Seven straight wins lift Wranglers in standings
The defending Western Conference champion Las Vegas Wranglers have used a seven-game winning streak to move into fifth place in the conference standings with 55 points, and are within two points of Stockton for second place in the Pacific Division.
Las Vegas won each of its four outings last week, outscoring its opposition 17-6 in the process.
The Wranglers opened the week with a 4-2 win against Colorado on Monday. Andrew Sarauer (2g-1a) and Scott Pitt (1g-2a) led the way offensively with three points each, while Joe Fallon matched his season high with 40 saves to earn the win in goal.
Las Vegas opened a four-game road trip on Wednesday with a 5-0 win at San Francisco. Jody O’Neill recorded his first professional shutout in his Wranglers’ debut making 40 saves, while Sarauer once again had the hot hand offensively with a hat trick.
On Saturday, the Wranglers used a three-goal first period to defeat Bakersfield 4-1. Eric Lampe scored two goals and Judd Blackwater, Chris Francis and Sarauer each had a pair of assists while Sean Wilies added a goal and an assist.
Las Vegas ended its’ week with a come-from-behind 4-3 overtime win at Ontario on Saturday. Trailing 2-0 after one period, Adam Hughesman and Lampe pulled the Wranglers even, only to see the Reign go back ahead midway through the third period. Josh Lunden scored with just under five minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime, and Channing Boe tallied less than a minute into the extra session to give the Wranglers the win. Fallon made 19 saves to stretch his personal winning streak to six games.
Sarauer, who tallied 10 points (5g-5a) and was +9 in the four games last week, leads the Wranglers with 39 points (16g-23a) in 47 games. He is one of five players on the team with at least 32 points and one of seven players who has tallied at least 10 goals.
Francis, who represented the Wranglers at the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game, is second in the league with 190 shots on goal while Hughesman ranks fourth among rookies with 131 shots.
Fallon’s 18 wins are third in the league while he is second with 2,130 minutes played, third with 925 saves and tied for seventh with a 2.42 goals-against average.
The Wranglers conclude their road trip on Wednesday at Utah before returning home to host Idaho on Friday and Sunday.