Wranglers earn playoff spot

Matt Strueby - Photo by Glenn Harvey

Matt Strueby – Photo by Glenn Harvey

 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.

Matt Stueby and Channing Boe battle for the puck - Photo by Glenn Harvey

Matt Stueby and Channing Boe battle for the puck – Photo by Glenn Harvey

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.

 

Collin Bowman and Robbie Smith - Photo by Glenn Harvey

Collin Bowman and Robbie Smith – Photo by Glenn Harvey

 

A.J. Hau - Photo by Glenn Harvey

A.J. Hau – Photo by Glenn Harvey

 

Adam Hughesman - Photo by Glenn Harvey

Adam Hughesman – Photo by Glenn Harvey

 

Scott Langdon - Photo by Glenn Harvey
Scott Langdon – Photo by Glenn Harvey

 

 

Channing Boe  - Photo by Glenn Harvey

Channing Boe – Photo by Glenn Harvey

 

Scott Pitt - Photo by Glenn Harvey

Scott Pitt – Photo by Glenn Harvey

 

Judd Blackwater - Photo by Glenn Harvey

Judd Blackwater – Photo by Glenn Harvey

 

Thomas Heemskerk - Photo by Glenn Harvey

Thomas Heemskerk – Photo by Glenn Harvey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Wranglers press release.

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