Wranglers run out of late heroics, fall 3-2 in shootout

For the third straight game, the Wranglers fell behind early before rallying to force overtime at Orleans Arena.

After notching dramatic wins in their previous two contests, Las Vegas’ sudden-death success ended Sunday in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stockton Thunder.

Tony DeHart beat Joe Fallon in the eighth round of the shootout to give Stockton a 3-2 edge, and Thunder goalie Thomas Heemskerk stopped Adam Miller to preserve the victory.

Neither team scored in the first five rounds of the shootout, then they exchanged goals in the next two rounds. Stockton’s Kevin Baker and Ryan Martindale scored, and Barry Goers and Mike Madill answered for Las Vegas.

Las Vegas (7-4-3), unbeaten in regulation in its last five games (3-0-2), outshot Stockton 29-10 through two periods and 40-24 overall.

“I thought we definitely controlled the play,” Wranglers coach Ryan Mougenel said. “We ran into a hot goalie. I thought he was phenomenal.”

Pete MacArthur tied the game 2-2 for the Wranglers with a power-play goal with 7:13 remaining. MacArthur, who leads the ECHL in assists (12), extended his point streak to eight games.

Garet Hunt scored from close range at 1:49 of the third period to give Stockton (4-3-3) a 2-1 lead.

Las Vegas tied it at 1-all 30 seconds into the second when Goers fired a blast from the right point and Ryan Weston deflected it past Heemskerk.

The Thunder took a 1-0 lead with 6:20 left in the first period on a wraparound goal by Jordan Foreman.

“We’ve got to keep our foot on the gas and get that first goal,” Mougenel said.

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

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