LAS VEGAS – — The Las Vegas Wranglers won their eighth game in a row tonight, beating the Utah Grizzlies 5-2 on a three-point night from center Judd Blackwater and 29 saves from rookie goaltender Jody O’Neill.
Late in the first period, Wranglers right wing Sean Wiles put the team on the board with his 15th goal of the season. The momentum carried over into the second, and just 1:53 in, Blackwater sniped a shot in from the blueline to make it a 2-0 game for Las Vegas. Utah turned around and scored off the stick of defenseman Nick Tuzzolini, but a goal from Wranglers center Eric Lampe put the Grizzlies at a 3-1 disadvantage for three minutes as forward Kory Falite narrowed the Vegas lead to 3-2 at the end of the second.
The third period belonged to the Wranglers as Blackwater tallied his second goal of the night seven minutes in. The 4-2 score held until the final 49 seconds when Wranglers defenseman Mike Madill notched a power play goal on an empty net, giving Las Vegas the 5-2 victory for their eighth win in a row. O’Neill, appearing in net for the Wranglers in just his second pro start, stopped 29 shots to improve to a 2-0-0 record.