Contact: Brian Clark
February 28, 2003


BOISE, Idaho - The Fresno Falcons fell to the Idaho Steelheads, 3-2 in a
shootout, on Friday night at the Bank of America Centre in Boise.

Fresno's Colin Embley kicked off the scoring with his 21st of the season
from linemates Brad Both and Jordan Landry at 4:02 of the first, and the
Falcons kept their 1-0 lead the rest of the frame.

Idaho re-asserted themselves in the second period with a pair of goals 10
minutes apart. Adam Copeland scored unassisted at 4:19 off a blast from the
point, and Scott Burt gave his club a 2-1 lead when he sent a puck by
Falcons goaltender Terry Friesen from between the circles at 14:19. Fresno
responded quickly, though, as Landry fed defenseman Jason McBain, who beat
Idaho netminder Blair Allison top shelf with a backhand for his fifth of the
season at 17:04, and the teams headed to the third deadlocked at two.

Neither club lit the lamp in the final period as McBain's goal ended up
serving as the game-tying tally. In the shootout Cory Murphy gave Fresno a
brief 1-0 lead, but Allison shut the door the rest of the way, stopping the
final four shooters he faced. Dampy Brar and Dan Schermerhorn both beat
Friesen to secure the two points for the league's first-place team.

With the shootout point the Falcons' record now stands at 29-20-6 with 64
points, still fourth in the league.

Fresno and Idaho play the second of a three-game set tomorrow night as the
Falcons continue their current 11-game road swing. All of the live
play-by-play action can be heard on 103.1 FM, The Mountain Cat, beginning at
5:50 p.m. PST with the Mail Boxes, Etc. Pre-game Show.

1st Period Summary: 1, FRE, Embley 21 (Landry, Both), 5:02.

2nd Period Summary: 2, ID, Copeland 11 (unassisted), 4:19. 3, ID, Burt 10
(Swanson, Atkinson), 14:19. 4, McBain 5 (Landry), 17:04.

3rd Period Summary: None.

Scoring by Period: 1 2 3 SO F
Fresno 1 1 0 0 2
Idaho 0 2 0 1 3

Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 T
Fresno 5 6 5 16
Idaho 10 11 9 30

Saves: Fresno - Friesen (28-30)
Idaho - Allison (14-16)

Power Play Results: Fresno - 0 for 3, Idaho - 0 for 3