The local soccer pubs started filling up early Tuesday because the U.S. was playing Belgium in the knockout round of the World Cup. These fans appeared to be dedicated, and perhaps a little loaded. They were not, however, the most dedicated sports fans in Las Vegas.
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The Wranglers (8-14-3, 19 points) fell behind 3-0 and couldn’t recover in a 4-3 road loss to Bakersfield (10-15-1, 21).
The Wranglers suffered a stunning 5-4 ECHL overtime loss to the Ontario (Calif.) Reign early Tuesday morning in their 11th annual midnight game before a fun-loving crowd of 3,823 at the Orleans Arena.
Kevin Ulanski scored a power-play goal 2:17 into overtime to give the Colorado Eagles a 4-3 ECHL victory over the Wranglers on Saturday. Adam Hughesman scored twice and Chad Nehring once for Las Vegas (8-13-2).
The Wranglers loaned defenseman Jeff May to the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars on Friday.
The Las Vegas Wranglers opened a three-game road series against the Colorado Eagles with a 4-3 shootout victory on Wednesday night.
Matt Tassone and Eddie DelGrosso scored consecutive third-period goals for the Wranglers, but San Francisco countered with two goals in the final 78 seconds to punctuate a 6-2 victory over Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon at the Orleans Arena.
The Wranglers ECHL game at Bakersfield on Saturday night was postponed because of travel conditions that prevented the Wranglers from reaching the game.
Geoff Irwin scored his seventh goal of the season 28 seconds into the third period to lift the Wranglers to a 3-1 victory over the Bakersfield Condors on Friday night at Orleans Arena.
The Las Vegas Wranglers acquired center John Armstrong in a trade with the Kalamazoo Wings and re-signed free agent forward Phillip Ischi.
Mitch O’Keefe stopped five of seven shots in the shootout and four players scored shootout goals for the Wranglers en route to a 4-3 shootout win over Idaho on Friday night in Boise.
Trent Daavettila scored a power-play goal with 42 seconds remaining in regulation Saturday night to lift the Colorado Eagles to a 4-3 victory over the Wranglers in Loveland, Colo.
Ray Sawada scored at 2:09 of overtime Friday night to give the Colorado Eagles (8-3-2) a 4-3 victory over the Wranglers (5-9-1), who scored three straight goals to erase an early 2-0 deficit at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo.
The Las Vegas Wranglers built a 5-1 third-period lead, then held off a late rally by Colorado to defeat the Eagles, 5-3, Wednesday in Loveland, Colo., to snap a two-game losing streak.
The Wranglers forward scored 19 goals and 48 points in 2011-12 for Ontario (Calif.) of the ECHL before taking last season off to explore a business venture.
FORT WAYNE LAS VEGAS
So much for the Wranglers’ strong start.
As he journeys through his first professional hockey season, Wranglers rookie goalie Travis Fullerton will encounter plenty of new places and faces. But he’s already quite familiar with one of the faces of Las Vegas’ ECHL franchise — that of coach Mike Madill.
For the second straight home game, Wranglers tough guy Adam Huxley tried to set the tone for his team by fighting Alaska defenseman B.J. Crum in the opening minute Friday night at Orleans Arena.
Setting the tone for a team that prides itself on its toughness, Wranglers enforcer Adam Huxley dropped his gloves four seconds into Las Vegas’ 11th ECHL season opener Saturday night at Orleans Arena.
Skill wasn’t enough for the Wranglers to overcome will last season, when Las Vegas lost in the first round of the playoffs for the third time in four years to eventual ECHL Western Conference champion Stockton.
Counting former coach Glen Gulutzan, a dozen players have suited up for the Wranglers before making their NHL debut.
New coach Mike Madill and Wranglers players will attend a free Fan Fest on Saturday at Scooter’s Pub, 6200 S. Rainbow Blvd.