WEEKLY UPDATE Feb. 27 - March 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 27, 2006
Contact: Brian Clark
LAST WEEK'S RECORD: 0-0-0 OVERALL RECORD: 30-10-10, 70 pts.,
1st Place Pacific Division
Feb. 24 vs. Bakersfield, Postponed - The Falcons only had one game scheduled last week, but their match against the Condors was postponed when Save Mart Center's ice surface was deemed too unsafe for play to continue after Fresno defenseman Cory Murphy suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle 6:36 into a scoreless game.
THE KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS ARE COMING TO FRESNO - Fresno had hoped to clinch a playoff berth with a victory last Friday against Bakersfield, but when the Stockton Thunder lost in overtime on Saturday to the Condors and in regulation on Sunday to the San Diego Gulls, the Falcons went ahead and locked up a post-season spot anyway. Their upcoming trip to the Kelly Cup Playoffs will be the team's first post-season action since joining the ECHL in 2003-04. The last time Fresno reached the playoffs, they made it all the way to Game 7 of the Taylor Cup Finals during the final year of the West Coast Hockey League in 2002-03.
THIS WEEK'S UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Feb. 27 @ Bakersfield Condors, 7 p.m.* - The Falcons visit Rabobank Arena for the final time this regular season.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 vs. Las Vegas Wranglers, 7 p. m.* - Fresno looks for its first victory of the year against the Wranglers. The game is a Carl's Jr. Two-for-Tuesday, with two-for-one coupons available at participating Carl's Jr. restaurants. It's Fat Tuesday, and the team will be wearing Mardi Gras-themed jerseys to celebrate!! The specialty jerseys will be auctioned off following the game with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Hinds Hospice.
Friday, March 3 vs. Dayton Bombers, 7 p. m.* - The Falcons play the Bombers for the first time as Dayton heads west for a six-game swing through California. The first 2,000 fans will receive a Falcons wallet courtesy of Solutions Mortgage, KISS Country, and KSEE 24.
Sunday, March 5 vs. Las Vegas Wranglers, 5 p. m.* - Fresno and Las Vegas square-off for the final time during the regular season. Kids 12 & under are free, and the first 2,000 fans will receive the fourth in a series of five Falcons posters courtesy of Supercuts, Dumont Printing, MEGA 97.9, and WB 59.
*Catch all of the live play-by-play action on 1550 Sporting News Radio beginning at 15 minutes before face-off with the FutureTek Pre-game Show. B2 Networks' pay-per-view video webcast begins 10 minutes before the drop of the puck via www. fresnofalcons. com.
- Luke Curtin still leads the team in overall scoring with 62 points (17g-45a), which is sixth best in the ECHL. The eighth-year pro is closing in on 500 points for his career with 498 (185g-313a) as the week begins.
- The Falcons generated a team-record 59 shots on goal during their last game on Feb. 18, a 3-2 overtime win at Stockton. The effort included a season-high 20 shots during both the first and second periods and broke the old mark of 58 shots set more than a decade ago on Feb. 14, 1996, against the Anchorage Aces during the first season of the WCHL.
- Despite not playing an official game last week, Fresno still leads the Pacific Division by four points over the Long Beach Ice Dogs with four games in hand.