March 9, 2003
Contact: Brian Clark

Gowan's 53 Saves Not Enough in 3-1 Loss

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Mark Gowan's 53 saves were not enough to lead the
Fresno Falcons to victory in the final game of the longest road trip in
franchise history as Fresno lost to the Bakersfield Condors, 3-1, on Sunday
at Centennial Garden.

Both teams generated plenty of chances in the first period but only the
Condors' Nate Anderson found the back of the net. The rookie's 13th of the
season at 8:13 gave Bakersfield a 1-0 lead heading to the second.

During the middle frame Fresno gave up a season-high 25 shots on goal but
behind Gowan kept within a single tally. The Falcons' Alex Todd tied the
game at one off a pretty feed from newcomer Bruce Watson, who was making his
Falcons' debut, at 6:54 of the period. Bakersfield would re-take a one-goal
lead, though, after Paul Rosebush banged home a rebound off a two-on-one
with Jason Jackman at 13:29.

Still trailing by a goal throughout the third, Fresno pulled Gowan on
several different occasions until finally Christian Skoryna slid in an
empty-netter with less than 10 seconds to go to send the Falcons to defeat,

The loss gives Fresno an overall record of 30-24-7 and a mark of 2-10-1 in
the season series against the Condors. They limped through the final week
of their road trip by going winless in their last four games with five
regulars on the shelf with injuries. The Falcons completed the 11-game road
swing with a record of 3-6-2.

Fresno and Bakersfield square off again on Friday, March 14, as the Falcons
return to Selland Arena to open a five-game home stand. Tickets are still
available for the 7:30 p.m. start at the Selland box office, all
Ticketmaster outlets and online at

1st Period Summary: 1, BAK, Anderson 13 (Willett), 8:13.

2nd Period Summary: 2, FRE, Todd 2 (Watson), 6:54. 3, BAK, Rosebush 14
(Jackman, Fair), 13:29.

3rd Period Summary: 4, BAK, Skoryna 23 (Goldie), 19:54 (en).

Scoring by Period: 1 2 3 F
Fresno 0 1 0 1
Bakersfield 1 1 1 3

Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 T
Fresno 15 6 8 29
Bakersfield 15 25 16 56

Saves: Fresno - Gowan (53-55)
Bakersfield - St. Pierre (28-29)

Power Play Results: Fresno - 0 for 4, Bakersfield - 0 for 2