Wranglers lose lead in last minute, fall at home to Eagles in shootout

The last time the Wranglers faced Colorado, they suffered an excruciating loss when Mark Nemec scored with one second left in regulation to lift the Eagles to victory.

Las Vegas was tormented by Colorado again on Saturday night in a 5-4 shootout loss before 4,631 at Orleans Arena.

The Wranglers, who squandered leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2, didn’t trail until the end of the game.

Luke Fulghum beat Josh Watson for his second goal with 49 seconds left in regulation to tie it 4-4 for the Eagles. Fulghum then scored the decisive goal of the shootout in the second round.

Todd Fiddler clinched the win with a goal in the fourth round of the shootout. Marc Cheverie stopped all four shots by the Wranglers.

Watson, a rookie who was claimed off waivers March 3 to fill in for injured goalie Mitch O’Keefe, stopped 31 of 35 shots in regulation and overtime in his Las Vegas debut.

He made several big saves in overtime, when the Wranglers killed a Colorado power play.

Adam Hughesman had two goals and John Armstrong had a goal and two assists for Las Vegas (16-38-7, 39 points), which has lost three straight games after winning four of six in its most successful stretch of the ECHL season.

Matt Tassone scored at 3:28 of the third period to put the Wranglers ahead 4-2.

Kyle Kraemer netted a power-play goal at 6:57 to make it 4-3, then assisted on Fulghum’s tying goal.

The Wranglers, who fell to 6-22-3 at home, will host Bakersfield at 2:05 p.m today. The game will be broadcast by KVMY (12).

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