Wranglers' power play perks up just in time to cool off Ontario

After coming up empty on their previous 13 power plays against Ontario (Calif.), the Wranglers came through when it mattered most Friday at Orleans Arena.

Defenseman Barry Goers scored a power-play goal at 32 seconds of overtime on a wrist shot from the high slot that sailed through traffic into the net to lift Las Vegas to a 2-1 comeback victory in front of a crowd of 4,513.

The loss ended the Reign's seven-game unbeaten streak and two-game shutout streak.

"Pete MacArthur and Eric Lampe did a good job in front of the net creating traffic and taking the goalie's eyes away, and we found a way," said Goers, who has three goals this season. "The power play has been a weaker spot of our team this year. We've been trying to work on it, so fortunately it paid off."

The Wranglers (22-11-4, 48 points) were 0-for-4 with a man advantage in regulation after going 0-for-9 in Wednesday's 6-0 loss at Ontario (19-12-4, 42).

Their final power play was set up when C.J. Stretch was penalized for roughing after a hard charge to the net 20 seconds into overtime.

"I was perplexed by that one," Las Vegas coach Ryan Mougenel said. "It was a questionable call. I don't know if that's an OT call, but we'll take it.

"It was great to see Barry score, because he works so hard."

Adam Miller tied the game 1-1 with 6:19 to play in regulation, when he took a lead pass from defenseman Michael Busto in the right circle and beat Chris Carrozzi, who made 17 saves.

"What a great play by Michael Busto and (Miller) was Johnny on the spot," Mougenel said. "Some guys have a knack for scoring, and he definitely does."

Miller's goal, his 18th, snapped a scoreless drought of two hours, seven minutes, 43 seconds for the Wranglers.

"They clog it up pretty good," Miller said of the Reign. "We've just got to play the right way, take pucks wide and shoot more on this goalie."

Tristan King gave Ontario a 1-0 lead at 5:41 of the second, when he took a pass in front of the net from Vincent LoVerde and deked goaltender Joe Fallon before sliding the puck between his legs.

But Fallon (17-6-4) stoned the Reign the rest of the way, making several stellar saves while stopping 27 of 28 shots.

"Fallon was awesome, and I was concerned because he wasn't himself the last game," Mougenel said. "He really kept us in the game."

Fallon, who leads the league in minutes played, stepped up after allowing 15 goals in Las Vegas' past three games, two of them losses.

"I've got to get back on track, tighten up and steal some games when I can," Fallon said. "I knew we were going to come back. I just wanted to keep it tight."

Ontario outshot the Wranglers 16-8 in the first two periods and 28-19 overall.

MacArthur assisted on both goals for Las Vegas, which improved to 14-3-2 at home.

■ NOTES -- Forwards Ash Goldie and Scott Campbell are out with shoulder injuries, and forward Judd Blackwater is with Abbotsford of the American Hockey League.

Contact reporter Todd Dewey at tdewey@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0354.


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