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Wranglers Win 3-2, Sweep Grizzlies on the Road

wranglers April 3, 2012 0

Photo by John Bosworth

The Las Vegas Wranglers won 3-2 over the Utah Grizzlies tonight, sweeping the Grizzlies in the first two games in the best-of-five playoff series.

Wranglers center Judd Blackwater tallied an early goal in the first to give Las Vegas a 1-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. Utah tied the game up six minutes later on a power play goal from left wing Kory Falite, but a power play goal from Wranglers center Chris Francis in the last 42 seconds of the period put Las Vegas back on top, 2-1. Between 11 combined penalties given out in the first, the Grizzlies outshot the Wranglers 19-13.

On another goal in the first four minutes of the period, Wranglers defenseman Michael Busto scored at 3:44 in the second to give Las Vegas the 3-1 lead. Wranglers goaltender Mitch O’Keefe held the Grizzlies scoreless through the rest of the period until 12:48 in the third, when defenseman Josh Burrows cut the Wranglers’ lead to one goal. Utah couldn’t make up the difference, though, and the Wranglers collected their second win in a row over the Grizzlies with a final score of 3-2. O’Keefe, in net for both playoff game wins, earned the top Three Star honor, and Wranglers center Eric Lampe collected one as well with three assists in the game.¬†Wranglers left wing Adam Miller registered three assists as well.

Las Vegas now leads the series 2-0 over Utah, and the best-of-five round continues at home on Thursday, April 5, at 7:05 p.m. at Orleans Arena. If necessary, games four and five will take place Friday, April 6, and Monday, April 9. Tonight’s full box score can be found here.

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