Contact: Nick Strait
November 2, 2002

Rookie Colin Embley Nets Hat Trick in Fresno Win

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno Falcons enjoy taking their frustrations out on
the Idaho Steelheads. After losing only their second game of the season the
night before, the Falcons rebounded to destroy the Steelheads, 6-2, Saturday
night in front of 6,514 fans at Selland Arena. Falcons rookie forward Colin
Embley collected his first professional hat trick and Joe Frederick chipped
in a goal and two assists.

Fresno scored the first goal of the game when Frederick netted his third
tally of the season midway through the first period for the 1-0 lead. Austin
de Luis increased Fresno's lead to 2-0 with his third goal of the season
less than two minutes later. Idaho responded with a power play goal of their
own at the 16:52 mark of the period to make it a one-goal game, but that
would be the closest the Steelheads would get.

Embley started his goal eruption at the end of the first period when he
scored the first of his three goals on the evening with just over a minute
left in the period. After Porter's power play goal midway through the second
period gave the Falcons a 4-1 lead, Embley tacked on his second goal of the
game at the 16:35 mark of the second period. The hat trick was completed in
the opening minutes of the third period with his power play goal at the 3:32
mark that put the Falcons out in front 6-1. Idaho chipped in a goal towards
the end of the period, but the game was already decided at that point.

The Falcons shined on special teams tonight, scoring three power play goals
in their four opportunities. They also killed off eight of the Steelheads 10
power play chances. Terry Friesen was solid in net for the Falcons, stopping
30 of the 32 shots he faced, including 18 in the second period alone. The
Steelheads did outshoot the Falcons 32-27, including an 18-4 margin in the
second period.

With the win, the Falcons move their record to 5-2-0 with 10 points, but
remain in third place in the West Coast Hockey League standings, one point
behind the San Diego Gulls. They are now within five points of the
Steelheads for top billing in the standings with four games in hand.

The team will return to the ice on Monday, Nov. 4, when the Anchorage Aces
return to Selland Arena for a 7 p.m. start. Monday's game will also be the
first Guys Night Out, sponsored by Coors Light and New Rock 104. Tickets are
on sale now at the Selland Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, or
on-line at