Las Vegas Wranglers Win Three in a Row and Secure Playoff Spot
Wranglers goaltender Joe Fallon makes one of 21 saves tonight against San Francisco – photo by Stephen Sylvanie
Wranglers Edge Bulls 2-1 on March 1
Special teams make the difference in first win of the weekend
Las Vegas – The Las Vegas Wranglers won 2-1 over the San Francisco Bulls tonight on special team goals, starting a three-game weekend with a win and clinching a playoff spot in the 2013 Kelly Cup Finals.
San Francisco took an early 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal from left wing Yanni Gourde. The Wranglers responded five minutes later with a power play goal from right wing Sean Wiles, and the 1-1 tie held through the first period.
Wranglers left wing Adam Hughesman tallied the team’s go-ahead goal 6:35 into the second on another power play opportunity, giving Las Vegas their first lead of the night. The 2-1 advantage carried over into the third as Wranglers goaltender Joe Fallon was tested 12 times that period, but the Bulls were unable to tally the game changer. The Wranglers took the 2-1 victory as the Bakersfield Condors fell 2-1 to the Alaska Aces, securing a playoff spot for Las Vegas in the 2013 Kelly Cup Finals.
Wranglers defenseman Charlie Cook gets checked by Colorado – photo by Stephen Sylvanie
Eagles Clip Wranglers, 5-3 on March 2
6,732 fans on hand to cheer for Las Vegas
Las Vegas – Outshooting the Colorado Eagles 42-18, the Las Vegas Wranglers fell 5-3 to the team tonight after jumping out to an early lead.
Only 47 seconds into the game, Wranglers center Sean Wiles scored unassisted to give the team a 1-0 lead. Wranglers forward Andrew Sarauer made it a 2-0 game less than five minutes later, but Colorado was quick to respond, cutting the Vegas lead in half 26 seconds later on a goal from forward Matt Strueby. The Eagles ended the first tied 2-2 with the Wranglers after forward A.J. Hau went shorthanded against goaltender Mitch O’Keefe.
The second period belonged to Colorado as forwards Michael Forney and Kyle Ostrow tallied goals for a 4-2 Eagles advantage. With only 31 seconds off the clock in the third, and four seconds in on an Eagles power play, Ostrow recorded his second goal of the night to put Las Vegas in a three-goal hole. Wranglers left wing Robbie Smith made it 5-3 with 12 minutes left in the third, but the team was unable to knot the game with O’Keefe pulled in the final two minutes of play, leaving Colorado with the 5-3 victory.
Wranglers Blow Past Bulls, 6-2 on March 3
$20,000 and counting raised for post-game St. Baldrick’s event
Las Vegas – A three-goal first lead to five unanswered goals as the Las Vegas Wranglers won 6-2 over the San Francisco Bulls this afternoon, culminating in a post-game head shaving for players participating in the team’s seventh annual St. Baldrick’s event.
Six minutes into the first, Wranglers forward Scott Pitt recorded his 11th goal of the season, giving Las Vegas the 1-0 lead. Wranglers defenseman Jamie Fritsch followed it up with a power play goal four minutes later, and another 5-on-4 opportunity in the final minutes of the period saw Wranglers right wing Sean Wiles put the team up 3-0 after the opening 20 minutes. The lone goal of the second was posted by Wranglers center Chris Francis as Las Vegas outshot San Francisco 30-15.
For a 5-0 lead early in the third, Wiles picked up his second goal of the afternoon, who was fed by forward Andrew Sarauer for his fourth assist of the game. The Bulls mounted a 57-second comeback midway through the period, though, as forward Tristan King put San Francisco on the board at the 10:33 mark and forward Simon Danis-Pepin scored at 11:30. The 5-2 score held until the final 58 seconds of play, when Francis collected his second goal of the game to secure the 6-2 win for Las Vegas.
After the game, eight Wranglers players and Head Coach and General Manager Ryan Mougenel took the ice to shave their heads for St. Baldrick’s, wrapping up a six-week fundraising event to help raise awareness and funds for the battle against childhood cancers. Over $20,000 was raised before the end of the matinee game, and a final donation number will be announced next week.