FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2003
Contact: Brian Clark
FALCONS MANAGE ONE COME BACK,
Fresno Falls to Bakersfield, 5-2
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno Falcons
overcame a 2-0 first period deficit to
tie the game at two early in the second but could not manage a second
come-back effort before eventually falling to the Bakersfield Condors, 5-2,
on Sunday at Selland Arena in front of a crowd of 4,902.
The Condors opened the scoring
at 8:44 of the first after Wes Swinson scored
his first in a Bakersfield uniform on the power play. They struck again
just 15 seconds later when former Falcon Christian Skoryna snuck a rebound
by Fresno goaltender Terry Friesen, and the Condors took a 2-0 lead to the
The Falcons controlled play during
the middle frame and quickly tied the
game. Colin Embley finally beat Condors netminder Kevin St. Pierre at 2:48
for his 17th of the year, which was followed by Ryan Duthie's ninth tally of
the season at 5:57. Fresno would generate many more scoring chances during
the second but were continually thwarted by St. Pierre, who made 34 saves on
the evening. Despite getting outshot 18-5 in the frame, Bakersfield
re-claimed a 3-2 lead heading to the third as Paul Willett lifted home his
19th of the season off a carom off the backboards at 11:52.
Bakersfield gained some breathing
room in the third to lead 4-2 when Shawn
Byram beat Friesen seconds after a Condors power play expired at 13:51.
Fresno never really threatened again, and Nate Anderson added an
empty-netter with 17 seconds to play for the final 5-2 margin.
The Falcons drop to 26-17-5 overall
and 2-8-1 against Bakersfield. They
lose ground in the standings, their 57 points trailing the third-place
Condors by six points and the second-place San Diego Gulls by eight points.
San Diego arrives tomorrow for
a 1 p.m. matinee at Selland. Tickets are
still available at the Selland box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and
online at www.ticketmaster.com.
1st Period Summary: 1, BAK, Swinson
1 (Goldie, Fair), 8:44 (pp). 2, BAK,
Skoryna 21 (Marostega, Goldie), 8:59.
2nd Period Summary: 3, FRE, Embley
17 (McBain, Landry), 2:48. 4, FRE,
Duthie 9 (Short, Weaver), 5:57. 5, BAK, Willett 19 (Lennartsson, Cooke),
3rd Period Summary: 6, BAK, Byram
16 (Skoryna), 13:51. 7, BAK, Anderson 10
(Willett), 19:43 (en).
Scoring by Period: 1 2 3 F
Bakersfield 2 1 2 5
Fresno 0 2 0 2
Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 T
Bakersfield 12 5 10 27
Fresno 11 18 7 36
Saves: Bakersfield - St. Pierre
Fresno - Friesen (22-26)
Power Play Results: Fresno - 0
for 3, Bakersfield - 1 for 2