Wranglers owner Gary Jacobs said Thursday that the city’s ECHL franchise is calling it quits after failing to find a new facility to play in next season.
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It was going on 3 a.m. today, and Kevin McGlue, the play-by-play announcer for the Colorado Eagles, was in a station break after the Wranglers beat the guys he travels with 3-0 in the annual Midnight Circus hockey game at Orleans Arena.
Downtown Las Vegas soon will be a lot cooler. Literally.
Coming off a 50-goal, 116-point season in junior hockey, Adam Hughesman saw his production plummet in his rookie year with the Wranglers last season, when he compiled just 13 goals and 31 points.
Greg Coburn put the Wranglers ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal in the first period, but Las Vegas surrendered five unanswered goals the rest of the way in a 5-1 loss to the Utah Grizzlies before 4,185 on Saturday night at Orleans Arena.
Chad Nehring scored two goals for the Wranglers, who erased a 3-1 deficit to force overtime before suffering a 4-3 shootout loss to the Utah Grizzlies on Friday night before 5,572 at the Orleans Arena.
Adam Hughesman put the Wranglers ahead 1-0 at the 4:34 mark with his team-leading 13th goal, but Las Vegas was shut out the rest of the way in a 4-1 ECHL loss to the Colorado Eagles on Wednesday night at Orleans Arena.
At Orleans Arena, Luke Fulghum scored two goals and Trent Daavettila had a goal and two assists as Colorado (23-12-7, 53 points) cruised to a 5-2 ECHL victory over the Wranglers (11-26-4, 26).
Throughout a trying season in which the Wranglers appear headed for their first losing record in 10 years and were essentially evicted from Orleans Arena, first-year coach and general manager Mike Madill has maintained his perpetually positive attitude.
Justin Bernhardt scored two goals, Chad Nehring had a goal and two assists and Travis Fullerton stopped 47 shots as the Wranglers beat ECHL Western Conference-leading Ontario 5-2 on Friday before a sellout crowd of 7,786 at Orleans Arena.