Wranglers Corral RoadRunners 6-3
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Adam Miller and Shawn Limpright each had a goal and two assists as they led the Las Vegas Wranglers over the Phoenix RoadRunners 6-3 in front of 3,741 fans at US Airways Center Saturday night.
The RoadRunners (9-8-2) opened up scoring with two quick goals in the first period. The first was scored by Daniel Sisca, who scored five-hole on Wrangler goalie John DeCaro from in front of the crease at 1:03. Dane Crowley and Gino Guyer had the assists. Then at 2:51 Ashton Rome netted a pass from Matt Fornataro from the right circle, giving Phoenix a 2-0 lead. Peder Skinner had the other assist.
The Wranglers (7-7-2) notched their first goal at 12:34 of the first when Justin Taylor scored from the left of RoadRunners' tender Craig Kowalski off a pass from Limpright. Las Vegas then tied the game at 2-2 when Peter Ferraro scored at 14:48, one second after a power play expired. Bret Tyler and Chris Ferraro had the assists as the score remained tied going into the first intermission.
"We had a good start, but we have to stay committed to the program," RoadRunners Head Coach Brad Church said. "We have to play as a team and a few guys aren't buying in."
Las Vegas was able to take the lead in the second period when Miller scored off a backhand shot from the slot at 12:17. J.D. Watt and Limpright assisted. At 16:22 the Wranglers took a 4-2 lead when Limpright scored to the right of Kowalski off a rebound by Miller. Mike Hamilton had the other assist. Then at 18:30 Chris Neiszner scored top-shelf off a pass from Taylor on the power play to take a 5-2 lead. Tyler added the other assist as Las Vegas took a three-goal lead into the locker room at second intermission while they outshot Phoenix 33-17 in 40 minutes of play.
"We made too many mistakes," Church said. "We knew going in we needed to be sharp through the neutral zone but we didn't execute our game plan."
The RoadRunners came out first in the third period when Fornataro netted the biscuit from the top right circle off a pass from Michael Wilson, making the score 5-3 Wranglers. But Las Vegas made the final play when Miller centered a pass to Tyler Mosienko who scored from the slot at 15:30, which made the final score 6-3.
Las Vegas out-shot Phoenix 39-36. Kowalski stopped 33 shots but fell to 6-6-1 on the season with the loss. The RoadRunners went 0-5 with the power play while Las Vegas was 1-8 with the man-advantage.
Phoenix returns to US Airways Center at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday when they continue their three-game home-stand and three-game series with the Las Vegas Wranglers.
Great seats are still available beginning as low as $8 and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (480) 784-4444, purchasing online ticketmaster.com or visiting the US Airways Center Box Office. Information on season tickets, half-season packages, and flex plans for the 2008-09 season of Phoenix RoadRunners Hockey are available by calling (602) 462-GOAL.
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