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March 13, 2009 - ECHL (ECHL) - Las Vegas Wranglers News Release

*GAME NIGHT NOTES*3/13/09* - Idaho Steelheads (36-18-4, 76 Points) at Las Vegas Wranglers ® (27-26-8, 62 Points)

The Wranglers and Steelheads meet in Las Vegas for the third time this season and for the sixth time overall. The Steelheads lead the season series with a 4-1-0 mark. The Wranglers enter tonight's game with a 23-15-11 all-time record against the Steelheads. Las Vegas returns home for the first time since February 16th against Phoenix. The Wranglers begin a five-game home stand tonight after concluding a club record ten-game road trip. The Wranglers are 15-10-2 at home this season and 1-6-3 in the last ten games played. The Steelheads are 17-9-3 on the road this season and 7-2-1 over the last ten games played.

Last Time Out

Anchorage, AK - The Las Vegas Wranglers were defeated by the Alaska Aces 2-0 on Sunday night at Sullivan Arena. Alaska goalie J.P. Lamoureux improved to 26-14-2 with his seventh shutout of the year, stopping all 30 Las Vegas shots. Aces forwards Lance Galbraith and Luke Erickson each scored second-period goals to lead Alaska to victory. Las Vegas goalie Glenn Fisher stopped 27 Aces shots, falling to 7-5-2 on the year. Las Vegas ended the team's longest road trip in team history, going 1-6-3 over ten games.

Roster Report

Goalie John DeCaro is on loan to Portland (AHL). Forward Matt Beaudoin has been in Houston (AHL) since January 5th. Defenseman Jeff May is on loan to San Antonio (AHL). Forward Mike Hamilton is in Chicago (AHL). Forwards Hugo Carpentier and J.D. Watt are both on recall to the Quad City Flames (AHL). Center Tyler Mosienko was loaned to Rockford (AHL) on Wednesday. Defenseman Chris St. Croix was loaned to Manitoba on Thursday. Forwards Mick Lawrence and Shawn Limpright remain on the IR. Both are expected to return to the line-up within the next week. Defenseman Brandon Straub is out at least four weeks with an upper-body injury. The team is expected to add Merrimack College stand-out Rob Ricci.

Mosienko to Rockford, St. Croix to Manitoba, Taylor Returns

The Wranglers announced this week that center Tyler Mosienko has been loaned to the Rockford Ice Hogs (AHL) and defenseman Chris St. Croix has been loaned to Manitoba (AHL). Center Justin Taylor was returned by Chicago (AHL) on Friday.

Mosienko returns to the AHL where he played in nine games with Manchester earlier this season, scoring a goal and adding three assists for four points. The third-year Wrangler played in 50 games with Las Vegas this season, scoring 18 goals and adding 30 assists for 48 points. Mosienko leads the team in assists and in plus / minus with a +22. His 48 points rank second on the team. The West St. Paul, MB is the club's all-time leader in goals and ranks second in assists and points. The fourth-year pro has played in 273 pro games, scoring 74 goals and adding 139 assists for 213 points.

St. Croix returns to the AHL where he spent two games with Iowa in mid-November. The veteran defenseman played in 41 games for Las Vegas this season, scoring a goal and adding six assists for seven points. The Wranglers acquired St. Croix in a trade with Elmira in late-November. St. Croix played in eight games with the Jackals prior to the trade, scoring a goal and adding two assists. St. Croix is in his tenth season of professional hockey with stops in the AHL, ECHL and Europe. In all, the Voorhees, NJ native has played in 581 professional games, scoring 65 goals and adding 184 assists for 249 points. The 28-year old was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round (#92 overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Prior to his recall, Justin Taylor played in 28 games for Las Vegas, scoring nine goals and dishing out 15 assists for 24 points. In October, the 26-year old went scoreless in two games with the AHL's Houston Aeros. Taylor earned his first All-Star selection in January when the ECHL selected him to the National Conference All Star squad. In 13 games with the Wolves, Taylor scored twice and added two assists for four points. The Edmonton, AB native is in his fifth season of professional hockey.

National Conference Leaders

Idaho has the highest winning percentage in the National Conference and second highest in the ECHL at .655. The Steelheads have also played the fewest games in the ECHL with only 58 appearances. Idaho leads the ECHL by allowing a league-low 26.90 shots per game.

The top two scorers for the Steelheads are in the AHL with Binghamton. Forward Bryan MacGregor had 51 points in 55 games before he was called up and Mark Bomersback had 23 goals and 46 points in 40 games with Idaho before he joined MacGregor with the Baby Senators. Winger Ben Nelson is the team's active leading scorer with 24 goals and 45 points in 57 games played. Veteran Marty Flichel is second behind Nelson with 44 points in 48 games played. Former Wrangler Matt McKnight has 25 points in 48 games with Idaho. Another former Wrangler, Garett Bembridge, has 39 points in 52 games played.

Goalie Matt Clime is 22-10-1, his 2.42 goals against average ranks fourth best in the ECHL. Clime has two shutouts and a .912 save percentage this season. Rejean Beauchemin is 14-8-3 this season, he ranks tenth in the league with a 2.74 goals against average and he boasts a .891 save percentage.

Tale of the Tape GPG GAA PP % PK % PIM

Idaho Steelheads 2.85 (19) 3.34 (16) 18.6 (7) 82.4 (12) 19.66 (12)

Las Vegas Wranglers 3.02 (15) 2.62 (4) 12.0 (21) 86.0 (4) 22.62 (1)

GPG=Goals Per Game GAA= Goals Against Per Game PP=Power Play PK=Penalty Kill PIM= Penalty Minutes Per Game

UPCOMING GAMES

Idaho at Las Vegas on Saturday, March 14th at 7:30 PM at the Orleans Arena

Phoenix at Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 17th at 7:30 PM at the Orleans Arena

Ontario at Las Vegas on Friday, March 20th at 7:30 PM at the Orleans Arena

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