Contact: Nick Strait
November 26, 2002

Fresno Winless in Three Straight

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Fresno Falcons can't seem to buy a break these days.
Their latest setback comes at the hands of the San Diego Gulls, who defeated
the Falcons 3-2 Tuesday night in a shootout. Mike Mathers and Austin de Luis
each netted goals for the defending champs as the team is now winless in
eight of their last 10 games.

Fresno managed to get on the board first, as Mathers beat San Diego
goaltender Trevor Koenig for the 1-0 lead 13:36 into the opening period. The
Gulls however would tie the game 13 seconds later on Trent Clark's second
goal of the season. The score remained tied heading into the third period
when Mark Pederson gave the Gulls their first lead of the contest with his
power play just 1:08 into the third period. San Diego was able to hold their
lead a bit longer than the Falcons, but only by a minute as de Luis knotted
the game at two all just 1:13 later. Neither team was able to end the game
in regulation so they headed to a shootout.

Each team was able to score twice in the opening round of the shootout, with
Cory Murphy and Glen Gulutzan finding the back of the net for the Falcons.
In the first round of sudden death, the Gulls Mike Garrow beat goaltender
Terry Friesen for the win and the two points.

The Falcons, who were missing some of their key offensive weapons due to
injuries, managed to fire a mere 18 shots on goal, the second time in three
games that the Falcons failed to make at least 20 shots. The Gulls on the
other hand got off 35 shots at Friesen, who made 33 saves. Fresno went
scoreless in their lone power play opportunity while San Diego converted on
one of their three chances.

Despite picking up a point in the standings, the Falcons remain below the
.500 mark at 7-8-2 with 16 points. The Falcons now reside in fourth place in
the WCHL standings, one point behind the Gulls for third place. The victory
marked the Gulls first over the Falcons this season, as the team in now
3-0-1 this season against their southern rival.

The team will now take some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday before
returning to the ice on Friday, Dec. 7, to take on the Long Beach Ice Dogs
at 7:30 p.m. at Selland Arena. 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 San Diego

1 2 3 SO T
Fresno 1 0 1 0 2
San Diego 1 0 1 1 3

Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
Fresno 4 8 6 18
San Diego 15 12 8 35

Period 1
Scoring: 1, FRE, Mathers 6 (Short, DeLuis), 13:36. 2, SD, Clark 2
(Cousineau, Neale), 13:49.
Penalties: Prosofsky, FRE (Holding), 14:54.

Period 2
Scoring: None.
Penalties: Bench, SD (Too Many Men, served by Pederson), 12:38; Both, FRE
(Slashing), 19:10; Prosofsky, FRE (Interference), 20:00.

Period 3
Scoring: 3, SD, Pederson 8 (Enga, Read), 1:08 (pp). 4, FRE, DeLuis 6
(Mathers), 2:21.
Penalties: Todd, FRE (Unsportsmanlike-Conduct), 13:03; Cousineau, SD
(Unsportsmanlike-Conduct), 13:03.

San Diego Shootout Results
1. SD: Deschatelets- No Goal
2. SD: Tiltgen- Goal
3. SD: Pederson- Goal
4. SD: Neale- No Goal
5. SD: Enga- No Goal
6. SD: Garrow- Goal

Fresno Shootout Results
1. FRE: Murphy- Goal
2. FRE: Haupt- No Goal
3. FRE: Embley- No Goal
4. FRE: Borders- No Goal
5. FRE: Gulutzan- Goal
6. FRE: DeLuis- No Goal



Fresno - Friesen (60:00) - 33-35
San Diego - Koenig (60:00) - 16-18


Fresno - 0 of 1
San Diego - 1 of 3