Embley's Goal in Final Minute Ties Game

ANCHORAGE - Named Player of the Week earlier in the day, Colin Embley lived
up to the advance billing by scoring twice in regulation, including with
under a minute to play to force a shootout, and again in the extra session
as the Fresno Falcons defeated the Anchorage Aces on Tuesday, 4-3, at
Sullivan Arena.

Despite getting outshot 5-0 in the early going the Falcons struck first,
scoring on their first shot on goal for the second straight game. Kris
Porter scooped up a loose puck through center after a shot was blocked in
the Fresno zone, and he fed Jason McBain on the resulting two-on-one for
McBain's fourth of the season at 7:12. Anchorage managed to even the score
with a power play goal at 13:44 from Ryan Moren. The Falcons then got
caught in a bad line change, and Kevin McNeill made them pay by scoring on a
breakaway at 16:35 to give the Aces a 2-1 lead after one.

Embley notched his first of the evening to tie the game at two as he danced
around an Anchorage defenseman before beating Aces goaltender Christian
Soucy at 4:28 of the second. The 2-2 tie lasted most of the second period
before the Aces took their second one-goal lead on the power play late in
the frame. Yvan Corbin took the puck away from Kirk DeWaele in front of
Fresno goaltender Mark Gowan and found the back of the net for his
league-leading 35th of the year to give the Aces a 3-2 lead heading to the

The Falcons remained a goal behind until with 1:58 left they challenged the
Aces' Tim Donnelly for having an illegal stick. For the second game in a
row, such a challenge was successful, giving Fresno a power play for the
remainder of the game. With less than a minute to go and Gowan having gone
to the bench, Embley hopped onto the ice as the extra attacker and took a
feed from Jason Weaver, which he banged home to tie the game at three with
47 seconds to play.

In the shootout, Gowan stopped all four Aces shooters and McBain and Embley
each scored for the Falcons to hand them their league-leading eighth
come-from-behind victory of the season when trailing after two periods.

The win moved Fresno to 29-19-5 and 63 points, six points behind both the
Bakersfield Condors and the San Diego Gulls, who are tied in second place in
the league.

The Falcons continue their current 11-game road trip tomorrow night with
their last game of the season at Sullivan Arena. All of the play-by-play
action can be heard on 103.1 FM, The Mountain Cat, beginning at 7:50 p.m.
PST with the Mail Boxes, Etc. Pre-game Show. Fresno then travels to Boise
for three games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the first-place Idaho

1st Period Summary: 1, FRE, McBain 4 (Porter, Weaver), 7:12. 2, ANC, Moren
3 (Csumrik, Corbin), 13:44 (pp). 3, ANC, McNeill 9 (Jones, Csumrik), 16:35.

2nd Period Summary: 4, FRE, Embley 19 (Landry, Schoneck), 4:28. 5, ANC,
Corbin 35 (unassisted), 16:26 (pp).

3rd Period Summary: 6, FRE, Embley 20 (Weaver, Landry), 19:13 (pp).

Shootout Summary: Fresno - Murphy (miss), Embley (goal), McBain (goal),
Porter (miss)
Anchorage - Corbin (miss), Daniels (miss), Larson (miss), Williams (miss)

Scoring by Period: 1 2 3 SO F
Fresno 1 1 1 1 4
Anchorage 2 1 0 0 3

Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 T
Fresno 9 12 8 29
Anchorage 13 7 7 27

Saves: Fresno - Gowan (24-27)
Anchorage - Soucy (26-29)

Power Play Results: Fresno - 1 for 6, Anchorage - 2 for 6