October 24, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - Fresno Falcons
FRESNO, Calif. - After winning his first game in his first professional start on Saturday by making 18 saves in a 4-3 victory against the Stockton Thunder, Fresno Falcons rookie goaltender Jamie Holden received the news that he had been called-up to the American Hockey League\'s Cleveland Barons, the top player development affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.
Holden caught the Sharks organization\'s eye with a stand-out career at Quinnipiac University that saw him set all-time school records for wins (59), shutouts (7), goals against average (2.49), and save percentage (92.1%). He attended both San Jose\'s rookie camp and main training camp before signing a contract with the Barons and getting assigned to the Falcons.
Fresno\'s AHL affiliate needed another goaltender because former Falcons netminder Nolan Schaefer was summoned to San Jose after Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov suffered an injury in his team\'s 4-1 loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. Schaefer, who has dressed for the Sharks on several occasions but never seen any game action, is 1-2-0 for the Barons this season with a 3.01 goals against average and 88.6% save percentage. He appeared in 12 games for the Falcons during the 2003-04 campaign before earning what has been a permanent promotion to the AHL.
After a 2-0-0 start to begin the season this past weekend, the Falcons travel to Long Beach for their first road game of the year on Friday, Oct. 28. They then return home to face the Idaho Steelheads on Oct. 29 and 30 at Save Mart Center. Single-game tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets and Save Mart Center\'s box office. Prices range from $8 - $23. For complete ticket information and an arena map of Save Mart Center, visit www.fresnofalcons.com/singletickets.html, or contact the Falcons front office directly at (559) 485-PUCK (7825).