FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2002
Contact: Brian Clark
FALCONS OVERCOME FOUR-GOAL
Catch Aces Twice in Third to Win 7-6 in Shootout
ANCHORAGE - Trailing 5-1 with
seven minutes remaining in the second period
and then later 6-5 in the game's final minute, the Fresno Falcons came from
behind twice in the third period on Tuesday to defeat the Anchorage Aces,
7-6 in a shootout, at Sullivan Arena in front of a crowd of 1,901.
For the second straight game Fresno
found themselves down 2-0 before the
game was five minutes old after Dean Larson and B.J. Young both scored for
the Aces. Falcons captain Jason Weaver cut the lead in half at 11:30 of the
first but Anchorage's Don Martin responded at 15:50 with his fourth goal in
as many games against Fresno to give the Aces a 3-1 lead after one.
Anchorage extended its lead just
33 seconds into the second period off a
re-direct from Yvan Corbin with a man draped all over his back. The Aces
would take their biggest lead of the night 13:04 into the middle frame when
Wes Dorey scored a power play goal to apparently bury the Falcons, 5-1.
Fresno began to chip away at the
deficit by converting two straight power
play chances. Cory Murphy beat Anchorage goaltender Ryan Person at 14:26 of
the second and then fed Weaver for his second goal of the evening 17 seconds
into the third to cut the Aces' lead to 5-3. Kris Porter scored his
team-leading 15th goal at 7:21 before Scott Borders capped off the come-back
at 10:55 with his sixth of the season.
Riding high with momentum and
on their seventh power play of the game,
Fresno looked to take their first lead of the game only to give-up a
short-handed goal to Corbin at 14:37. Forced to come-from-behind a second
time, defenseman Kevin Haupt ripped a slapshot by Person for the equalizer
with just 42.8 seconds to play as the Falcons skated on another power play
with the goaltender pulled. Tied at six into the shootout, Mark Gowan, who
had replaced starter Terry Friesen in goal for Fresno after the second
period, stopped all four Aces shooters and Murphy and Colin Embley each
scored to deliver the 7-6 shootout win.
The two points lift Fresno back
above .500 to 13-12-4 and 30 points. They
now own a four-point advantage over the Long Beach Ice Dogs in fourth place
in the standings, seven points behind the third-place Bakersfield Condors.
The Falcons and Aces square off
again tomorrow night in Anchorage. All of
the play-by-play action can be heard on 103.1 FM, The Mountain Cat,
beginning at 7:50 p.m. PST with the Mail Boxes, Etc. Pre-game Show. Fresno'
s longest road trip to date then continues on Friday at Bakersfield and
Saturday at Long Beach before the club returns home to face Anchorage again
on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 5 p.m. at Selland Arena.
1st Period Summary: 1, ANC, Larson
17 (unassisted), 2:33 (pp). 2, ANC,
Young 7 (Dorey, Drakensjo), 4:42. 3, FRE, Weaver 5 (Gulutzan), 11:30. 4,
ANC, Martin 6 (Dorey, Young), 15:50.
2nd Period Summary: 5, ANC, Corbin
18 (McNeill), :33. 6, ANC, Dorey 6
(Martin, Drakensjo), 13:04 (pp). 7, FRE, Murphy 4 (Haupt), 14:26 (pp).
3rd Period Summary: 8, FRE, Weaver
6 (Murphy), :17 (pp). 9, FRE, Porter 15
(Weaver), 7:21. 10, FRE, Borders 6 (Schoneck), 10:55. 11, ANC, Corbin 19
(Larson), 14:37 (sh). 12, FRE, Haupt 4 (unassisted), 19:17.
Shootout Results: Fresno - Murphy
(goal), Porter (miss), Embley (goal),
Anchorage - Corbin (miss), Young (miss), Daniels (miss), Dorey (miss)
Scoring by Period: 1 2 3 SO F
Fresno 1 1 4 1 7
Anchorage 3 2 1 0 6
Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 T
Fresno 19 7 10 36
Anchorage 13 14 9 36
Saves: Fresno - Friesen (22-27)
Gowan (8-9) - 20:00
Anchorage - Person (30-36) - 60:00
Power Play Results: Fresno - 3
for 8, Anchorage - 2 for 8