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November 22, 2014

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Las Vegas continues to stumble

Wranglers blow three-goal lead to lose fourth straight

Less than one week from climbing atop the Pacific Division standings, the Las Vegas Wranglers find themselves riding a four-game losing streak with no end in sight.

The Wranglers squandered an early three-goal lead before falling 4-3 in overtime to the Idaho Steelheads in front of 3,060 fans at QWest Arena on Wednesday night.

After missing the last four games due to a neck injury, Peter Ferraro scored two consecutive goals in the first period to give the Wranglers a 2-0 lead. Hugo Carpentier added another at 17:01 in the first to send Las Vegas into the first intermission up 3-0.

That early scoring burst would prove inadequate as the Steelheads battled back. Former Wrangler Garett Bembridge scored the game-tying goal with 3:20 remaining in the contest to force overtime.

Another former Wrangler, Matt McKnight netted the game-winner just 1:13 into overtime.

Although he picked up the loss, Las Vegas goalie Matt Keetley made 43 saves as the Steelheads out-shot the Wranglers 47-23.

The Wranglers (26-20-6) will remain in Idaho for another shot at the Steelheads (28-16-3) on Friday at 6:10 p.m.

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

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