FURIOUS COMEBACK BOLSTERS PLAYOFF HOPES

by Bill Norris

The Ontario Fury, Driven by Mark Christopher Chevrolet, scored six consecutive goals after falling behind 4-0 Friday night to beat the winless El Paso Coyotes at the El Paso County Coliseum.

Tino Nunez started the comeback in the second quarter, as the Coyotes scored four times in the first 15 minutes. Down 4-1 at halftime, Jinho Kim scored 3:19 into the third quarter to cut the lead in half, and Leonardo de Oliveira scored the first of his two goals 2:59 later, as Ontario closed to 4-3 after three quarters.

In the fourth, Nunez tied the game with his second goal of the game just 2:02 into the period. Ontario pulled ahead with 3:07 remaining as Israel Sesay scored his fourth goal of the year. De Oliveira scored an insurance goal into the vacated net with 1:00 left, which came in handy as El Paso’s Louis Herrera scored with 25 seconds remaining.

Joey Kapinos earned the victory in net for the Fury, making 13 saves, including five in the fourth quarter to preserve the Fury’s comeback. De Oliveira had three points to lead the Fury on offense.

The victory, coupled with Tacoma’s 9-6 loss to Chicago on Friday night, moved Ontario into second place in the Pacific Division, percentage points ahead of the Stars. The Fury still have a challenge ahead to make the playoffs, as they leave El Paso to the Dallas suburb of Allen to take on the Dallas Sidekicks on Saturday evening. And after Saturday’s game, the Fury head to Chicago to take on the Mustangs on Sunday afternoon.

Should the Fury advance to the playoffs, Ontario will host Game 2 of the Pacific Division series against the San Diego Sockers at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Game 1 of the series will be at 5 p.m. March 12 at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center. Tickets on sale date will be announced at a later date.

Season tickets for the Fury’s 2017-18 season are on sale now. Season ticket holders get the same tickets for every Fury home game, discounts on merchandise, parking and invitations to exclusive events with players throughout the season. For information about season tickets, go to OntarioFury.com or call the Fury’s offices at 909-457-0252.