Fort Wayne Komets 3, Las Vegas Wranglers 1


FORT WAYNELAS VEGAS

3 1

■ NOTES: At Orleans Arena, the Wranglers allowed three second-period goals en route to their fifth straight home loss. ... Scott Fleming and Chris Auger scored two minutes apart in the second as the Komets (1-1-2) went ahead 2-0. ... Las Vegas (2-5-0), which has scored only eight goals during its five-game skid, trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with 2:21 left in the second on a goal by Robbie Smith. But Fort Wayne, in its second season in the ECHL, answered with a power-play goal by Mickey Lang with a minute left to restore its two-goal edge. ... Mitch O’Keefe made 36 saves for the Wranglers and Andrey Makarov stopped 26 shots for the Komets. ... Las Vegas enforcer Adam Huxley was suspended for three games for his actions during Tuesday’s loss to Florida, in which he received a five-minute match penalty for an illegal check to the head. ... Wranglers forwards Carlo Finucci and Chad Nehring returned from injuries, but Nehring played only one period before re-aggravating his lower-body injury. ... Following Sunday’s series finale against Fort Wayne, Las Vegas won’t return home until Dec. 6.

■ THREE STARS: 1. Fleming (goal, assist), 2. Lang (goal), 3. Smith (goal).

■ LAST WORD: “We’re embarrassed,” Wranglers first-year coach Mike Madill said. “We get guys in here that are supposed to do a job. They’re not doing it. You’ve got other teams outworking us every night. We take too many penalties at the wrong times. I don’t know. This is frustrating.

“We had a plan here the whole summer. You trust guys to do a job and the job’s not getting done. Right now, it’s not working and guys seem very comfortable and there’s not a reason to be comfortable.”

■ NEXT: Komets at Wranglers, 7:05 p.m. today, KVMY (12)

TODD DEWEY/LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

 

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