Fresno won three games in three days, including back-to-back shootout wins on Friday and Saturday, to improve to 6-1-1 and first place in the Pacific Division. The Falcons, who did not get their sixth win until the 14th game a year ago, are six points ahead of Bakersfield (3-3-1) and Long Beach (3-4-1), the largest lead in any of the four divisions.
After traveling to Las Vegas on Tuesday, Fresno will return to home to host Utah (5-3-0) on Friday and San Diego (2-5-1) on Saturday. The Falcons have won their last two games and are 4-1-1 overall at Save Mart Center, which will host the 2006 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Bud Light on January 25.
Three-time ECHL All-Star Luke Curtin is tied for the league lead with 14 points while his six goals tie him for third place and his eight assists tie him for fifth place. Shawn Mather (5g-4a), Cory Murphy (2g-7a) and Derek Krestanovich (2g-7a) are tied for second on the team in scoring. Murphy leads ECHL defensemen with eight power-play points (2ppg-6ppa) while being tied for second among ECHL defensemen in goals, points and power-play assists and is tied for third in power-play goals.
Brett Jaeger is 4-1-1 with a goals-against average of 2.73 and a save percentage of .915 in six starts. Rookie goaltender Mike Brown made his professional debut on Sunday making 31 saves in a 6-2 win against Bakersfield.