LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Las Vegas Wranglers clinched a playoff spot over the weekend, when they defeated the San Francisco Bulls in Fridays game in a 2-1 win.
San Francisco took an early 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal from left wing Yanni Gourde. The Wranglers responded five minutes later with a power play goal from right wing Sean Wiles, and the 1-1 tie held through the first period.
Wranglers left wing Adam Hughesman tallied the team’s go-ahead goal 6:35 into the second on another power play opportunity, giving Las Vegas their first lead of the night. The 2-1 advantage carried over into the third as Wranglers goaltender Joe Fallon was tested 12 times that period, but the Bulls were unable to tally the game changer.
On Saturday night, against the Colorado Eagles, the Las Vegas Wranglers fell 5-3, after jumping out to an early lead.
Only 47 seconds into the game, Wranglers center Sean Wiles scored unassisted to give the team a 1-0 lead. Wranglers forward Andrew Sarauer made it a 2-0 game less than five minutes later, but Colorado was quick to respond, cutting the Vegas lead in half 26 seconds later on a goal from forward Matt Strueby. The Eagles ended the first tied 2-2 with the Wranglers after forward A.J. Hau went shorthanded against goaltender Mitch O’Keefe.
The second period belonged to Colorado as forwards Michael Forney and Kyle Ostrow tallied goals for a 4-2 Eagles advantage. With only 31 seconds off the clock in the third, and four seconds in on an Eagles power play, Ostrow recorded his second goal of the night to put Las Vegas in a three-goal hole. Wranglers left wing Robbie Smith made it 5-3 with 12 minutes left in the third, but the team was unable to knot the game with O’Keefe pulled in the final two minutes of play, leaving Colorado with the 5-3 victory.
With Wranglers press release.