Dec. 12 - Dec. 18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2005
Contact: Brian Clark
LAST WEEK'S RECORD: 0-0-3 OVERALL RECORD: 10-4-7, 27 pts., 1st Place Pacific Division
Dec. 7 @ Alaska Aces, 4-3 Shootout Loss - In the second game of four in a row against the Aces, the Falcons' penalty kill kept the team in the game by thwarting 11 of 12 Alaska power plays. Fresno overcame deficits of 2-0, behind two power play goals 47 seconds apart from J.F. Plourde, and 3-2, thanks to a game-tying goal off the stick of Cory Murphy. Following a scoreless overtime, the Aces squeaked past the Falcons 1-0 in the shootout to capture the victory.
Dec. 9 @ Alaska, 5-4 Overtime Loss - Fresno again fell behind 2-0 before the game was even five minutes old but battled back to take a pair of one-goal leads behind four different goal scorers. The Aces tied the game at four with under seven minutes remaining in regulation before scoring a power play goal just 24 seconds into the extra session.
Dec. 10 @ Alaska, 3-2 Shootout Loss - After falling behind the Aces 2-0 for the third straight game, Fresno's Pete Fregoe and J.F. Plourde scored in the third period to draw the Falcons even and force overtime for the third game in a row, as well. Again the Falcons came up short in the tie-breaker, suffering their fifth straight loss when the game reaches a shootout.
THIS WEEK'S UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Dec. 16 @ Johnstown Chiefs, 4:30 p.m. Pacific* - The Falcons look to avenge a shootout loss to the Chiefs suffered on Dec. 2 at Save Mart Center.
Saturday, Dec. 17 @ Reading Royals, 4 p.m. Pacific* - A match-up between two first place teams. The Royals lead the ECHL's North Division as the week begins.
Sunday, Dec. 18 @ Reading Royals, 10 a.m. Pacific* - Note the early start time as the Falcons wrap-up a six-game road trip.
*Catch all of the live play-by-play action on 1550 Sporting News Radio beginning 15 minutes prior to face-off with the FutureTek Pre-game Show. B2 Networks' pay-per-view video webcast begins at the drop of the puck via www.fresnofalcons.com.
Plourde has eight goals over the last eight games, tying him with Luke Curtin for the team goal-scoring lead with 10 tallies overall this season.
Curtin continues to lead the team in scoring with 28 points (10g-18a), tying him for second in the ECHL.
Defenseman Murphy has nine points (3g-6a) over the last seven games, moving him into a tie for 10th in the league in scoring among d-men with 17 points (5g-12a) this season.
Fresno's last three games and eight of its last 11 have gone to at least overtime. The team leads the league with seven overtime/shootout losses this season.
The Falcons are in the midst of a stretch of six straight and 12 of 13 on the road.
Fresno begins the week in first place in the Pacific Division, three points ahead of the second-place Long Beach Ice Dogs.