Wranglers ride Fisher to win


Four former Wranglers goaltenders have played in the NHL.

Despite Las Vegas' history of talented netminders, no Wranglers goalie has ever notched consecutive shutouts.

That changed Tuesday night in Las Vegas' 1-0 victory over Phoenix at the Orleans Arena. For the second straight game, Glenn Fisher stopped 36 shots, becoming the first goaltender in franchise history to record back-to-back shutouts.

Fisher (10-5-2), who blanked Idaho 3-0 on Saturday and was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week on Tuesday, also extended his franchise-record scoreless streak to 167 minutes, 18 seconds.

"One goal in the last three games, that's pretty good," Las Vegas coach Glen Gulutzan said. "He's just calm and he's quick. Down the stretch, he's been playing great for us. He's exceeded my expectations."

The 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound Fisher, 25, was a 2002 fifth-round draft pick of his hometown Edmonton Oilers. He played three games each for the ECHL's Stockton Thunder and American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons this season before getting loaned to Las Vegas on Jan. 30.

"I was a little disappointed with my playing time in Springfield, but I'm happy to be here and getting playing time," Fisher said. "I've felt pretty good all year, and I've been playing on top of my game since I've been here."

The Wranglers' Steve Makway scored the lone goal, on a power play 2:04 into the third period.

Adam Miller set up the score, zipping a pass from behind the goal line to the left circle, where the 6-foot-5-inch, 230-pound Makway rifled the puck past RoadRunners goalie Kyle Jones (19 saves) for his second goal of the season.

After winning just once in their previous 13 outings, the Wranglers (30-26-8) have now won three straight games for just the second time this season and opened a 12-point lead over Phoenix (26-32-4), which is in last place in the nine-team National Conference. The top eight teams make the playoffs.

"We need to get to the playoffs, and it was important for us to get a win tonight," Gulutzan said. "Phoenix is in last place, and we needed to get some distance between us and them."

 

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