In a game bookended by goals in the first and last four minutes, the Las Vegas Wranglers won 4-2 over the Idaho Steelheads tonight for a season-high ninth win in a row (Photo credit: John Bosworth).
Just four minutes into the game, Wranglers defenseman Nolan Julseth-White scored his third goal of the season for an early 1-0 lead. Steelheads forward Bryce Reddick, who started the season with Las Vegas, responded six minutes later to tie the game 1-1 at the end of the first.
Las Vegas opened the second with a minute of power play time carrying over, and they capitalized on the opportunity with a goal from right wing Sean Wiles 46 seconds into the period. Wranglers center Eric Lampe tacked on a goal four minutes later for a 3-1 lead, but Steelheads forward David de Kastrozza was able to go top shelf on Wranglers goaltender Joe Fallon and make it a one-goal game midway through the third. With four minutes left in the game, Wranglers center Judd Blackwater went one-on-one against Idaho goaltender Tyler Beskorowany and scored, giving Las Vegas the 4-2 victory for the team’s ninth win in a row. With that, Fallon improved to a 7-0-0 record in his last seven starts.
The Wranglers host the second annual Midnight Circus on Sunday, Feb. 17, against the Steelheads. The puck drops at 11:59 p.m. as live aerialist and contortionist acts perform on the concourse and on the ice. The team then takes on the Bakersfield Condors on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7:05 p.m.
Tonight’s full box score can be found here.
Celebrating 10 seasons of Wranglers hockey this year, group events are available at all home games, including pre-game ice skating parties, private luxury suites, and rink-side catered party boxes. Groups of ten or more can sit together starting at $13 per ticket, and feature perks such as in-game group recognition and “buy one, get one free” Chuck-A-Puck vouchers. Take advantage of the best deals by calling the Wranglers front office at (702) 471-PUCK. The Wranglers play all 36 regular season home games at Orleans Arena, located next to the Orleans Hotel and Casino at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.