Las Vegas – The Las Vegas Wranglers opened up the Kelly Cup Finals with a win on Monday night beating the Florida Everblades 2-1 to take a 1-0 series lead.
Wranglers goaltender Joe Fallon and Everblades goaltender John Muse held the game scoreless through the first 13 minutes of the game until Wranglers left wing Pete MacArthur scored the first goal. The Wranglers maintained that 1-0 lead into the second and after surviving a double-minor penalty kill against Florida, Wranglers center Eric Lampe added a power play goal to give Las Vegas a 2-0 advantage at the end of the second.
Fallon’s second shutout of the playoffs loomed throughout the third period when, with exactly two minutes left in regulation, Everblades defenseman Mike Ratchuk tallied a goal to make it a 2-1 game. Florida was unable to score a game-tying goal, and the Wranglers took Game 1 with the 2-1 lead. Fallon, Lampe and MacArthur all received Three Star honors.
Game 2 is Tuesday night at the Orleans Arena. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.