Just in time for the Western Conference Semifinals, goaltender Joe Fallon and left wing Josh Lunden have returned to the Las Vegas Wranglers from the American Hockey League.
Fallon, 27, was called up to the Houston Aeros on March 3 for his second AHL stint this season. In nine games with the Aeros, the 6’3’’, 190-pound goalie earned a 5-2-0 record with a 2.05 goals-against average and a 0.928 save percentage. While in Houston, the Bemidji, Minn. native lead the Aeros on their first four-game win streak of the season and shut out the Abbotsford Heat 1-0 to be named AHL Player of the Week for March 12-18. In 47 games with the Wranglers, Fallon has gone 30-10-4 (2.39 GAA, 0.912 save percentage) and was named ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 23-29. The netminder was also a sixth-round draft pick by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Lunden, 26, has been called up to the AHL four times this season, and started his second appearance with the St. John’s IceCaps on March 18. The 6’2’’, 202-pound left wing played in nine games, collecting an assist and eight shots on goal. Lunden tallied 42 points (21 goals, 21 assists) in 44 games with the Wranglers this season, and signed an entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009-10.
The Wranglers begin the second round of the 2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs on Monday, April 16, and Tuesday, April 17, against the Idaho Steelheads at 7:05 p.m. The best-of-seven series continues with the next three games in Idaho, and the Wranglers return home to Orleans Arena on Tuesday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 25, if necessary.