Wranglers Late Surge Downs Condors 5-2
Bakersfield, CA - The Las Vegas Wranglers (10-11-2, 22 points) defeated the Bakersfield Condors (8-12-4, 20 points) 5-2 at Rabobank Arena on Saturday afternoon. Defenseman Mike Madill and center Tyler Mosienko scored 49-seconds apart early in the third period to lift Las Vegas to victory. Forwards Sean Owens, Adam Miller and Matt Beaudoin also scored as Las Vegas improved to 4-8-2 on the road this season. Goalie John DeCaro improved to 6-1-0 by stopping 33 Condors' shots. The four-goal outburst in the third period gave the Wranglers their first come-from behind win of the season when trailing after two periods of play. Las Vegas will return home to host Ontario on Monday at 11:59 PM in the sixth annual Midnight game.
Bakersfield jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead with goals by Andrew Ianiero and Mike Wiril. The first Condors' goal came with Las Vegas on the power play. Wiril poked in a rebound at 10:40 for the 1-0 lead. The Condors struck again on the special teams, this time with a power-play goal. Winger Andrew Ianiero snapped a wrist shot over the shoulder of Las Vegas goalie John DeCaro at 12:51 for his fifth goal of the season and a 2-0 Bakersfield lead.
In the second period, Wranglers' forward Sean Owens cut the Bakersfield lead in half at 11:01 with his first goal of the season. Owens poked in a rebound off a Tyler Mosienko shot. The power-play goal pulled the Wranglers within a goal at 2-1. Dating back to Tuesday night's win in Fresno, the Wranglers had gone 108:16 without a goal.
In the third period, Las Vegas charged back to take a 3-2 lead two goals in 49-seconds to take the lead. Defenseman Mike Madill scored his fourth goal of the season at 8:00 to tie the game 2-2. Adam Miller assisted on Madill's power-play goal. Center Tyler Mosienko scored 49-seconds later to give Las Vegas the 3-2. Right wing Matt Beaudoin tallied his fifth goal of the season at 17:49, giving the Wranglers a 4-2 lead. Miller added an empty-net goal with 26-seconds remaining for the 5-2 final.
The Wranglers return to host the Midnight game on Monday, December 15th at 11:59 PM.
2008-09 season seat packages are on sale now at (702) 471-PUCK. The Wranglers play all 36 regular season home games at the Orleans Arena, located at the Orleans Hotel and Casino at 4500 W. Tropicana Avenue. Individual game tickets are on sale now at (702) 284-7777.
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