The Las Vegas Wranglers fell 3-1 to the Stockton Thunder tonight, ending a four-game winning streak.
Thunder goaltender Thomas Heemskerk and Wranglers goaltender Mitch O’Keefe held the game scoreless through two full periods. While being outshot 22-17 through 40 minutes of play, Las Vegas improved from five shots on goal in the first to 12 shots in the second.
Midway through the third, four goals in 3:55 minutes sealed the fate of the game. Thunder right wing Kevin Baker scored the first goal of the night after almost 49 minutes of play, and gave Stockton a 1-0 lead at 8:46. Two and a half minutes later, Wranglers left wing Adam Miller notched the first goal for Las Vegas to knot the game up 1-1. Stockton responded just 34 seconds later with a goal from center Gabriel Levesque, and a second goal from Baker seconds into a Wranglers penalty kill secured the 3-1 win for the Thunder at 12:41.
The Wranglers play the Bakersfield Condors in California tomorrow night before returning home to Orleans Arena to face the same team on Sunday. The team will wear a specialty St. Baldrick’s Foundation jersey and half the team will shave their heads on the ice after the game to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer. To donate to your favorite player, please visit the team page here. Tonight’s full box score can be found here.