WEEKLY UPDATE
Jan. 30 - Feb. 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 30, 2006

Contact: Brian Clark
bclark@fresnofalcons.com

LAST WEEK'S RECORD: 0-0-2 OVERALL RECORD: 23-7-10, 56 pts.,
1st Place Pacific Division

Jan. 27 vs. Long Beach, 4-3 Overtime Loss - The Falcons overcame subpar play on special teams to force overtime when Derek Krestanovich scored a game-tying goal with 5:35 remaining in regulation. Luke Curtin and Shawn Mather also scored for Fresno, but the team gave-up three power play goals while going 0 for 8 on its own man advantage opportunities. The Ice Dogs' Sean McAslan ended the game with a goal 1:15 into overtime.

Jan. 28 @ San Diego, 2-1 Shootout Loss - Fresno ran into a hot goaltender, Tom Lawson of the San Diego Gulls, who made 43 saves during regulation and overtime and helped his team overcome a 44-29 disparity in shots on goal. Curtin scored an unassisted, shorthanded goal for the Falcons in the second period, but the club had no other answer for Lawson. Fraser Clair scored for Fresno in the shootout, but two Gulls beat Falcons goaltender Brett Jaeger in the tie-breaker to capture the victory.

THIS WEEK'S UPCOMING GAMES

Tuesday, Jan. 31 vs. Utah Grizzlies, 7 p.m.* - The Falcons' first clash with the Grizzlies since a 4-1 setback at home on Nov. 11. The game is a Carl's Jr. Two-for-Tuesday, with two-for-one coupons available at participating Carl's Jr. locations.

Friday, Feb. 3 @ Utah, 6 p.m. Pacific* - Fresno makes its first-ever visit to the E Center, which was the host venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics hockey tournament in Salt Lake City.

Saturday, Feb. 4 @ Utah, 6 p.m. Pacific* - Final game of three in a row against Utah.

*Catch all of the live play-by-play action on 1550 Sporting News Radio beginning 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.

NOTES

  • Despite the two extra time losses last weekend, the Falcons are still unbeaten against teams from their own Pacific Division with a record of 11-0-4.
  • Heading into Friday's game against Long Beach, the Falcons had scored at least one power play goal in 13 straight games, a streak which included a team record-tying five power play goal performance on Dec. 31 at Phoenix. Fresno also failed to register a power play goal on Saturday at San Diego, going 0 for 6, and is now 0 for its last 19 dating back to Jan. 22 at Idaho.
  • Shawn Mather and Luke Curtin are tied for the team goal-scoring lead with 16 tallies apiece. Five of Mather's goals have been game-winners, tying him for the league-lead.
  • Curtin is tied for second in the league with 50 points (16-34a). His goal on Saturday was his fourth unassisted effort of the year, which ties the all-time single-season Falcons record first set by both Craig Chapman and Corey Lyons during the 1996-97 season.
  • The Falcons' lead in the Pacific Division has been trimmed to seven points. Second-place Long Beach has closed the gap a bit by winning four straight games and going unbeaten over its last nine.