WEEKLY UPDATE
Jan. 9 - Jan. 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 9, 2006

Contact: Brian Clark
bclark@fresnofalcons.com

LAST WEEK'S RECORD: 2-1-0 OVERALL RECORD: 18-5-8, 44 pts., 1st
Place Pacific Division


Jan. 5 @ Victoria, 5-3 Loss - This loss to the Salmon Kings ended the Falcons' season-high 10-game unbeaten streak, as well as a team-record 11-game unbeaten streak on the road. After battling back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game at two, Fresno gave-up three quick goals in about a five minute span of the third and never recovered.

Jan. 6 @ Victoria, 4-3 Win - The Falcons bounced back from the previous night's loss behind goals from Luke Curtin, Shawn Mather, J.F. Plourde, and John Wroblewski. The final score was perhaps closer than it should have been as Fresno out-shot Victoria, 43-25, tying a season-high +18 shot margin.

Jan. 7 @ Victoria, 6-2 Win - Fresno won the rubber match of the three-game series with the Salmon Kings on the strength of two goals apiece from Mather and Fraser Clair. Jamie Holden captured the win in goal for the second consecutive evening by making 35 saves.

THIS WEEK'S UPCOMING GAMES

Tuesday, Jan. 10 vs. Florida Everblades, 7 p.m.* - A battle of division leaders. The South Division-leading Everblades have finished runner-up for the Kelly Cup Championship each of the past two seasons. The game is a Carl's Jr. Two-for-Tuesday, with two-for-one coupons available at participating Carl's Jr. locations.

Friday, Jan. 13 @ Las Vegas Wranglers, 7 p.m.* - A second battle of division leaders. The West Division-leading Wranglers have won 20 of their last 24 games coming into this week.

Saturday, Jan. 14 vs. Bakersfield Condors, 7:30 p.m.* - At 10-0-2 against their own division, the Falcons seek to avenge their only two blemishes within the Pacific - a shootout loss on Nov. 26 and an overtime setback on Dec. 30 - both to the Condors. The first 2,500 fans will receive a Falcons Team Photo courtesy of Heald College, CBS 47 and K-Jewel. PLEASE NOTE THE 7:30 P.M. START TIME.

*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

  • Last week's three-game set in Victoria concluded a stretch of 12 of 13 away from home during which the Falcons were 8-1-4.
  • Curtin scored his second shorthanded goal of the season on Friday, and Mather tallied his first shortie of the year on Saturday, the team's fifth and sixth shorthanded markers of the campaign.
  • Mather has points in five straight games (5g-5a).
  • Curtin is fifth in the league in scoring with 41 points (14g-27a), while Pete Fregoe has cracked the top 20 at 19th in the ECHL with 34 points (11g-23a).
  • Fresno begins the week with its largest lead of the season in the Pacific Division. The team's 10-point edge ahead of both the San Diego Gulls and Long Beach Ice Dogs is also the largest lead in the standings of any first-place team across the ECHL.