FORT WAYNELAS VEGAS
■ NOTES: At Orleans Arena, the Wranglers allowed three second-period goals en route to their fifth straight home loss. … Scott Fleming and Chris Auger scored two minutes apart in the second as the Komets (1-1-2) went ahead 2-0. … Las Vegas (2-5-0), which has scored only eight goals during its five-game skid, trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with 2:21 left in the second on a goal by Robbie Smith. But Fort Wayne, in its second season in the ECHL, answered with a power-play goal by Mickey Lang with a minute left to restore its two-goal edge. … Mitch O’Keefe made 36 saves for the Wranglers and Andrey Makarov stopped 26 shots for the Komets. … Las Vegas enforcer Adam Huxley was suspended for three games for his actions during Tuesday’s loss to Florida, in which he received a five-minute match penalty for an illegal check to the head. … Wranglers forwards Carlo Finucci and Chad Nehring returned from injuries, but Nehring played only one period before re-aggravating his lower-body injury. … Following Sunday’s series finale against Fort Wayne, Las Vegas won’t return home until Dec. 6.
■ THREE STARS: 1. Fleming (goal, assist), 2. Lang (goal), 3. Smith (goal).
■ LAST WORD: “We’re embarrassed,” Wranglers first-year coach Mike Madill said. “We get guys in here that are supposed to do a job. They’re not doing it. You’ve got other teams outworking us every night. We take too many penalties at the wrong times. I don’t know. This is frustrating.
“We had a plan here the whole summer. You trust guys to do a job and the job’s not getting done. Right now, it’s not working and guys seem very comfortable and there’s not a reason to be comfortable.”
■ NEXT: Komets at Wranglers, 7:05 p.m. today, KVMY (12)
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