FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2002
Contact: Brian Clark
FALCONS SWEEP ICE DOGS
Gulutzan Provides Second Straight Shootout Winner
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Fresno
Falcons overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the
Long Beach Ice Dogs 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday in front of 4,570 at Long
Beach Arena. The victory came on the heels of Fresno's 5-4 shootout triumph
the night before. Both contests needed extra shooters and both were decided
by goals from player/assistant Glen Gulutzan.
Fresno got off to a sluggish start
in the first period as Long Beach took a
1-0 lead 2:11 into the game off Pat Brush's first goal as a pro. Tyler
Willis would make it 2-0 when he beat Falcons netminder Mark Gowan with a
backhand at 16:31, and Fresno headed to the second trailing by a pair.
The Falcons finally beat Ice Dogs
goaltender Mike Buzak at 13:10 of the
second period when Colin Embley sent home his eighth of the year off passes
from linemates Mike Barrie and Tyler Prosofsky.
Still trailing 2-1 as the third
began, Fresno was handed a two-man advantage
early in the frame. With another delayed call in effect, Cory Murphy beat
Buzak off a wrister at 2:18 to tie the game at two. The Falcons were unable
to find the go-ahead goal despite the five-on-three situation continuing
plus another four-minute power play immediately following, and the teams
headed to their second straight shootout.
On Friday night it took eight
rounds before Gulutzan provided the difference
and Saturday's tie-breaker needed sudden-death as well. This time Gulutzan
was the sixth shooter and after beating Buzak again, Gowan stopped an effort
from Willis to secure the 3-2 win.
The four-point weekend brings
the Falcons back to .500 at 10-10-3. Their 23
points put them fifth in the standings, one point behind Long Beach and
eight points back of the third place San Diego Gulls. Fresno has now gone
to a shootout in each of its last three games.
The Falcons' next game is against
the Bakersfield Condors on Thursday, Dec.
26, before they return home for two games to finish out the calendar year.
They will play the second half of a home-and-home series with Bakersfield on
Friday, Dec. 27, and then welcome the Ice Dogs to Selland Arena on Saturday,
Dec. 28. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m. with tickets still available at the
Selland box office, at all Ticketmaster locations and online at www.
1st Period Summary: 1, LB, Brush
1 (Kelleher, Pinc), 2:11. 2, LB, Willis 2
(Allard, Ewasko), 16:31.
2nd Period Summary: 3, FRE, Embley 8 (Barrie, Prosofsky), 13:10.
3rd Period Summary: 4, FRE, Murphy 3 (Haupt, Gulutzan), 2:18 (pp).
Shootout: Fresno: Todd (miss),
Murphy (miss), de Luis (miss), Haupt (miss),
Porter (goal), Gulutzan (goal)
Long Beach: O'Connor (goal), O'Leary (miss), Attard (miss), Peyton (miss),
Wismer (miss), Willis (miss)
Scoring by Period: 1 2 3 SO T
Fresno 0 1 1 1 3
Long Beach 2 0 0 0 0
Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 SO T
Fresno 7 11 15 1 34
Long Beach 11 12 4 0 27
Saves: Fresno - Gowan (25-27)
Long Beach - Buzak (31-33)
Power Play Results: Fresno - 1
for 8, Long Beach - 0 for 5