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December 19, 2014

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Wranglers continue to ride hot streak

The Las Vegas Wranglers' hot streak kept on rolling in Victoria, British Columbia Friday night as team captain Shawn Limpright netted two goals to lift the Wranglers past the Salmon Kings 4-2 in front of 6,263 fans at the Save On Foods Memorial Centre.

The Wranglers (22-18-4) have now won four straight – the team's longest win streak of the season – and have moved within four points of the Pacific Division lead.

Limpright kicked off the night's scoring midway through the first period with a blistering shot from the right-wing circle to put Las Vegas up 1-0.

Victoria (29-14-4) countered, though, as Wes Goldie tallied his 38th goal of the season with only 18 seconds remaining in the first period to tie the contest 1-1.

After killing off three straight Victoria power plays, Las Vegas took the lead in the second period when Adam Miller buried his 11th goal of the season with only 1:52 left in the middle frame.

Wranglers' forward Mick Lawrence extended Las Vegas' lead to 3-1 just 37 seconds into the third period. Although Victoria's Adam Taylor later closed the gap with his first goal of the season, the Salmon Kings were unable to stymie the Wranglers.

Limpright added his second goal of the night with an empty netter in the final minute to seal the Wranglers' sixth victory in seven nights.

Las Vegas goaltender Kevin Lalande made 34 saves to improve to 8-8-2 on the year.

The Wranglers will stay in the friendly confines of the Save On Foods Memorial Centre for two more games with the Salmon Kings on Saturday and Sunday.

Steve Silver can be reached at 948-7822 or [email protected].

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