Las Vegas drops OT decision, gains point

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Snapping a five-game losing streak, but unable to win the second point in a shootout, the Las Vegas Wranglers fell 2-1 to the Bakersfield Condors this afternoon.
Condors goaltender Scott Greenham and Wranglers goaltender Joe Fallon kept scoring attempts at bay through the first period, with both teams notching nine shots through the first 20 minutes of play. The no-goal game held until the last 14 seconds of the second, when Condors defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer scored to give Bakersfield the 1-0 lead.
With seven minutes left in the third, Wranglers left wing Josh Lunden notched the tying goal, making it a 1-1 game. Neither team was able to secure the win in regulation, and a scoreless overtime period left the decision to a shootout, which was won by Bakersfield in three attempts for the 2-1 final score.
Collecting an assist on Lunden’s goal, Wranglers left wing Chris Collins made his debut today after agreeing to terms with the team earlier this week. Collins , 28, spent four years (2002-06) at Boston College, where the forward was named NCAA Hockey East Player of the Year and a top three finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2006. The 5-foot-8, 183-pound Collins brings 166 games of American Hockey League experience to Las Vegas, recording 37 goals and 40 assists with the Providence Bruins and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Last season, the Fairport, New York native tallied 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) with the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers in Germany.
The Wranglers spend the next two weekends on the road, finishing a two-game series against the Bakersfield Condors tomorrow and then facing the Idaho Steelheads after the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 23 and 24. The team then returns home to play the San Francisco Bulls and Orlando Solar Bears for the first times this season on Nov. 29 – Dec. 1.
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