LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Wranglers collected their second 3-0 shutout of the Stockton Thunder tonight on 32 saves from goaltender Joe Fallon and a two-goal night from forward Andrew Sarauer. Las Vegas now holds a 3-2 series lead over Stockton in the best-of-seven Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Scoring kicked off late in the first as Sarauer posted the game’s first goal with 2:27 left in the period. The 1-0 lead almost became a 2-0 game on a shorthanded breakaway by Wranglers center Eric Lampe midway through the second period, and Fallon made a series of crucial saves to keep the Thunder’s scoring attempts off the board.
Five minutes into the third, the Wranglers went up a man on a delayed Stockton penalty. The power play never came to fruition as Sarauer fed Wranglers center Judd Blackwater, putting Las Vegas up 2-0. Securing the 3-0 shutout win, Sarauer hit the empty Stockton net to give the Wranglers a 3-2 series advantage after returning home down 2-0 to the Thunder. The shutout was Fallon’s second in three days and his second of the series.
Game 6 takes place in Stockton on Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. A Wranglers win will advance the team to the Western Conference Semifinals to meet either the Alaska Aces or the San Francisco Bulls, and a Stockton win will force a Game 7 on Sunday, April 14, at 4 p.m.
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