Las Vegas – The Las Vegas Wranglers opened the 2013-2014 season with a win, beating the Utah Grizzlies 4-1, Saturday night at the Orleans Arena. The win is a first for Wranglers Head Coach and General Manager Mike Madill, who appeared behind the bench for his first pro game.
Scoring opened up midway through the first period when Wranglers defenseman Greg Coburn tallied a power play goal to put the team up 1-0. Utah held the 12-8 shot advantage through the opening 20 minutes, but was unable to tie the game.
The second period belonged to the Wranglers as the team killed off four penalty minutes at the 13-minute mark. As the Grizzlies power play ended, Wranglers forward Geoff Irwin posted a goal to put Las Vegas up 2-0. Less than two minutes later, Wranglers center Chris Francis fed forward Matt Tassone for a 3-0 advantage for the team. The scoring blitz wrapped up 77 seconds later as Wranglers forward Carlo Finucci hit the back of the net to make it a 4-0 game.
Utah got on the board 4:46 into the third on a power play goal from forward Jamie MacQueen. The 4-1 score held, despite Utah outshooting Las Vegas 41-22, and the Wranglers opened the 2013-14 season with a win. Wranglers goalie Travis Fullerton, making his pro debut with the team, made 40 saves, earning him second Three Star honors.
Next weekend, the Wranglers play a three-game series against the Alaska Aces starting Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:05 p.m.