The Las Vegas Wranglers outlasted the Utah Grizzlies 3-2 in a shootout this afternoon, capping the final day game of the regular season with a win (Photo credit: Stephen Sylvanie).
Just 37 seconds into the first, Wranglers defenseman Matt Campanale hit the back of the net for a quick 1-0 lead. The Grizzlies got on the board nine minutes later off the stick of defenseman Darren Rowe, who tied the game up with his first goal of the season. Wranglers goaltender Joe Fallon and Grizzlies goaltender Ben Meisner held the teams scoreless through the second with Utah taking the 19-15 shot advantage.
Midway through the third, Wranglers center Eric Lampe scored a power play goal to regain the one-goal lead for Las Vegas. The 2-1 victory seemed certain until, when 2:06 left in regulation, Grizzlies forward Colin Vock once again knotted the game. After five minutes of overtime, which simultaneously included a Wranglers power play and two broken Utah sticks on the ice, the 2-2 score held. In the shootout, Fallon blanked the Grizzlies as Wranglers center Chris Francis and forward Andrew Sarauer scored, securing the 3-2 win for the home team.
The Wranglers face the Ontario Reign on Tuesday, March 26, and play their final regular season game against the Bakersfield Condors on Friday, March 29. Friday’s game will also be “Fan Appreciation Night,” where fans can win prizes and get post-game autographs from the entire team.
This afternoon’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. Visit www.lasvegaswranglers.com