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Contact: Nick Strait
November 8, 2002
FALCONS COME UP SHORT TO CONDORS
Fresno Drops Third Straight Game to Bakersfield
FRESNO, Calif. - After three meetings
this season, the Fresno Falcons still
can't solve the Bakersfield Condors as the Falcons fell to the Condors, 2-1,
Friday night at Selland Arena. For the Falcons, it was their third straight
loss to their Highway 99 rivals and they have now dropped consecutive games
for the first time this season.
The first period saw the two teams
exchange goals within a span of two
minutes. Scott Borders put the Falcons on top first with his power play goal
at the 12:34 mark for his second tally of the season. David Bell knotted
things up for the Condors two minutes later when put in his first goal of
With the score tied at 1-1 in
the second period, Jamie Cooke gave the
Condors the lead at the midway point of the hockey game when he fired home
his fourth goal of the season. Cooke's goal would prove to be the game
winner, as the Falcons went scoreless over the final 40 minutes of the
hockey game. Falcons goaltender Terry Friesen gave his team a fighting,
stopping 19 shots in the third period, but it still wouldn't be enough to
keep the Falcons out of the loss column.
The Falcons special teams shined
once again as they stopped all six of the
Condors power play opportunities while converting on one of their four
chances. Friesen made 31 saves for the Falcons between the pipes.
The loss drops the club's record
to a mere one game above .500 at 5-4-0,
with 10 points. They remain tied for third place in the West Coast Hockey
League standings with idle Long Beach Ice Dogs. Both teams trail the San
Diego Gulls by one point for second place in the standings.
These two teams will return to
the ice tomorrow night for a 7:30 p.m.
rematch. The game will feature a pregame ceremony to honor the retirement of
all-time Falcon great Greg Spenrath. Spenrath's #27 will be hoisted to the
rafters of Selland Arena while the first 2,000 fans at Saturday night's game
will receive a free Spenrath bobblehead courtesy of AT& T Wireless. Tickets
are still available at the Selland Arena box office, all Ticketmaster
locations, or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.