By Anthony Fenech
Las Vegas Sun
LAS VEGAS – The clock struck midnight, the puck dropped and for the seventh consecutive year, the Las Vegas Wranglers gave a new meaning to the city that never sleeps.
Fans filled the Orleans Arena late Tuesday, hundreds of them dressed in pajamas and sleepwear, as they watched the Wranglers battle the Idaho Steelheads in the 2009 Midnight Holiday Roundup. The Wranglers left the ice with a 3-1 win.
“It’s a great idea,” said Wranglers fan Tony Mascari. “They draw more and more every year, and it’s really a unique atmosphere.”
Joining Mascari at the game was his son, Mike, and while both are self-proclaimed hockey followers, work and school schedules sometimes conflict with number of Wranglers games they can attend.
“It’s great for those of us that work swing shifts and aren’t able to come to all of the games,” Mascari said. “It’s not too early and it’s not too late for us.”