FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2003
Contact: Brian Clark
FALCONS' STREAK COMES TO SCREECHING
Club Shutout by Steelheads, 5-0
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno Falcons
suffered a 5-0 shutout at the hands of
the Idaho Steelheads on Friday in front of a crowd of 5,366 at Selland
Arena. The loss snapped the team's season-high six-game win streak.
Fresno was kept in the game early
after several top-notch saves by
goaltender Terry Friesen, who was finally beaten at 6:55 of the first off a
rebound by Joe Rybar. Idaho would add to their lead when Derek Paget fed
Dampy Brar in the slot at 13:50 to take a 2-0 lead into the second period.
The teams played a scoreless second
period during which each club registered
seven shots on goal. Any chance the Falcons had of capturing their seventh
straight victory vanished in a matter of five and a half minutes of the
final period. Cory Morgan wristed home his 16th of the season at 5:26
followed by goals from A.J. Begg at 9:44 and Marty Flichel at 10:59 for the
final 5-0 margin.
The loss drops Fresno three points
behind the Bakersfield Condors in the
race for third place in the league, after Bakersfield defeated the Long
Beach Ice Dogs tonight, 5-1. The Falcons are now 18-13-4 on the year with
40 points, 12 points ahead of the fifth-place Ice Dogs.
The same two teams match-up again
tomorrow night at Selland beginning at
7:30 p.m. The first 1,500 fans will receive a free Falcons sports bag.
This current five-game home stand then draws to a close on Sunday at 5 p.m.
with the arrival of Long Beach.
1st Period Summary: 1, ID, Rybar
16 (Shockey, Burt), 6:55. 2, ID, Brar 1
(Paget, Copeland), 13:50.
2nd Period Summary: None.
3rd Period Summary: 3, ID, Morgan
16 (Brar, Paget), 5:26. 4, ID, Begg
(Flichel, Paget), 9:44. 5, ID, Flichel 21 (Suchanek, Rybar), 10:59.
Scoring by Period: 1 2 3 T
Idaho 2 0 3 5
Fresno 0 0 0 0
Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 T
Idaho 15 7 8 30
Fresno 6 7 10 23
Saves: Idaho - Cugnet (23-23)
Fresno - Friesen (25-30)
Power Play Results: Idaho - 0
for 1, Fresno - 0 for 2