RoadRunners Outlast Wranglers 6-3
Phoenix, AZ - The Las Vegas Wranglers (8-9-2, 16 points) were defeated by the Phoenix RoadRunners (10-8-2, 22 points) 6-3 at the U.S. Airways Center on Wednesday night. After trailing 3-1 heading into the second period, the RoadRunners scored five unanswered goals for the win. Las Vegas center Justin Taylor set a new team record by scoring just 12-seconds into the game for the fastest goal in team history. Forwards Shawn Limpright and Hugo Carpentier each scored in the loss. Goalie Brent Krahn took the loss for Las Vegas, stopping 33 of 39 Phoenix shots. RoadRunners goalie Craig Kowalski was credited with the win after entering the game in the second period. Kowalski stopped all 22 shots he faced on the night. Las Vegas remain in Phoenix at 6:05 PM (PST) at the U.S. Airways Center on Friday.
In the first period, Las Vegas jumped out to a 3-1 lead after outshooting Phoenix 16-8. Center Justin Taylor made history by scoring the fastest goal in Wranglers history. Taylor snapped a slapshot past goalie Kevin Jones just twelve-seconds into the game. Taylor's goal broke the old team record of thirteen-seconds set by Chris Kenady in 2004. The RoadRunners countered to tie the game just 2:13 later as Colin Sinclair scored his fourth goal of the season. Sinclair's tally at 2:15 tied the game 1-1. Veteran Shawn Limpright scored his third goal of the season off a backhand at 8:11, pushing Las Vegas in front 2-1. With 3:08 left in the period, Las Vegas expanded the lead to 3-1 with a shorthanded goal. Forward Adam Miller set up Hugo Carpentier's first goal of the season, finishing off a 2-on-1 breakaway for the two-goal lead. Goalie Kyle Jones was pulled after the first period of play stopping 13 of 16 Las Vegas shots.
In the second period, the RoadRunner charged back, outscoring Las Vegas 2-0 in the period and outshooting the Wranglers 16-8. Phoenix forward Merit Waldrop scored his first goal of the season off a deflection at 5:18, trimming the Las Vegas lead to 3-2. The RoadRunners scored off another deflection at 13:49. Defenseman Rory Rawlyk snapped a shot towards the net, which was deflected by Mitch Carefoot. The Phoenix captain scored his sixth goal of the season, tying the game 3-3.
In the third period, the RoadRunners continued to expand their lead by scoring three goals in the final period. The first two goals of the period were tallied just 53-seconds apart. Ashton Rome scored at 3:32, followed by Mitch Carefoot's second of the game at 4:39 for the 5-3 Phoenix lead. RoadRunners center Gino Guyer scored an unassisted shorthanded goal at 9:52 for the 6-3 final score.
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