FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2003
Contact: Brian Clark
GULUTZAN'S FOUR GOALS LEAD
BLITZ OF SAN DIEGO
Falcons Win, 8-3
FRESNO, Calif. - Glen Gulutzan
became the fourth Falcon to score four goals
in a single game this season as the Fresno Falcons trounced the San Diego
Gulls, 8-3, on Tuesday at Selland Arena in front of a crowd of 3,240.
Fresno's Colin Embley led off
the scoring with his 15th of the season at
5:46 of the first before Jason McBain slammed home his second tally of the
year off a rebound to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead with 5:18 gone in the
second. The game turned 180 degrees in a matter of seconds, though, after
Clayton Read re-directed a Trevor Sherban shot for his 14th of the season
and then added his second of the night just 20 seconds later at 7:05 of the
second to tie the game at two.
After seeing their two-goal lead
vanish, Fresno responded by ripping off
three in a row over a span of 3:39. The Falcons took their second lead of
the night two and a half minutes after Read's tying goal when Gulutzan beat
San Diego goaltender Cris Classen with a wrist shot from between the
circles. He tallied again on the power play at 11:06, and Drew Schoneck
polished off a gorgeous cross-ice, backhand feed from Ryan Duthie with the
clubs four-on-four at 13:06.
The Falcons began the third with
a 5-2 lead and San Diego cut it to 5-3
after Dean Tiltgen knocked in a rebound at 7:08 of the final period. Fresno
answered with yet another three-goal outburst to finish off the final half
of the frame. Scott Borders tied Embley for the league's rookie goal
scoring lead with his 15th at 10:07, Gulutzan blasted a slapper by Classen
on the power play to complete the hat trick at 16:00, and the Falcons'
all-time leading scorer capped the evening off with his fourth tally from
right on the doorstep at 18:16.
The effort doubled Gulutzan's
goal output this season, running his total to
eight on the year, and he joined Kris Porter, Mike Barrie and Jason Weaver
as Falcons this season that have scored four goals in a single game. Mark
Gowan won his ninth consecutive decision in goal for the club after making
The victory moves Fresno to within
a single point of both the Gulls and
Bakersfield Condors, who lost 4-3 to the Anchorage Aces on Tuesday. The
Falcons are 24-15-5 with 53 points, one point out of second place.
Fresno and San Diego battle one
another again tomorrow night beginning at 7
p.m. It is Ladies Night at Selland Arena as prizes will be raffled off
throughout the game to the ladies in attendance. The first 2,000 fans will
also receive a World's Finest Chocolate candy bar. Tickets are available at
the Selland box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at
1st Period Summary: 1, FRE, Embley 15 (Landry, Both), 5:46.
2nd Period Summary: 2, FRE, McBain
2 (Porter, Weaver), 5:18. 3, SD, Read 14
(Sherban, Tiltgen), 6:45. 4, SD, Read 15 (Garrow, Pederson), 7:05. 5, FRE,
Gulutzan 5 (Weaver, Haupt), 9:27. 6, FRE, Gulutzan 6 (Murphy, McBain),
11:06 (pp). 7, FRE, Schoneck 3 (Duthie, Borders), 13:06.
3rd Period Summary: 8, SD, Tiltgen
18 (Enga), 7:08. 9, FRE, Borders 15
(Gulutzan, DeWaele), 10:07. 10, FRE, Gulutzan 7 (Murphy, McBain), 16:00
(pp). 11, FRE, Gulutzan 8 (Landry, Weaver), 18:16.
Scoring by Period: 1 2 3 F
San Diego 0 2 1 3
Fresno 1 4 3 8
Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 T
San Diego 10 7 10 27
Fresno 8 15 8 31
Saves: San Diego - Classen (23-31)
Fresno - Gowan (24-27)
Power Play Results: San Diego
- 0 for 2
Fresno - 2 for 4