FURY SEEING STARS AFTER ROUGH THIRD PERIOD

by Bill Norris

The Ontario Fury, Driven by Mark Christopher Chevrolet, gave up five third quarter goals as they fell to the Tacoma Stars 11-6 Friday night at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash.

Ontario trailed the Stars 4-3 at the half, but Tacoma scored five times in the third to take a 9-3 lead into the final quarter. Ontario, without head coach Jimmy Nordberg due to US Soccer coaching commitments, played most of the fourth quarter with goaltender Jose Miranda pulled. Using an extra attacker, the Fury were able to pull back within three goals at 9-6, before the Stars scored twice into the vacated net for the final tallies.

The Fury were haunted by former forward Nick Perera, who made his debut for the Stars on Friday night after having been traded west by the Syracuse Silver Knights. Perera, who was the Fury’s second leading scorer last season and was moved to Syracuse in the offseason, scored twice and had an assist, but was also key in setting up other scoring opportunities for the Stars, who are now a game behind the Fury for second place in the Pacific Division.

Leonardo de Oliveira led the Fury’s attack with two goals and one assist, while Thiago Goncalves had a goal and assist in the game. No other Fury player was credited with more than one point.

The two teams will meet again at 7 p.m. Thursday at Citizens Business Bank Arena, in a battle that has playoff implications.

 Tickets for the Jan. 11 game, as well as all Fury home games, are on sale now at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling the Fury’s offices at 909-457-0252. Group tickets and experiences are also available, including chances to be on the field before or after the game. Go to OntarioFury.com for more information about tickets or group plans.