February 16, 2003
Contact: Brian Clark

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
second period.

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

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 (34-36)
Fresno - Friesen (22-26)

Power Play Results: Fresno - 0 for 3, Bakersfield - 1 for 2