February 21, 2003
Contact: Brian Clark

Fresno Now Embarks on 11-Game Trip After 2-1 Loss to Gulls

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno Falcons gave up two goals in the third period to
San Diego's Jamie Black as they suffered a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Gulls
on Friday at Selland Arena in front of a crowd of 6,488.

Neither club found the back of the net in the first period despite the Gulls
owning an 11-6 shot advantage through the first 20 minutes. Six minutes
into the second period San Diego took two bench minors to give Fresno a full
two minutes with a two-man advantage. Kris Porter cashed in the opportunity
for the Falcons with his 23rd of the year from Jason McBain and Jason Weaver
at 7:02.

Fresno carried their 1-0 lead into the third before Black tallied his first
of the night at 3:29 just after a San Diego power play expired. The Falcons
killed off the Gulls' first eight power play chances before yielding the
game-winner while a man down. Black notched the go-ahead power play goal at
11:21 of the final frame following a mad scramble in front of the net after
his teammate Kevin Grant ripped a slapshot squarely off the right post.

Skating short-handed yet again in the final minute, Fresno was able to pull
goaltender Mark Gowan to create a five-on-five situation but never tallied
the equalizer.

The loss drops the Falcons to 27-18-5 as they lose ground in the standings
to both the Gulls and the Bakersfield Condors, who beat the Long Beach Ice
Dogs earlier in the evening, 6-2.

The club now embarks on the longest road trip in their history beginning
tomorrow night with the second half of a home-and-home with the Gulls in San
Diego. The 11-game trip takes them to every city in the league over the
course of 16 days. Tomorrow's game can be heard live on 103.1 FM, The
Mountain Cat, beginning at 6:50 p.m. with the Mail Boxes, Etc. Pre-game

1st Period Summary: None.

2nd Period Summary: 1, FRE, Porter 23 (Weaver, McBain), 7:02 (pp).

3rd Period Summary: 2, SD, Black 2 (Enga, Cousineau), 3:29. 3, SD, Black 3
(Pederson, Grant), 11:21 (pp).

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


Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 T
San Diego 11 10 8 29
Fresno 6 13 9 28

Saves: San Diego - Classen (27-28)
Fresno - Gowan (27-29)

Power Play Results: San Diego - 1 for 10
Fresno - 1 for 6