Strong play from goaltenders Mike McKenna and Kevin Nastiuk and offensive production from rookie Aki Seitsonen and Tyler Mosienko helped Las Vegas sweep a three-game series at Alaska and move to the top of the Pacific Division and the ECHL with 21 points (7-1-7).
The Wranglers improved to 6-0-5 on the road and helped atone for Alaska eliminating them from the Kelly Cup Playoffs, including a 4-3 triple overtime win in Game 6. It is the first time that Alaska has lost three consecutive home games since 2005 (Jan. 12 vs. Idaho and Jan. 14 and 15 vs. Fresno) and only the second time since the Aces joined the ECHL as an expansion team in 2003-04. Las Vegas plays at Fresno on Wednesday and host Bakersfield on Sunday.
In his second professional season, McKenna posted his first shutout of the season stopping 20 shots in a 4-0 win on Thursday and made 37 saves in a 5-3 win on Saturday. He is 4-1-5 and tied for second in the league with one shutout while he is ninth with a goals-against average of 2.50. Nastiuk, who is also in his second season, made 18 saves in a 4-1 win on Sunday to improve to 2-0-2 with a goals-against average of 3.38.
The 20-year-old Seitsonen led the Wranglers at Alaska with three goals and tied with Mosienko, who had a team-high five assists, for the team lead with six points. Seitsonen, who had a goal in each of the three games to extend his goal streak to four games (5g) and his point streak to four games (5g-3a), is tied for fourth among league rookies with six goals and tied for ninth with 11 points. Mosienko has a six-game point streak (3g-9a), including five multiple-point games, and he is tied for 11th in scoring with 17 points and assists with 11.
Defensemen Ryan Bonni and Jason Krischuk each had four points on a goal and three assists at Alaska. Krischuk has a four-game point streak (1g-4a) after going scoreless in his first two games. Bonni is second on the team and tied for fourth among league defensemen with 10 assists while he is second on the team and tied for fifth among defensemen with 12 points.