Contact: Nick Strait
November 23, 2002

Fresno Drops Second Straight Game In Boise

BOISE, Idaho. - The Fresno Falcons played a hard fought game Saturday night
but came up on the wrong end of the scoreboard, falling, 2-1, to the Idaho
Steelheads at the Bank of America Centre. Mike Mathers netted the lone goal
for the Falcons, who dropped their second straight game to the Steelheads
and are now winless in seven of their last nine games.

Idaho got all the scoring they would need in the first period as Cory Morgan
and Joe Rybar each tallied goals to give the Steelheads the 2-0 advantage.
After a scoreless second period, Mathers brought the Falcons back within a
goal midway through the third period when he put the puck into the upper
right hand corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season. Fresno made a
late rush, pulling goaltender Terry Friesen for an extra attacker in the
final minute of the game, but was unable to get the puck in the net to send
the game to a shootout.

Friesen turned in another solid performance in net for his team, stopping 35
of the 37 shots that the Steelheads fired at him. Jason Cugnet made 28 saves
between the pipes for Idaho in the win. Neither team accomplished anything
on the power play, as the Falcons penalty killers killed all three of the
Steelheads chances while Idaho stopped both of Fresno's opportunities.

The loss drops the Falcons record below the .500 mark for the first time
this season at 7-8-1 with 15 points. At the moment, they remain tied for
third place in the WCHL standings with the idle San Diego Gulls. The loss
also dropped heir road record to 1-4, as the Steelheads inched closer to
evening the season series, where the Falcons still hold a 3-2 edge.

The team will return to the Golden State to take on the Gulls at the San
Diego Sports Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live
on 103.1 FM, The Mountain Cat, beginning at 6:50 p.m. with the Mail Boxes,
Etc. Pre-Game Show. The Falcons will return home on Friday, Dec. 7, to take
on the Long Beach Ice Dogs at 7:30 p.m. The game will be the team's 3rd
Annual Teddy Bear Toss and the first 5,000 fans will receive a free team
photo, courtesy of Baja Fresh and ValPrint. Tickets are available at the
Selland Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by going on-line at

Fresno at Idaho

1 2 3 T
Fresno 0 0 1 1
Idaho 2 0 0 2

Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
Fresno 9 9 11 29
Idaho 18 11 8 37

Period 1
Scoring: 1, IDA, Morgan 8 (Shermerhorn, Mylymok), 7:53. 2, IDA, Rybar 6
(Flichel, Swanson), 19:59.
Penalties: Shockey, IDA (Unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:54; Both, Fre
(Slashing), 5:54; Vasut, IDA (Fighting), 10:23; Prosofsky, FRE (Fighting),
10:23; Short, FRE (Holding), 14:11; Shockey, IDA (Slashing, Roughing),
16:33; Landry, FRE (Roughing), 16:33.

Period 2
Scoring: none
Penalties: Todd, FRE (Delay of game), 3:58; Morgan, IDA (Interference),
11:44; Mylymok, IDA (Slashing), 20:00; Both, IDA (Slashing), 20:00.

Period 3
Scoring: 3, FRE, Mathers 5 (Porter, Schoneck), 10:25.
Penalties: Suchanek, IDA (Roughing, Fighting, Misconduct), 4:45; Landry, FRE
(Fighting, Unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:45; Short, FRE (Holding), 6:34;
Atkinson, IDA (Roughing), 9:54; Todd, FRE (High sticking), 9:54.



Fresno - Friesen - 35-37
Idaho - Cugnet - 27-28


Fresno - 0 of 2
Idaho - 3 of 3