By Steve Silver
Las Vegas Sun
LAS VEGAS – While most hockey teams dream of two-goal leads in the playoffs, the Las Vegas Wranglers probably have nightmares about them.
The Wranglers have squandered five different two-goal advantages in eight postseason games this year.
Unfortunately for the Stockton Thunder, history did not repeat itself Monday as the Wranglers successfully converted an early two-goal lead into a 4-2 victory to even the Pacific Division finals at one game apiece in front of 2,816 fans at the Orleans Arena.
Las Vegas will now head to Stockton for games three and four on Thursday and Saturday nights, respectively. If necessary, the Wranglers will host the final three games of the series.
“This one was huge,” said Wranglers forward Dan Riedel. “You know the schedule. We couldn’t go into their building for two down 2-0. We were all pretty confident after losing Game 1 and I think we came out and stuck to our game plan tonight.”