the playoffs.
After three games in San Diego against the Gulls (Feb. 21-23), the Monsters play three game stints against the Ontario Avalanche and Lake Tahoe Blue respectively. The games against the Avalanche could very well decide who will take the WSHL’s Pacific Division title this season.
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