Wranglers Win First Game of Season 6-5 Over Roadrunners
Phoenix, AZ - The Las Vegas Wranglers (1-0-2, 4 points) defeated the Phoenix Roadrunners (2-2-0, 4 points) 6-5 at the U.S. Airways Center on Tuesday night. Six Wranglers enjoyed multi-point games as Las Vegas moved into a first place tie with Fresno in the Pacific Division. Lucas Lawson's second goal of the season at 4:24 of the third period turned out to be the game winner. Goalie Marc Magliarditi stopped 35 of 40 Phoenix shots, picking up the Wranglers first win of the season. Wranglers' defenseman Scott Schoneck assisted on three goals to lead all Las Vegas scorers. Rookies Adam Cracknell and Kelly Czuy, along with Lawson and Joe Tallari, each had a goal and an assist in the victory. Las Vegas will play in Utah on Friday and Saturday night at 7:05 pm.
Las Vegas opened the scoring as defenseman Jason Jozsa blasted a shot from the point, beating Phoenix goaltender Josh Tordjman for a power-play goal at 3:19 for the 1-0 Wranglers lead. Phoenix countered with a five-on-three power-play goal at 6:13, Scott May scored his first goal of the period to tie the game at one. The Wranglers opened up a two-goal lead with a few more power-play goals. The first one at 10:01 came off the stick of winger Joe Tallari, who scored on a centering pass from Kelly Czuy for the 2-1 lead. Las Vegas extended their lead to 3-1 when Nick Anderson redirected a Marco Peluso shot for his first goal of the season at 14:47. Phoenix trimmed the Las Vegas lead to 3-2 when May scored his second of the night at 15:29. The Roadrunners lost starting goaltender Josh Tordjman at 15:40 of the first period due to an injury. Emergency back-up goaltender Kevin Reiter was called into duty for the remainder of the game.
In the second period, Las Vegas opened up a three-goal lead with two goals in the first 6:57 of play. Winger Adam Cracknell scored at 1:21, the first goal of the season for the rookie opened up a 4-2 lead for Las Vegas. At 6:57, the Wranglers extended their lead to 5-2 when rookie Kelly Czuy tallied his first professional goal on a feed from Joe Tallari. The Roadrunners cut the Las Vegas lead to 5-3 at 8:58 when Lance Monych beat Marc Magliarditi with a backhander.
In the third period, Phoenix scored two goals in 28-seconds to tie the game at five goals per team. Just 21-seconds into the third period, Brett Smith cut the Wranglers lead to 5-4. At the 53-second marker Travis Lisabeth tied the game at five with his second goal of the season for Phoenix. Las Vegas scored the game-winning goal at 4:24 as Lucas Lawson tipped in a loose puck rebound for his second goal of the season and 6-5 Wranglers win.
The Wranglers will head to Utah for two straight in Salt Lake City on Friday and Saturday night at 7:11 pm.
The Wranglers play all 36 home games at the Orleans Arena, located at the Orleans Hotel and Casino at 4500 W. Tropicana Avenue. The Wranglers host the Victoria Salmon Kings for the home opener on Friday, November 3rd at 7:05 pm. Seat packages to see the Wranglers play at the Orleans Arena for the upcoming 2006-07 season are now on sale, starting as low as $157. Call (702) 471-PUCK (7825) for more information or visit www.lasvegaswranglers.com.
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