January 12, 2003
Contact: Brian Clark

Fresno Wins Fifth Straight, 8-6

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno Falcons and Anchorage Aces combined for 14 goals
on Sunday as Fresno won its fifth straight, 8-6, in front of a crowd of
5,299 at Selland Arena.

Anchorage opened the scoring at 7:33 of the first period after Yvan Corbin
converted on the power play for his 20th of the year. Cory Murphy would tie
the game at one with a power play goal for Fresno at 12:34, but Kimbi
Daniels would strike short-handed at 15:15 to give Anchorage a 2-1 lead
heading to the second.

The second period was the most wide-open period of hockey - for both teams -
that the Falcons have played this season. The teams combined for nine
goals, five on the power play, as the Falcons out-gunned the Aces 6-3 in the
frame to lead 7-5 after two. The six goals for Fresno tied a franchise
record, and they set a new franchise mark for most shots in a period, when
they peppered Aces netminder Ryan Person with 31.

Things would settle down considerably in the third. Anchorage again made it
a one-goal game, 7-6, when B.J. Young beat Fresno goaltender Mark Gowan at
9:16 for his second of the night, but the Falcons hung on for the 8-6 win
after Kirk DeWaele iced the game with an empty-netter with 11 seconds to

The victory marked Fresno's season-high fifth in a row and moved them within
a single point of the third-place Bakersfield Condors. The Falcons are now
17-12-4 with 38 points.

Fresno and Anchorage meet again on Tuesday as the Falcons continue a
five-game home stand at Selland Arena. Face-off is at 7 p.m., and it is a
Carl's Jr. Two for Tuesday, with two-for-one coupons good for the game
available at Fresno area Carl's Jr. Restaurants. Tickets are still
available at the Selland box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at

1st Period Summary: 1, ANC, Corbin 20 (Daniels, Larson), 7:33 (pp). 2,
FRE, Murphy 5 (Barrie), 12:34. 3, ANC, Daniels (Williams), 15:15 (sh).

2nd Period Summary: 4, FRE, Haupt 5 (Landry), 3:00. 5, ANC, Young 10
(Larson, Corbin), 4:56 (pp). 6, FRE, Weaver 10 (Gulutzan, Porter), 7:04
(pp). 7, FRE, Barrie 3 (Duthie, Borders), 7:59. 8, ANC, Williams 1
(Dorey), 10:51 (pp). 9, FRE, Duthie 6 (Borders, Barrie), 11:10. 10, FRE,
Borders 10 (Barrie, Haupt), 13:35 (pp). 11, ANC, Corbin 21 (Martin,
Larson), 14:22 (pp). 12, FRE, Barrie 4 (Borders, Gulutzan), 19:11 (pp).

3rd Period Summary: 13, ANC, Young 11 (Drakensjo, Dorey), 9:16. 14, FRE,
DeWaele (unassisted), 19:49 (en).

Scoring by Period: 1 2 3 T
Anchorage 2 3 1 6
Fresno 1 6 1 8




Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 T
Anchorage 9 8 12 29
Fresno 12 31 10 53

Saves: Anchorage - Person (45-52)
Fresno - Gowan (23-29)

Power Play Results: Anchorage - 4 for 8, Fresno - 3 for 7