FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2003
Contact: Brian Clark
FALCONS BATTLE BACK TO EARN
Overcome 3-0 Deficit Before Falling in Shootout
FRESNO, Calif. - Kris Porter tied
the game at three with less than a minute
to play on Saturday night to bring the Fresno Falcons all the way back from
a late second period deficit of 3-0 before the Idaho Steelheads prevailed in
a shootout, 4-3, in front of a crowd of 7,019 at Selland Arena.
Idaho's Dan Shermerhorn, Dampy
Brar and Marty Flichel all scored, the last
coming at 16:23 of the second period, to give the Steelheads a 3-0 lead one
night after shutting out the Falcons, 5-0. But rookie Scott Borders
jump-started Fresno by scoring his 11th of the season with 1:05 left in the
frame to cut the Idaho lead to 3-1.
Borders opened the third by closing
the gap even further by batting a
rebound by Idaho goaltender Jason Cugnet for his second of the night, and
just 1:36 into the final period Fresno was within one, 3-2. The Steelheads
defense tightened and kept the Falcons off the board for nearly another 18
minutes. With under a minute to go and goaltender Terry Friesen skating off
in favor of an extra attacker, Jason Weaver re-centered a rebound after a
shot by Jason McBain, which found Porter for the game-tying goal with just
39.6 seconds to play.
The Steelheads' Dan Shermerhorn
was the first shooter and scored the only
goal in the shootout as he helped Idaho escape with the two points and the
4-3 shootout victory.
Fresno does earn a shootout point
and ups their fourth-place record to
18-13-5 and 41 points. The come-from-behind effort does not help them keep
pace with the San Diego Gulls and Bakersfield Condors, who each won earlier
in the evening, and drops the Falcons to eight points out of second behind
the Gulls and four points behind the third-place Condors.
Fresno concludes a five-game home
stand tomorrow with a 5 p.m. start against
the Long Beach Ice Dogs. The first 1,000 fans at Selland Arena will receive
a free Falcons "Department of Defense" poster courtesy of Jostens. Tickets
are still available for the game at the Selland box office, all Ticketmaster
locations and online at www.ticketmaster.com.
1st Period Summary: 1, ID, Shermerhorn 12 (Atkinson, Keup), 3:23.
2nd Period Summary: 2, ID, Brar
(Copeland, Paget), 10:08. 3, ID, Flichel 22
(Brar), 16:23. 4, FRE, Borders 11 (Barrie, DeWaele), 18:55.
3rd Period Summary: 5, FRE, Borders
12 (Barrie, DeWaele), 1:36. 6, FRE,
Porter 18 (Weaver, McBain), 19:20.
Shootout Summary: Idaho - Shermerhorn
(goal), Morgan (miss), Flichel (miss),
Mylymok (miss), Brar (miss)
Fresno - Murphy (miss), Porter (miss), Borders (miss), Weaver (miss),
Scoring by Period: 1 2 3 SO F
Idaho 1 2 0 1 4
Fresno 0 1 2 0 3
Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 T
Idaho 5 13 5 23
Fresno 8 5 11 24
Saves: Idaho - Cugnet (21-24)
Fresno - Friesen (20-23)
Power Play Results: Idaho - 0 for 5, Fresno - 0 for 6