LAS VEGAS – Last-second heroics lifted the Ontario Reign over the Las Vegas Wranglers in overtime tonight, taking the 11th annual Midnight Game with a final score of 5-4 in front of 3,823 fans.
Ontario drew first blood as defenseman Cody Sol scored at the 13:46 mark of the first period. Wranglers center Chris Francis was quick to respond, and it was a 1-1 game just over a minute later. The tie game was broken by Wranglers center John Armstrong just 1:11 into the second, and his first goal of the season made it a 2-1 game for the home team. Wranglers left wing Adam Hughesman backed up the lead with a power play goal late in the second, but Reign forward Kyle Kraemer would post his own power play goal to make it a 3-2 game for Las Vegas after 40 minutes.
Reign center Jake Hauswirth knotted the game 3-3 12 minutes into the third, but Armstrong’s second goal of the night came with 1:15 left in regulation, giving the Wranglers the 4-3 lead. With seven seconds left in the game, Reign forward Matt White beat Wranglers goalie Travis Fullerton to tie the game 4-4. Overtime was forced, but it only took 38 seconds for Reign defenseman Matt Register to secure the game-winning goal. Ontario took the 5-4 overtime win, giving Las Vegas a 6-4-1-2 overall record when playing midnight games. In the loss, Fullerton made a total of 50 saves.
The Wranglers next face the Bakersfield Condors in California on Thursday, Dec. 26.