FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2003
Contact: Brian Clark
FALCONS USE THREE-GOAL THIRD
TO DEFEAT ICE DOGS
Finish Six-Game Road Trip 4-1-1
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Fresno
Falcons broke open a tie hockey game with
three goals in the third period on Saturday to defeat the Long Beach Ice
Dogs, 4-1, in front of a crowd of 4,178 at Long Beach Arena.
Both teams were scoreless until
Jason McBain fired the puck into an empty
net after Long Beach goaltender B.J. Boxma misplayed a clearing attempt for
his first goal since his recent return to the Falcons at 1:41 of the second
period. Long Beach would tie the game at one with just 25 seconds left in
the frame when Bryan Vines beat Fresno netminder Terry Friesen with a wrist
shot from the left circle.
Still tied at one in the third
and the Falcons having failed to convert on a
5-on-3 power play, the Ice Dogs took another penalty to give Fresno a second
chance with the two-man advantage. Ryan Duthie would score his fifth of the
year and Jason Weaver would follow with his ninth as the Falcons converted
just 25 seconds apart on the ensuing two power plays to stake themselves to
a 3-1 lead. At 8:52 Colin Embley chipped home his ninth of the year, and
Fresno took a three-goal lead, 4-1, in a span of two and a half minutes.
Neither team scored in the final
11 minutes as the Falcons tied a
season-high with their fourth straight victory to finish a six-game road
trip with a mark of 4-1-1. The win gives them a record of 16-12-4 and 36
points, three points behind the third-place Bakersfield Condors with two
games in hand.
Fresno plays their third game
in three days and fifth in six days tomorrow
at Selland Arena when they host the Anchorage Aces. Sunday's game begins at
5 p.m. and features between-periods entertainment provided by the
Zooperstars and posters commemorating Freddie the Falcon's birthday
celebration to the first 1,000 fans. Tickets are still available at the
Selland box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.
1st Period Summary: None.
2nd Period Summary: 1, FRE, McBain
(unassisted), 1:41. 2, LB, Vines1 (O'
Leary, Marshall), 19:35.
3rd Period Summary: 3, FRE, Duthie
5 (Murphy, Barrie), 6:33 (pp). 4, FRE,
Weaver 9 (Porter, Haupt), 6:58 (pp). 5, FRE, Embley 9 (Haupt, McBain),
Scoring by Period: 1 2 3 T
Fresno 0 1 3 4
Long Beach 0 1 0 1
Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 T
Fresno 7 9 17 33
Long Beach 5 13 4 22
Saves: Fresno - Friesen (21-22),
Long Beach - Boxma (22-26), 48:52
- Buzak (7-7), 11:08
Power Play Results: Fresno - 2
for 9, Long Beach - 0 for 8