February 5, 2003
Contact: Brian Clark

Fresno Loses, 2-1

FRESNO, Calif. - One night after pouring in eight goals against the San
Diego Gulls, the Fresno Falcons managed just one goal in a 2-1 loss to San
Diego on Wednesday at Selland Arena in front of 4,373 fans.

San Diego's Clayton Read followed-up his two-goal performance from an
evening ago with his 16th of the year unassisted 2:55 into the hockey game
to give the Gulls a 1-0 lead heading to the second.

The teams were scoreless in the middle frame until time was ticking down to
end the period and Cory Murphy spun a wrist shot that deflected off the
stick of a Gulls player into the net with less than a second to play.

Tied at one as the third began, special teams proved the difference. San
Diego's Trevor Sherban scored the eventual game-winner on the power play at
4:35 when his slapshot from the left point beat Fresno goaltender Mark Gowan
to the blocker side. At 11:25, the Falcons had a full two minutes on a
five-on-three advantage but failed to convert. They were able to pull Gowan
in the waning moments and generated some pressure in the Gulls' zone but
never tallied the equalizer.

The loss drops the Falcons to 24-16-5 and 53 points. They finish a six-game
home stand this Friday against the Anchorage Aces. The 7:30 p.m. start
features a free Falcons baseball cap to the first 1,500 fans. Tickets are
still available at the Selland box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and
online at

1st Period Summary: 1, SD, Read 16 (unassisted), 2:55.

2nd Period Summary: 2, FRE, Murphy 9 (Weaver, Gulutzan), 19:59.

3rd Period Summary: 3, SD, Sherban 6 (Pederson, Cyrenne), 4:35 (pp).

Scoring by Period: 1 2 3 F
San Diego 1 0 1 2
Fresno 0 1 0 1


Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 T
San Diego 8 4 10 22
Fresno 9 9 11 29

Saves: San Diego - Koenig (28-29) Power Play Results: San Diego - 1 for 5
Fresno - Gowan (20-22) Fresno - 0 for 4