FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2003
Contact: Brian Clark
MCBAIN'S GOALS NOT ENOUGH
Falcons Now Winless in Six Straight After 3-2 Shootout Loss
FRESNO, Calif. - Defenseman Jason McBain scored twice, including
game-tying goal mid-way through the third period, before the Fresno Falcons
lost to the Long Beach Ice Dogs, 3-2 in a shootout, on Saturday at Selland
The Ice Dogs' Jeff Attard drew first blood when he beat Fresno
Terry Friesen on a wrap-around with a man all over his back at 11:22 of the
first. The Falcons tied the game at one toward the end of the frame as
McBain hammered home a shot from the point on the power play at 17:14 for
his sixth of the season.
Fresno generated several chances early in the second period
with the game
still tied 1-1 but could not solve Long Beach netminder Danielle Dube, who
was facing the Falcons for the first time this season. Mid-way through the
period the Ice Dogs capitalized on their first power play chance of the game
when Tyler Willis slid a pass across the slot to Michal Pinc, who banged
home his 10th of the year at 11:03.
Still trailing 2-1 entering the third, Fresno controlled play
in the final
frame before finally finding the equalizer at 10:40. McBain cut hard to the
net off the rush and beat Dube five-hole for his seventh of the year.
In the extra session, both goaltenders kept the first four shooters
each team off the board. Trent Clark then found the back of the net behind
Friesen for the Ice Dogs, and when Fresno captain Jason Weaver misfired on
Dube, Long Beach skated away with the 3-2 win.
Fresno has not won since defeating the Idaho Steelheads on March
2, a string
of six straight games that includes two shootout losses. Their record is
now 30-25-8 with 68 points.
The Falcons continue their current five-game home stand with
game in three days tomorrow afternoon at 5 p.m. against the Steelheads. It
is Family Day at Selland Arena sponsored by CentralValley.com, where fans
can download a coupon redeemable at the Selland box office good for six
balcony tickets to tomorrow's game for only $28. Tickets for tomorrow's
Taylor Cup Finals re-match are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets
and online at www.ticketmaster.com.
1st Period Summary: 1, LB, Attard 7 (Clark, O'Leary), 11:22.
McBain 6 (Murphy, Gulutzan), 17:14 (pp).
2nd Period Summary: 3, LB, Pinc 10 (Barrie, Willis), 11:03 (pp).
3rd Period Summary: 4, FRE, McBain 7 (Todd), 10:40.
Shootout Results: Fresno - Murphy (miss), Haas (miss), McBain
(miss), Weaver (miss)
Long Beach - Willis (miss), Barrie (miss), O'Leary (miss), Attard (miss),
Scoring by Period: 1 2 3 SO F
Long Beach 1 1 0 1 3
Fresno 1 0 1 0 2
Shots on Goal: 1 2 3 T
Long Beach 6 8 3 17
Fresno 9 10 7 26
Saves: Long Beach - Dube
Fresno - Friesen (15-17)
Power Play Results: Long
Beach - 1 for 2
Fresno - 1 for 4