Wranglers Nipped By Grizzlies, 3-2
Las Vegas, NV - The Las Vegas Wranglers(r) (5-6-0, 10 Points) were defeated by the Utah Grizzlies (6-3-0, 12 Points) 3-2 in front of 2,943 fans at the Orleans Arena on Tuesday night. Forwards A.J. Perry and Jason Dale, and defenseman Tim Maxwell all scored for Utah in the win. Utah goalie Mitch O'Keefe stopped 27 shots to move to 2-1-0 this season. Right wing Andrew Orpik and defenseman Craig Switzer scored for the Wranglers. Las Vegas goalie Michael Ouzas stopped 34 of 37 shots in the loss. The Wranglers will host the Utah Grizzlies on Thursday, November 12th, at 7:05 p.m. at the Orleans Arena.
Utah opened the scoring with a goal from left wing A.J. Perry at 13:11 of the opening frame. Forwards Tom May and James Sixsmith assisted on Perry's second goal on the season to give the Grizzlies the 1-0 lead.
In the second period, Las Vegas pulled even with rookie Andrew Orpik's fourth goal on the season at 13:35. Forwards Adam Miller and Matt Watkins set up Orpik's goal from the far circle to tie the game at 1-1. At 16:06, rookie Jason Dale put Utah back ahead with his second goal on the year. Dale buried a loose puck in the crease to give the Grizzlies the 2-1 lead.
In the final frame, Utah added to the lead with a goal from defenseman Tim Maxwell. Maxwell blasted a shot from the point at 5:44 to increase the Grizzlies lead to 3-1. Las Vegas cut into the lead with a power-play shot from the point by defenseman Craig Switzer. At 16:55, defenseman Robbie Bina and center Adam Miller assisted on the Switzer goal to trim the Utah lead to 3-2. Despite a late Wranglers surge, the Grizzlies held on for the victory.
The Las Vegas Wranglers(r) are the ECHL affiliate to the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes and the American Hockey League's San Antonio Rampage. Follow the Wranglers on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WranglersLV.
Pro rated 2009-10 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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